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Baking Soda Treatment for Gout

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Baking Soda for Gout

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.

Have you tried baking soda for gout? Please share your story with us! Continue reading to see how our readers cured their gout with simply baking soda!


25 User Reviews



Posted by Brenda (Ottawa) on 08/02/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I'm not one to write a review on many things, but I feel a sense of obligation because other people took the time to share their healing story which helped me out. Two days ago I had severe pain in my left ankle that kept me up all night. It couldn't be attributed to overwork or any strain of any sort. I googled my symptoms and figured out I had gout. I love earth clinic and have always turned here for help so I trusted this site for help. I tried 1/2 a teaspoon of baking soda in half a glass of water and took it 4 times. By the end of the day the pain had basically gone and now it is the next day, and I have no pain whatsoever! Thank you Earth Clinic and all who took the time to post.


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Posted by Jon (Bomaderry Nsw ) on 08/12/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I have a history of gout and recently started taking Shilajit after reading some of the "hype" about its benefits on the internet. Recently I had a meal at our local club and the following day developed gout in my right foot. I blamed this on something I must have eaten at the club. I started taking sodium bicarbonate and rubbed onion into the foot as well as taking an Epsom salt foot bath and the gout cleared up within a few days.

Several weeks later I developed gout in my left big toe and this was very painful. I did some more research on the internet as the only difference with my diet was my taking Shilajit every day. I then came across several reputable website warning about taking this product if suffering from gout. I stopped taking the Shilajit and started taking small doses of sodium bicarbonate in an 8 ounce glass of water several times a day and just before bedtime. The gout has now subsided as my PH has gone from 6 back up to around 7.5.

According to the websites Shilajit increases uric acid and this is not good for anyone who suffers from gout.

Replied by Rose
(Wigan, UK)
11/02/2017

Is it only my husband who has gout everywhere except his feet? He's had it for about 2 1/2 months and has been wracked with pains, in his hips, legs, shoulders, forearms, wrists and hands. It was only diagnosed as gout after 5 weeks and he was given hip x-rays, blood tests and paracetamol. Then he was diagnosed with gout and given codeine (double dose). We're hoping that the baking soda we've just bought will work. Has anyone else had such a severe dose of gout, and used baking soda?

Also, is baking soda the same thing as baking powder?

EC: No, baking soda is sodium bicarbonate. Baking powder contains sodium bicarbonate and two more acids, monocalcium phosphate, and sodium aluminum sulfate.


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Posted by Joe (Nottingham Uk) on 05/15/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Baking Soda cures Gout. Really yes really

I'll keep this brief, but a couple of years ago I came down with what must surely be the most painful affliction I have ever experienced namely gout in my big toe, I can only compare the pain to being stabbed with red hot pokers by members of the Devil's own horde. I was about to spend a prolonged summer with my lady travelling in Europe when the gout occured, managed to see my GP (MD) before we left and was prescribed Naproxen - turned out to be a big mistake. These were the tablets from hell - side effects included palpitations, stomach cramps, nausea, hallucinations, fitful sleep, unpleasant vivid dreams but most disturbingly they altered my mood/personality, I literally became a different person a monster very short tempered and aggressive, anyway the summer could have been better, on our return I didn't know if I still had a lady, didn't know if she would ever trust me again, even questioned my sanity. The the only thing I did know for certain was I still had this soddin gout.

I was determined to research gout and its causes and thanks to Dr Google I came across Earth Clinic, and whilst taking Baking Soda on the surface seems preposterous I was desperate to try anything - but surprisingly it works - many thanks EC you have probably saved my relationship you've certainly saved my mobility.

My regimen - start the day by drinking three large glasses of spring water (in total about 1 litre) one of which has a teaspoon of Baking Soda.

Take Ibuprofen as required

Take a glass of water with Baking Soda once or twice more during the day.

I was aware that taking Baking Soda was an unknown and I wasn't sure how much to take so I acquired ph strips, each morning I tested my urine and if acidic took the BS and if alkaline didn't bother of course.

Two days later the gout had miraculously disappeared.

This worked for me - and this is what I have learned

MY gout is caused by physical stress ie. stubbing, hitting knocking my foot - NOT diet I still eat meat, fish vegetables fruit all the usual food I have always eaten (I have to say I don't eat junk tho) I still drink alcohol (probably too much according to the UK health police) and I still start the day with my usual three glasses of spring water and should there be even the slightest hint or suspicion of gout then the Baking Soda reappears.

