How Baking Soda can Help With Gout
If you have found yourself suffering with gout, then adding baking soda in to your diet is adding a substance that is known to be an alkalizing agent. It is one of those traditional remedies which have been known to help with gout, and many of those people who suffer with gout swear by it. The effects are known to be quick, and can provide relief in as little as a day.
When you are preparing your dose of baking soda, you need half a teaspoon mixed in with around 225ml of water. Ensure that it is fully dissolved in the water, and taking this four times a day, including one dose before bedtime. The reason for taking it before bedtime is that the body is reputed to be more acidic during the night, which is why many attacks of gout tend to occur between midnight and dawn.
If you are intending to try baking soda as a potential cure for your gout problems, then you should ensure that you have checked with your doctor before trying this, as there are some side effects, which can include increased blood pressure, loss of appetite, nausea, headaches, vomiting and more. Because baking soda has a high salt content, you should try and reduce the sources of salt you take in as much as you can. Some people will also have results by using a quarter of a teaspoon diluted in water four times a day.
Baking Soda has been a well known treatment for gout since the nineteenth century, where British doctor Alfred Garrod had identified that gout was caused by too much uric acid being contained in the blood. In his published work at the time, he wrote about how he believed that alkalizing the blood was the key to treating gout.
The natural pH of the blood tends to be best maintained slightly alkaline, but with the uric acid which can be retained in the blood this can change the natural balance and what the baking soda does is to restore this natural alkaline balance.
Another area which you would need to consider before supplementing baking soda to your diet is its effect on other parts of the body as well as the blood. By taking baking soda, it may raise the pH of the fluid which is contained in the joints, which is another reason you should consult your doctor before starting with this sort of treatment.
However, baking soda is definitely not a cure-all for gout, and there are many sufferers and doctors who do not think it has a beneficial effect. An online poll carried out into the effect of baking soda found that over 80 per cent of people found that baking soda had the positive effect they were looking for, and around 15 per cent finding it not to be effective at all.
Baking soda’s effects to kidney disease sufferer have also been found to have beneficial effect.