Gout is something that torments a significant portion of our population, but it can be treated. This article is going to overview a little bit about what causes gout, and how to treat it at home.
Understanding the cause of gout
Gout causes problems when the body’s pH levels are significantly lower than they should be, typically a 5-5.5. Ideally, your body’s levels of pH will be at about a 7.35-7.45. It follows naturally then that what needs to be done to treat gout is an adjustment of pH levels.
To that end, treatment of gout often involves not only ingesting solutions, but also regularly monitoring your own pH levels with urine testing strips (to ensure you aren’t causing more problems, rather than less).
The following is a solution for gout, one that should help your body naturally correct its pH levels.
Combine the following ingredients:
- 1 tsp of baking soda
- 1 lemon
- 250mL of water
The result will be a liquid solution that you can then drink. Within an hour or so, your pH levels should be returning to normal. This isn’t the end of treatment however, as you do need to repeat it in the morning and at night for several days to ensure your body stays at a normal pH level long enough to address the gout.
Other treatment tips
Treating gout can be a process that has more than one element though. On top of drinking the cure itself, it often requires pain management techniques (my preference being 500 mg of acetaminophen as needed), rest, and a lot of water.
Staying hydrated (eight glasses of 250mL of water per day to be exact) will allow your body to function at its finest, to really encourage it to deal with the gout.
Similarly, there are foods you can eat that can also assist your body in maintaining healthy pH levels, you will find them listed below.
Foods that help with the treatment of gout
- Olive oil
It is worth noting that while these foods help the body to manage its pH levels, there are foods that hinder this goal. To that end, ensure you avoid the foods on the list below when trying to rid your body of gout.
Foods to avoid when treating gout
- Red meat
- Shell fish
- Soda/Soft Drinks
These foods negatively influence your body’s pH levels, and will only counteract your treatment efforts. It is best to avoid them entirely when working to treat gout.