That's it - it worked for me hope it helps you. This crazy world has ordained that when you see your GP and you need medicine you're likely to be prescribed some chemical that is not working in harmony with your body. I'ts nice to know that sometimes you can take responsibility for your own well being. Take care now.


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Posted by Paloma (South Carolina) on 06/03/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Gout *** Mix 1/2 teaspoon of Baking Soda in 1 cup of water and drink in the morning and at night. This will change your PH balance. I hurt from gout for 3 days straight. Terrible pain and I could hardly walk. Looked up natural remedies for gout and found what I mentioned above. It worked WONDERS!!! So much relief in maybe 2 hrs tops:) Time varies with each person. I have shared this with many of my patients, family, and friends ...anyone that will listen and is open to try it. It's the simple things, praise the Lord!!


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Posted by Carol (Mombasa, Kenya ) on 03/18/2016
5 out of 5 stars

For gout - use bi-carbonate of soda.


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Posted by Bman (Paducah, Ky) on 03/01/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I cannot believe I found this website. I first experienced gout at age 41. Standard symptom - right large toe knuckle. Thought it was broke when I woke up. Took Colchicine .6 3x a day until you know what started. Problem gone. Then occasional flare over last 6 years until this last year. Several flares, with the last one going on for three weeks. Started in my left foot arch(top). Went and got a shot (steroid), took Colchicine. Went away for a week, came back in my right foot toe knuckle. went back to doctor after taking pills for a few days, got another steroid shot. Foot better next day. Next day same foot, same spot, took Colchicine 3x day till flushing began. Foot somewhat better for couple of days, joint very stiff.

After 3-4 days, again started Colchicine and indomethacin 3x a day. Day 1, no real relief and that evening foot swelled bad, no rest. Second day same, until tonight I found this website. I literally could not bend the joint at all.

It took 4 oz of water mixed with baking soda completely dissolved. About an hour later, I have almost full motion!!! I'm amazed!!! Thanks for this website!


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Posted by Ricky (Bush La.) on 02/02/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I have had terrible gout in the past. I was so desperate at one point I looked up home remedies and found that taking 1/2 a tsp. baking soda in a large glass of water 3 times a day works for me [every time] over nite, for at least ten years. It seems not to work for everybody but I always keep some on hand. Good luck, Ricky


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Posted by Shan (Usa) on 04/05/2014
5 out of 5 stars

Had gout for a week, found this web site, used baking soda, 1 teaspoon in a glass of water. Next day jumped out of bed no pain gout gone and did not have to spend a heap of money on doctor appointments and medication that did not work, thanks earth clinic you are the best.

Replied by Shane
(Australia)
05/12/2014

That last post about 1 teaspoon of baking soda and water was not from Shan in the USA , it was from shane in Australia.

Replied by Dan
(Ubon, Thailand)
01/21/2015
4 out of 5 stars

I have had Gout for two months now. Seems to stay with me even though I have quit drinking any alcohol, sodas, now I just drink water. I am trying to figure out what foods triggers it with no results. Yesterday I came on your website and started the Baking Soda Remedy since I cannot find the products for the other Remedies here in Thailand. Started with one half teaspoon last night and Ibuprofen (2 tabs of Advil) and the same this morning. I am about 25% better and will take another one half teaspoon tonight. I am interested in any reports of side effects of the baking soda! Have any been reported on this website? Thanks-More later.

Respectfully, Dan


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Posted by Michel (Manila) on 07/09/2013

For gout, take 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water - every 4 hours.

Replied by Lisa
(Cleveland, Georgia)
08/11/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I've had muscle/joint stiffness in my right big toe for 10 days now and it has just gotten worse. I have been trying toe flexing exercises and massaging my foot. It felt good but didn't help. It took three days for me to remember this sites name! I have it book marked now. Every other website didn't even mention Gout nor baking soda. I had been taking ACV for four days now (with the mother). Not much of a difference, if any. I wasn't even going to try the baking soda at first. But, after reading that it only took a day I decided to give it a try. I had a glass of water sitting in front of me and the baking soda was just a few feet away. Within 2 hours, I barely noticed any pain in my foot. I'm only 44 years young. I eat well and I am a yoga and zumba instructor. I run, bike and hike when I'm not doing my first two hobbies. Gout be gone!

Replied by Shesgg
(Nw Ohio)
01/20/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I was also taking Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother for days and not much improvement in fact, I was in agony, crying, frustrated with the pain...

