This page about gout diet tips - drinking water - was last reviewed or updated on 16 October 2013.
Water use in gout - You know that drinking lots of water is one of the top natural gout remedies. Don’t fancy drinking so much water? Probably not, but if you’re not used to this, persevere and it will become part of your lifestyle.
A method of cutting down plain water you drink is to drink alkaline water. Drinking four glasses of alkaline water is probably easier than drinking eight glasses of plain or bottled water. More information about alkaline water is on the alkalizing (alkalising) agents page of this website.
Another gout diet tip - you can get water from many foods. Watermelon, the highest water content food, is 92% water and is low purine. Tomatoes are the second highest. They are low purine, alkaline if raw and acidic when cooked. Take note of this if your pH balance isn’t satisfactory. To check the water content of foods visit the USDA National Nutrient database.
Details about how to use this free comprehensive database, including how to download and use it on your home computer, are on the gout vitanutrients page.
But water in foods should not really be counted as part of your daily water intake, because you can't be as sure of how much you've had, as you can when you know you've had a glass of water.
How do you know if you’ve met your daily water requirement?
Counting your daily score of water drunk is tedious and prone to memory lapses. Follow this gout diet tip.
Each evening, or first thing in the morning, fill a jug with 8 x 8 fl.ozs of water (64 fl.ozs). Or the amount you have determined, for example two jugs each of 4 x 4 fl.ozs of water and 4 x 4 fl.ozs of juice; or one jug of 10 x 8 fl.ozs of water and so on. Use this source to make your other water based drinks which count. (See below).
Put the jug the refridgerator (refrigerator). Use only this jug for your drinking water and other relevant beverages. If you travel, or drink water at a place of work, draw your drinking water supply only from this jug. When refilling the jug in the evening (or early morning) ensure the jug is empty, which means that you drank your daily gout diet requirement.
Or, another method if you are going to work.....
Have you had enough water for gout at work? Take a 34 fluid ounces water bottle to work. That's about 4 x 8 oz glasses. This is close to a litre (liter). Many mineral water bottles are in this size. Drink it before lunch. Fill it up again. Drink another bottle before you go home, or save some for the evening.
And the recommended 8 glasses a day - think of 2 x 1 litre (liter) bottles. It's as near as makes no difference.
It sounds like a lot, but you will get used to it, and you will be doing the right thing. Diluted uric acid is more easily excreted by the kidneys.
Or use this?
There is an app for most mobile phones called waterlogged, which has some appealing graphics. You could use this to record your water consumption and track it daily, weekly etc. on your phone. Very useful if you use a mobile phone daily.
Which other drinks made from water can be counted as part of your daily water intake?
Other drinks which count as part of your daily water count are: tea (black tea), green tea, fruit and herbal teas, decaffeinated coffee (not regular coffee – add one glass of pure water for every cup of regular coffee you drink), and juices (preferably home made). Milk can also be counted. One study found that the proteins in milk reduced uric acid levels in healthy people. And milk is low purine so it should be included in a low purine gout diet. But only if your diet isn't strict.
But if you need to be really strict, only pure water counts. After those 8 glasses, you can then add something else.
The best gout diet plan avoids alcohol
Alcohol does not count and should be taken in moderation, if at all, anyway. The only exception is wine - at most two glasses a day. If you do drink alcohol, drink more water to compensate.
Home made lemonade from fresh lemon juice, pure water which is sweetened ideally with sucralose (Splenda) or stevia, (but not sugar), is an excellent choice. This is because lemons are among the most alkaline (yes alkaline, not acidic) of fruits. This helps to raise body pH. So too of course are juices made from berries, especially bilberries, strawberries, blueberries and elderberries.
Why you should drink water throughout the day ?
You need to make sure your water drinking is evenly spaced out during the day. If you drink too much in the evening, to catch up on what's been missed, you'll be making bathroom trips at night and probably lose sleep.
Another gout diet tip - get to know how much water you should drink
Experienced gout sufferers get to know how much water they should drink. A male gout sufferer knew that three liters (litres) a day was not enough, but that four liters (litres) daily would stave off gout attacks. That's the kind of experienced knowledge you need.
Experiment to beat gout pain
As soon as you feel an impending gout attack (hopefully you are not asleep) try drinking at least two litres (liters) of water in an hour, or less, to find out if this relieves the gout attack. It is crucial to deal with a gout attack as soon as you realise (realize) it's coming. So start drinking water immediately, that is, before the gout attack has a chance to get established, to dilute uric acid. Diluted uric acid crystallises (crystallizes) less readily and is better excreted. Uric acid is not very soluble, and needs a lot of water to dilute it.
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Drinking milk has lowered blood uric acid in studies. Read more about milk and gout here.
Orange juice had also lowered blood uric acid levels. Read about orange juice for gout here.