It’s September 2nd. Labor Day. The days are getting shorter.

But it’s not to late!

There are many different nutrients we need and getting some vitamin D for gout prevention is one more on the list. But the good news is…this ones free!

The relationship of vitamin D and gout is not a direct one; vitamin D is important for maintaining normal levels of calcium and phosphorus in the blood. While this activity is not specifically involved in lowering uric acid, it does play a part in strong overall health.

What Do I Need To Know About Vitamin D?

There are several different forms of vitamin D. Two of  the forms that are important for humans are: Ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) and Cholecalciferol (vitamin D3). Vitamin D2 is synthesized by plants, while vitamin D3 is synthesized by humans in the skin when exposed to ultraviolet B (UVB) rays from sunlight.

Also, some foods are fortified with vitamin D2 or D3 but this is more of the same old allopathic mindset that has forgotten (or never learned) about how nutrition really works.

Among other functions, vitamin D helps with the absorption of calcium, which is fundamental to the way we form and maintain strong bones and healthy joints. Keeping the connective tissue and joints healthy in general makes obvious sense in regards to gout. How well we are able to avoid gout attacks in the first place, how painful and long lasting they are, and how quickly we recover from them, makes vitamin D very important. And if it is used alone or in combination with calcium, it can help to increase bone mineral density and decrease fractures.

Some research also indicates that vitamin D provides protection from osteoporosis, high blood pressure, some forms of cancer, and several autoimmune diseases. Additionally, vitamin D also is involved in the process of reducing inflammation and therefore helps to bring gout pain relief.

Vitamin D deficiency can cause skeletal deformities in children (rickets) and muscular weakness and weak bones in adults (osteomalacia). Those who may be at high risk for vitamin D deficiencies are the elderly, obese individuals, exclusively breastfed infants, and anyone who has limited exposure to the sun like in the more northern latitudes.

Another problem for some people is fat malabsorption syndromes like cystic fibrosis, IBS or  Crohn’s Disease.

My tophi went away!!!

MY tophi went away!!!! It was there for a month, then it started leaking, i pressured it , rub it , and the clear gel came out then a little blood, now it’s gone, my finger looks normal (except for the inflammation it has). In January I changed my diet, no meat, very little chicken, lots of veggies, tofu, fish, and lots of alkaline water, lemons, and of course walking 3 or 4 times a day about 2 miles each, keeping busy yard work, washing my car, being positive, I took combination of Gout, Joint,kidney, liver, multi-vitamins, read a lot about gout in your blogs and website, all over, and prayed. My gout is gone, I just have arthritis on my fingers, sometimes my feet hurt when I walk , oh also no BEER, but I still have some now and then. I’m continuing everything I have done above, i’m not changing back to my old ways of eating and ‘couch potato’ ways. Thanks to you for inspiration too!!! I know people with Gout are far worse than I was and it was scary seeing those pics of their feet. PS: I never went to the Dr. and took any kind of Meds. ALSO I bought a ‘grounding mat’ , read about it, it works. ~ Ruben

Vitamin D for the Gout Battle

There are three ways to get your vitamin D:

  1. Exposure to UV light
  2. Food
  3. Supplements

The best method of course is exposure to natural sunlight. Full-body exposure to summer sunshine for 30 minutes without clothing or sunscreen can provide a good healthy dose of vitamin D. However, there are many latitudes outside the tropics that you can’t get enough vitamin D from just sunlight.

Also, other challenges to making natural vitamin D from the sun can be from urban living; heavy pollution and tall buildings that reduce the availability of UVB light.

If you live in these northern latitudes, or during winter months, you can take 1 teaspoon per day of high-vitamin cod liver oil (from Green Pastures) to get the right amount of vitamin D and vitamin A you need.

Also you can eat vitamin D-rich foods like herring, duck eggs, bluefin tuna, trout, eel, mackerel, sardines, chicken eggs, beef liver and pork. If you carefully follow this method, supplementation may not be necessary…BUT! Don’t go crazy! If you’ve noticed, those are some of the gout foods to avoid – usually. It doesn’t take much to get the vitamin D you need, so a little-dab’ll-do-ya.

And one last thing: Some wackjobs will go off the deep end talking about “vitamin D toxicity”. While vitamin D can be toxic, it is mainly because you are also deficient in vitamins A and K. Just make a note of this as you start figuring out what to do about getting your vitamin D.

  Remember!  There are a number of vitamins and minerals that we need to stay healthy and gout free. The best source is to get them from the food we eat BUT, the food that is most affordable and readily available these days is generally trash, so taking supplements is what we gotta do.

One of the free-est and easiest vitamins to get, is what we can make ourselves from the sun…so get out there! Go get your vitamin D for gout killin’!


Bert Middleton

“I know your pain. Let me help you kill your gout for good!  And teach you to advocate for yourself and take ownership of your gout recovery, by showing you how to live the gout-free lifestyle.” Two decades ago, Bert Middleton found himself diagnosed with gout. Like 8.3 million other people in the United States (approximately 4% of the population), he struggled helplessly with the physical, emotional, social, and financial impact that gout left unchecked can have on your life. Prescription drugs were of limited help… And the terrible pain of regular gout attacks left him unable to enjoy even the simplest daily pleasures. His marriage was suffering. His finances were spiraling due to the impact gout had on his ability to work. And maintaining a social life was often nearly impossible. Tophi surgeries left him in terrible pain.  And he found himself depressed … and angry … that gout was stealing years of his life.

Until one day, after hundreds of hours of research and self-experimentation, Bert finally had a breakthrough and created a blueprint for a way of living that would prove to be “the answer” to living gout-free for nearly a decade now. Today, Bert and his “Gout Wife” Sharon devote their evenings and weekends to educating other gout sufferers on how to live the gout-free lifestyle. Showing others his 911 Emergency Response Gout Recovery Plan for getting PAINFUL gout attacks under control in as little as 4 hours. And then, how to make daily choices that keep gout under control for GOOD! So you can finally start LIVING again!