I have High Blood Pressure so I was reluctant to try baking soda but I decided to eliminate all other salt just to try this. I have heard nothing but good results. My pain didn't subside until the next day but it did subside. In fact, I'm sitting here practically pain free today because of the baking soda, I'm convinced. Just yesterday, I was sitting here crying.

There is still some stiffness but gosh, it is so good to be pain free.

Replied by Steven
(Virginia)
01/12/2016

The sodium in baking soda is not a salt compound.


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Posted by Carly (Pnw, Usa) on 07/08/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Alkalize! If you catch gout early and take 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 8 ounces of water three to four times a day.... You can knock it out in a day or two. My husband used to get gout every few months. He drinks beer and eats a lot of red meat. No dietary restrictions for him! Anyway, his last attack he was amazed that I got it to go away literally overnight! He thought it was magic. He has not had another attact in over six months, which is a record for him. Not sure what is up there, but knocking on wood. He would get gout in his big toe or ankle. One time his ankle got so big, they thought it might be cellulitis! Anyway, gout is nasty. As for eating soy.... From what I have read - men should not eat soy, as it promotes estrogen. I would research it more before eating it if I were you. Good luck!


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Posted by Body Magic (Chicago, Il Usa) on 05/07/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, I had gout for about 5 years before I finally realized what to do. I have been gout free for about a year. The key is water alkalized water, a little baking soda in your water every day. The gout cannot survive in an alkaline body so drink baking soda water and eat lots of fruit. The cherries are good and exercise- try to walk or light jog 3 - 4 days a week at least 30 minutes. You'll be good to go.


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Posted by Jim (Athabasca, Alberta Canada) on 04/24/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Gout is caused by uric acid. I found using baking soda (a small amount under the tongue) 4-5 times a day rapidly reduces the gout. simply neutralizes the acid by absorbing directly into the blood.


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Posted by John (Lowell, Mass) on 04/07/2012
5 out of 5 stars

To who ever suffers from gout listen to this. My mechanic is 38 years old. He unlike his father had never suffered from an attack of gout. He had an attack of gout in his right foot. Severe pain followed. He tried ice. It helped the pain but he had to keep the ice applied to the foot. He had gone to the doctor twice, putting him on two types of medication for the gout. Nothing worked. His father had been on medication for it. When paul asked the doctor for the same meds his father was taking the doctor said he didn't want him to use it. No reason was given why. The doctor gave him a prescription for a third medication. It had no effect.

After 3 and a half months of limping around his shop, an older man came to deliver some auto parts. When he saw Paul was limping around he asked what was wrong. Paul told him gout. He told the gentleman that he had been to the doctor, been given meds and nothing was working. The man told him to get baking soda, warm water and take it 3 times a day. Paul just blew it off and when the pain persisted he tried it with little faith.

He took 3 teaspoons a day with warm water. His gout was gone in two days. He was incredulous.


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Posted by Carly (Seattle, Wa - Usa) on 02/03/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Hello Fellow Earth Clinic Followers -

Well, this was our second time since finding the baking soda cure that gout has reared its ugly head in our house.

I wrote in on it last time, but since it happened again, and we had just as AMAZINGLY AWESOME results - I wanted to write in again to revalidate the effect it had on my husband.

On Monday my husband started out with a pain in his foot. He was gimping about, but went to work - not telling me. He came home early, knowing it was the dreaded gout.

I started him on the 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda in 8 oz. of water immediately. One dose that afternoon, and one more before bed.

Gave him another dose the next morning, and then noon.... by evening his symptoms were receding.

Amazing! Normally this would be over a week long battle... And we now have it down to well under three days. It never did turn into the complete HELL it usually does either.

I believe that the trick is to catch it IMMEDIATELY. We could have caught it a few hours earlier than we did, but still, it was before a complete explosion of redness, heat and swelling. We know the warning signs now.

When in doubt, down a glass of water with 1/2 tsp of baking soda in it - do NOT wait for it to get ugly!

Best,

Carly


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Posted by Dj (Calgary, Alberta) on 09/23/2011
5 out of 5 stars

1 for BS. Got my first run-in with gout 2 days ago (left big toe joint). I have had a couple of bouts with tendonitis in the upper arm and shoulder (rotator) in the past so after taking two 8-year-old naproxin pills over approx 8 hours, I settled in for about a week of slow recovery. However just before hobbling into the sack I borrowed some old baking soda from a friend's fridge and downed about 3/4 tsp in a glass of water. Slept good, and as I sit here writing this the following morning, I have just finished cleaning out the storerroom in my apartment. Swelling/redness 90% gone and 100% no pain.



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