Yvon will tell you that a gout attack is excruciatingly painful. The culprits, in this sad story, may be too many acid forming foods, setting off the body’s buffer system to stop the blood pH from dropping. A small dose of soda bicarb, aka baking soda, in a glass of water neutralizes the consequences of an over acidifying meal. The alkaline effect of the soda bicarb can dissolve the painful uric acid gout crystals and calm arthritic inflammation.
So, to prevent a sneaky gout attack, before bedtime or 2 hours after dinner, Yvon drinks a large glass of water with half a teaspoon soda bicarb.
If this terror attacks his big left toe or the right one, he fights back with bicarb and lemon. Together they make a super drink with a near perfect pH, limiting the risk of a high blood pressure.
In a lovely glass, Yvon mixes half a teaspoon of soda bicarb with 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice. He stirs vigorously and patiently waits for 3 minutes for the last bubble to disappear. He fills the glass with water, stirs it and drinks this magic mixture 6 times a day during the gout attack. As soon as the situation improves, he reduces the dosage to just 1 or 2 glasses a day.
Caution: if you are taking blood pressure medicines, check with your doctor before testing this recipe.
To complete this treatment, Micheline prepares a soothing sock.
To create this anti-gout weapon, she dissolves 4 tablespoons of her favourite salt – sea salt or Himalayan – in 1 litre of warm water, dips a lovely white cotton sock in it, wrings it and gives it to Yvon to put on. Then she wraps his poor foot in a towel and tells him to keep the lot on for one hour.
To lower risks of further gout flares, Yvon needs to watch his diet and eat tart cherries. Research shows that with just 10 tart cherries a day, the poor gout victims taking part in a study, were protected from recurrent attacks. Cherry juice and liquid cherry extract also work. Scientists attribute their positive effects to anthocyanins, the cherries’ ravishing pigments, and their powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.