The consumption of lots of water optimize the uric acid levels, as it dilutes the uric acid and supports the function of the kidneys to remove excess amounts from the body through urine. The consumption of enough water also lowers the risk of recurrent gout attacks.
The findings of an internet-based study presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology indicate that participants who drank five to eight glasses of water in the 24-hour period before a possible gout attack had a 40 percent lower risk of an attack in comparison to those who drank only one glass of water. Therefore, make sure you drink 8 glasses of water every day and consume water-rich foods like fruits and vegetables.
- Baking Soda
Baking soda, or bicarbonate of soda, effectively lowers uric acid levels and soothe gout pain. It optimizes the pH levels in the body and makes the uric acid soluble so it can be easily eliminated from the body. Add half a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink it. Repeat 4 times daily, and if you suffer from high blood pressure, you should drink up to 3 glasses daily.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a natural detoxifier of the body and removes the excess uric acid from the body. The malic acid breaks down and removes uric acid, restores the alkaline state of the body and offer antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. In a glass of water, add a teaspoon of raw, organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, and drink this 2-3 times daily. After some time, you can gradually increase the dose up to 2 tablespoons per glass. Yet, note that ACV might reduce the potassium levels in the body, so do not consume it in excess and do not combine it with diuretics.
- Dairy Products
Low-fat milk and dairy products reduce plasma urate concentrations and lower the risk of gout. For instance, skim milk is high in orotic acid which reduces the reabsorption of uric acid and helps its removal through the kidneys.You should drink 1-5 glasses of it a day, or you can choose some other dairy product, such as low-fat yogurt. Tofu is also highly beneficial, as it changes the plasma protein concentration and eliminates uric acid. Note that you should avoid soy milk, as it increases uric acid levels.