Gout treatment foods....consider the pH potential of foods and beverages

This page about gout treatment foods, alkalinity in gout treatment, was last reviewed or updated on 31 May 2012.

For this gout treatment, you have to consider the alkaline and acid effects of foods/drinks on the body. To repeat the crucial point - you will probably remove more uric acid when your body is more alkaline. If other alkalizing agents are not used, or perhaps even if they are, you can raise your pH level by eating foods with a higher alkalinity effect on the body than those with a higher acidity effect.

Western diets, and maybe others around the world, it's said, are too acidic and our body is healthier when it is more alkaline than acidic. To see why our diets are too acidic, look at the acid foods list below. Aren’t they are the foods that most people like the most? Eating more alkaline effect foods will raise your pH level. So, which foods have the potential to be gout treatment foods from this dietary perspective?

The pH scale of foods ranks the acid/alkaline ratio It ranges from 0-14: 7 is neutral; greater than 7 is alkaline, less than 7 is acidic. It is also a logarithmic scale. On this scale, as on the pH test strips scale, a single whole number change (whether up or down) means a change of 10 times the previous number.

To give an example. If one food has a pH of 6.0 and another a pH of 5.0, the food with the pH of 5.0 is 10 times more acidic than the one with a pH of 6.0. Similarly, if one food has a pH of 8.0 and another has a pH of 6.0, the pH 8.0 food is 100 times (10 x 10) more alkaline than than the pH 6.0 food or 1,000 (10 x 10 x 10) times more alkaline than a food with a pH of 5.0. 

So small number changes on this scale in fact mean very significant differences between the alkalinity and acidity of different foods. It makes some foods gout treatment foods and others, gout foods to avoid. It's possible, but just my speculation, that highly acidic foods could be gout food triggers if an acidic body excretes less uric acid.

Approximately, the following kinds of foods and beverages have an alkaline effect.

Most fruits and most vegetables; some nuts and seeds; mineral water, hard (more minerals) tap (faucet) water, alkaline water; most spices and seasonings; lentils, tofu, soy. These are better gout treatment foods, if you use an alkaline (pH) diet to try to improve your uric acid level.

Approximately, the following have an acidic effect 

Eggs, meat, poultry, fish, artificial sweeteners, dairy products (milk, butter, cheese, ice cream); most cooking oils (including corn and canola (rapeseed oil)); coffee; sugar, grain products such as bread, crackers, pasta, noodles, spaghetti, rice, cakes, biscuits (cookies), cereals; legumes (beans and peas); cranberries; gooseberries. 

Acidic beverages: colas, alcoholic beverages, and some say, any bottled water that isn’t  mineral water; also soft tap (faucet) water.

Other acidic substances 

Pharmaceuticals (medicinal drug medications), narcotic drugs that cause euphoria, hallucinations and other mind state alterations, tobacco, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. These latter three are an argument for making your gout treatment foods organic whenever possible. And acidity is also an argument in favour of avoiding narcotic drugs.

The residues of metabolism 

After foods have been metabolized, they leave a residue in the body called ash. Ash is more alkaline if it’s measured at 7.0 or above, and more acidic if measured at below 7.0. Which foods leave ash that is more alkaline and which leave ash that are more acidic? There is not agreement about this – one reason why pH food charts vary. But ash is one of the factors that determines the body's acid/alkaline balance.

pH surprises 

Dates, a fruit which are very alkaline, and have loads of potassium, which is good for gout. (But they also contain lots of sugars, which make them questionable if you attempt a restricted carbohydrate diet for gout). Tomatoes are alkaline if eaten raw. But once cooked, they have an acidic effect in the body when metabolised (metabolized).

Related links

Return to ways of measuring and boosting your pH levels.

Visit our tips for dealing with the pH of foods and beverages page

Visit our pH (alkaline gout remedies) testimonials page, where our visitors explain how pH helped them. And where you can learn something about alkaline remedies in the 19th century.

Read how 26 young women raised their urine pH, and their uric acid excretion, by eating more alkaline foods. 

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