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7 Alkaline Foods That Fight Gout

Your diet determines whether or not you suffer from gout.

What you eat has a HUGE effect on whether uric acid crystals, the cause of gout-induced pain and suffering, build up in your joints.

So what should you eat? How do you fight gout? Enter the alkaline diet.

The alkaline diet involves the consumption of foods that encourage a slightly alkaline pH in your body. Basically, while on this diet, you consume fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds while minimizing acid-forming foods like meat, dairy, eggs, and grains.

The alkaline diet involves the consumption of foods that encourage a slightly alkaline pH in your body. Basically, while on this diet, you consume fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds while minimizing acid-forming foods like meat, dairy, eggs, and grains.

A 2012 review in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health noted the many health benefits of alkaline diets:

“The Alkaline Diet: Is There Evidence That an Alkaline pH Diet Benefits Health?” detailed how alkaline diets (rich in fruits and veggies) nourish human health in that they “may benefit bone health, reduce muscle wasting, as well as mitigate other chronic diseases such as hypertension and strokes” [1].

How Does the Alkaline Diet Help Gout?

So what does the alkaline diet have to do with gout?
It raises the pH of urine, which increases the elimination of uric acid from your body [2].

So what does the alkaline diet have to do with gout?

  • It raises the pH of urine, which increases the elimination of uric acid from your body [2].
  • Less sodium and more potassium in the alkaline diet tends to prevent high amounts of uric acid [1].
  • It contains substantially less purines, the compounds found in high amounts in animal products that form uric acid.
  • It eliminates animal products, which decreases uric acid excretion in urine [3].
  • It benefits kidney function; the kidneys are responsible for processing uric acid [4].

7 Alkaline Foods that Fight Gout

1.Celery

Celery is a nice mild veggie to eat as a snack (perhaps with hummus or peanut butter), or you can add it to smoothies and soups.

It’s high in potassium, which aids in your fight against uric acid.Celery is also rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C-rich foods are associated with lower levels of uric acid, and vitamin C helps rid the body of uric acid [5][6].

Celery is also a diuretic so it helps flush you out!

2.Kale

One of the most densely nutritious greens, kale packs a punch of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Kale contains tons of vitamin K, which is important for maintaining strong bones because it keeps calcium in your bones and out of your arteries where it can stiffen them. Vitamins A and C also give support to kale’s nutritional power.

Kale also contains a very high amount of the carotenoid antioxidant lutein, which helps protect your eyes from damage.

3.Cherries

Bursting with anthocyanin antioxidants, these dark fruits are full of fiber, potassium, and a little iron. The antioxidant value of cherries has been validated in older people who demonstrated reduced free radical damage after cherry consumption [8].

Cherries have been evidenced in clinical trials to fight gout symptoms and uric acid buildup. Just two days of consuming cherries led to a 35% decreased risk of gout attacks [7]. And in both human and animal experimental models, cherries have been shown to lower uric acid levels [7]!

The evidence is in: cherries are a very powerful tool against gout.

4.Green Leaf Lettuce

Sometimes good old fashioned lettuce, as opposed to “superfoods” like kale, is a great option. Get back to the basics!

Leafy greens like green leaf lettuce offer you various minerals such as manganese, iron, magnesium, and potassium. Chlorophyll (which makes the lettuce green) protects the colon, and  has cleansing capabilities as well as possible anti-cancer effects [9].

By eating lettuces, you’ll also get a good amount of folate, an important B vitamin that enables many metabolic reactions including DNA maintenance and neurotransmitter formation. 

5.Coconut (milk, butter, oil)

Coconut is considered a powerful alkaline-forming food. A fatty plant food, it can be a good creamy replacement for acid-forming animal foods like dairy.

Despite coconut’s substantial fat content, the medium-chain-triglycerides in coconut oil actually help speed up fat burning, so coconut can be consumed for healthy weight loss if need be [10].

Other components of coconut oil like caprylic acid and lauric acid are powerful antimicrobial compounds. So coconuts will help kill parasites, bacteria, and fungus in your gut.

6.Lemons

Lemons are acidic outside of the body, but when consumed, they have powerful alkaline effects. These citrus fruits are touted as some of the most powerful alkalizing foods around.

In regards to gout, lemons will help fight uric acid build up. The high vitamin C content of lemons reduces the risk of gout and lowers uric acid levels, as evidenced by clinical studies [11][12].

7.Chlorella

Chlorella is an edible algae that is considered a “highly alkaline” food. It’s one of the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet and is even considered a natural multivitamin by some because it contains such a rich variety of vitamins and minerals.

Chlorella is also very rich in protein and has one of the most potent antioxidants on earth, astaxanthin.

And it gets even better. Chlorella helps fight the painful inflammation that gout triggers. In order for your body to disarm inflammatory processes, aquatic fatty acids like EPA and DHA are needed.  EPA and DHA make compounds called resolvins which resolve (stop) inflammation [13]. Adequate EPA and DHA also balance other inflammatory mediators like cytokines [13].

Try Alkalinity

Eating more veggies, nuts, seeds, and fruits while cutting excessive animal products out of your diet provides loads of health benefits.

The scientific evidence that alkaline diets accelerate uric acid expulsion from your body is impressive. So eat the foods listed above and stop uric acid from ruining your life. Take the power back!

Tired of regular gout flare-ups?

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