Does Baking Soda Help With Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by crystals forming around the joints (via Mayo Clinic). These crystals are caused by high levels of uric acid in the blood. Gout can cause pain and inflammation in any joint, but is most common in the big toe. People who have this condition can also experience gout attacks, which are sudden occurrences of swelling and pain in the affected areas of the body. This condition is typically treated by medication that can manage pain and/or decrease uric acid levels in the blood. People who don't want to deal with the side effects of medication or don't want to take medication may also seek out natural treatments.

According to Healthline, baking soda may help ease some gout symptoms. There is a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest that taking ½ teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in water up to eight times per day can help people with this condition. However, there is little clinical research supporting this theory. That being said, as long as you only take small amounts of baking soda, you should not experience negative health effects and may want to try this remedy if you have gout. Medical News Today recommends that adults take no more than ½ teaspoon of baking soda per day, which is contrary to the suggestion to take more than that above. It is a good idea to speak with your doctor before you begin taking baking soda for gout.

Other treatments for gout

It is important to seek treatment for gout. When left untreated, it will only get worse and can eventually erode and destroy your joints (via Mayo Clinic). You can also develop advanced gout, which creates urate crystal deposits under the skin all over the body that can also become tender and uncomfortable during gout attacks. Untreated gout can also increase your risk of developing kidney stones.

One common way to treat gout is to follow the gout diet. This diet is high in foods that can decrease the levels of uric acid in the blood and make the condition more manageable. According to Verywell Health, the most optimal foods to eat on a gout diet include vegetables, citrus fruits, low-fat dairy products, and whole grains. Some types of meat like chicken are okay, but red meat and organs meats should be avoided. Certain types of seafood, like anchovies, shellfish, sardines, and tuna are high in purines and should also be avoided. Speak with your doctor if you have gout and want to try the gout diet.