Old fashioned baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is an effective natural treatment for gout. This simple and inexpensive home remedy can alleviate gout pain quickly as it balances and alkalizes pH.
How Much Baking Soda do I Take for Gout?
A typical dose of baking soda for gout is 1/2 teaspoon in an 8 ounce glass a water, taken 1-3 times a day. The baking soda will help to increase pH levels, which are low in many gout sufferers. Sometimes a decrease in pain is noticed in a matter of hours of drinking the tonic. A smaller person may need as little as 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in an 8 ounce glass of water.
Increasing your water intake is very important for gout. Water helps to flush out toxins and the uric acid crystals. Pain is worse when the body is dehydrated, so keeping well hydrated will reduce pain.
Baking Soda Baths
If you are unable to use baking soda internally, adding a cup of baking soda to a bath and soaking for 20 minutes is another way to use baking soda for gout. If you don’t want a full tub bath, try 1/4 cup of baking soda in a foot soak for 30 minutes a few times a day.
Cautions: When Not to Take Baking Soda
Baking soda in water is best taken on an empty stomach and should not be taken on a very full stomach. It is extremely rare, but there are reports of stomach rupture from taking baking soda on a very full stomach.
Baking soda may be contraindicated with certain health conditions or medications. If you have a chronic health problem or take medications, check with your doctor before taking baking soda for medicinal purposes.
Doesn’t Baking Soda Contain Aluminum?
Because baking powder, which contains baking soda, has been found to contain aluminum in many brands, there is confusion on the internet about whether or not baking soda has aluminum in it. Baking soda does NOT have aluminum in it. False and deceptive claims about baking soda containing aluminum proliferates on the internet health forums and should be ignored.
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