Bicarbonate of soda or sodium bicarbonate, more generally called baking soda, is the B in the ABC of gout treatment. It is very effective for gout because it alkalizes the body. Our body is supposed to be slightly alkaline. And when it becomes acidic, uric acid could no longer remain dissolved in the blood. This results in the formation of uric acid crystals in the joints, which cause gout.
Not only does baking soda help keep the uric acid in solution, it also dissolves the crystals present in the joints and prevents uric acid stones from forming in the kidneys. Further to that, it is believed to improve the effectiveness of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which are usually prescribed for gout treatments.
Recommended dosage is ½ or 1 flat teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in 1 glass of water and taken once in the morning and before sleeping, and 2-3 times during the day in an interval of 2-4 hours, when stomach is not full. It is up to the patient to decide the frequency for drinking this water, but total intake of baking soda should be limited up to a maximum of 4 flat teaspoons per day only.
If similar positive results can be achieved using a lesser dosage, then stick to that dose. Baking soda may very well be a wonder treatment for gout, but because it contains a lot of sodium, it can be very detrimental to the health. If a patient is taking baking soda, a sodium-free or low-sodium diet must be observed.