Most doctors (and websites) will tell you that gout attacks are caused by having too much uric acid in your blood. That often is true, but there is more to the story because:

🙁 You can have low blood uric acid levels and still have gout attacks; and

🙂 You can have high blood uric acid levels and not have gout attacks!

Acidosis — The Deciding Factor

Uric acid is only one of many types of acid that can accumulate in body tissues. The combination of all of these can lead to an overall body condition known as Acidosis.

With acidosis, body chemistry as a whole has become too acidic, making it more prone to gout attacks.

Kidneys and pH Testing

The  kidneys are responsible for keeping blood uric acid levels within the normal range. But they can be overwhelmed and unable to keep up when you have acidosis — leading to gout attacks.

Thus, keeping overall body acidity low should be the primary goal in a natural gout treatment plan.

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Managing and Monitoring Body pH

Several lifestyle choices can affect overall body acidity level, which I outline in my seven-day video program “Kill Your Gout FOR GOOD.”

The best way to monitor your gout-killing progress is to perform a simple daily pH test at home, using an inexpensive test strip to measure the pH of either your saliva or urine.

pH Testing Procedure

  1. Testing should be done first thing in the morning. For saliva testing, do not eat or drink anything, or brush your teeth beforehand. For urine testing, use your first urine of the morning.
  2. Collect your saliva or urine in a clean cup, dip the test strip into the fluid, and see what color the strip turns. The test strip kit will include a color chart to compare your results to, indicating a number for your pH.
  3. On the pH scale, 7 is neutral, less than 7 is acidic, and greater than 7 is alkaline (or base). The optimal saliva pH is 7.2, and the optimal urine pH is between 6.8 and 7.2.

What Do pH Test Strip Results Mean?

Test results will vary from person to person depending upon medications, diet, sleep patterns, etc.

A daily pH test provides a measured basis for tracking your individual pH and whether you are moving away, or toward, the condition of acidosis that contributes to gout.

 + Bottom Line:  Get started right away on a solid gout-killing program, and use pH test strips to monitor your progress!