Comment posted by Sherry of Sacramento, CA, USA on 1 October 2015 at 14:27 3662
pH test papers are critical for managing gout. I get the rolls, as they are cheaper than the strips. Keep a small white bowl handy in the bathroom, spit in it and drop a tiny piece of the paper in it, then compare with the chart on the paper’s container. They are very accurate, and give you an idea of how acidic you are at a given moment. I have been able to maintain a 7.0 pH, which is neutral, the pH of water, even with a system that constantly pushes down as low as 5.8 or 6.0 on a regular basis from the uric acid. When you test low, then take the remedies to neutralize the acid, find out which ones work for you, and you can keep the crystals from building up by constantly neutralizing them.
I do a saliva pH test every day.
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate). My pH levels can be raised using either straight baking soda or sodium citrate (aka citric acid reacted with baking soda), HOWEVER, I don’t react well to the influx of sodium, because my ankles swell up like balloons! For me, the acid reducing effects of the baking soda aren’t worth the side effects, so I rely on other remedies without these side effects, such as black cherry juice, celery, and a low-purine diet.
Calcium carbonate. Calcium carbonate reacts with uric acid and neutralizes it. If my pH is low as indicated in a saliva test, I first reach for pure calcium carbonate as a quick initial remedy to immediately raise my pH. The best one I have found is made by a U.S. company called \"Sundown,\" which is certified lead free and is a quick dissolving 1000 mg tablet. I feel better immediately, and the pH usually comes up a quarter to a half point immediately afterward. I take twice as much calcium as I used to take before discovering I had gout, because I believe strongly, based on my continuous pH saliva testing, that the initial part of my calcium intake is used by my body to neutralize any uric acid present before any is left for absorption. I understand that the resulting calcium urate is excreted, not utilized by the body, so gout sufferers should take more calcium than others, since most of it is used in neutralizing the uric acid, not for metabolism.
Low purine diet. Gout is caused by uric acid. Uric acid comes from purine in food. You can lower the uric acid by reducing the purine-rich foods. I have found this tremendously successful in managing my gout. For example, fresh milk and eggs have NO purine, unlike meat, nuts, beans and other protein sources. So I have a dairy-based diet and generally can keep my pH levels between 6.8 and 7.0, which means that the uric acid levels are kept low by reducing the purines. I know this works, because if I eat something with purine, such as meat, then test my pH, it goes down within about an hour, indicating an acidic system.
Black Cherry Juice. If my uric acid levels have brought my pH down to 6.0, I drink a glass of straight black cherry juice, and the pH then comes back up to about 7.0 within an hour or two, and very often my urine immediately afterward is a bit cloudy, indicating a discharge of uric acid crystals (or so I suppose). I feel better immediately.
Celery Seed. If my pH is low due to uric acid, I eat celery and take celery seed, and it comes right up within an hour or two, indicating the uric acid has been neutralized.