“Gout and club soda raises interesting questions. Can fizzy water help gout? Yes, with a couple of warnings. See the truth before wasting money on gout cures.”
Thousands of gout sufferers have asked about club soda and gout. So, I’ve summarized some key points from old discussions:
Please add your own questions, experiences, and opinions about soda water and gout.
Gout and Tonic Water
Before my summary, I need to say, the old discussion attracted a lot of interest from people asking ‘Is tonic water good for gout?’ Now, tonic water isn’t really club soda. Because, it contains quinine. But, quinine was never mentioned in the club soda discussion. So, if you want to ask about quinine and gout, it’s best to start a new topic.
Gout and Soda
The biggest issues we discussed relate to sodium content of soda water. Now, that isn’t specifically a gout issue. But, many gout sufferers also have problems with high blood pressure (hypertension).
We had some arguments about this. And, confusion seems to arise from manufacturers announcing “sodium free club soda”. So, the message is: ‘Read the label’. If sodium is an issue in your diet, you must check before you buy.
In some products, sodium is replaced with potassium. And, that raised issues about mineral waters.
2018 Update: See Best Home Remedies For Gout: Water for new information. Because this now includes a report showing how “Natural Soda Water Prevents Gout”.
Gout and Sparkling Water
Mineral waters, spring waters, volcanic water, seltzer, and sparkling water are all common names for club soda. But, for any drink, or food, the real effects on gout can only be judged from the label.
So, just because a water is “sparkling” does not make it good, or bad for gout. Therefore, if you want to ask about any type of sparkling water for gout, please quote the product label ingredients and nutrition values. Even the brand is useful, as most manufacturers publish label information online.
Can drinking club soda help my gout?
I’ll finish with Keith’s original conclusion. Then, you can ask for clarification, or add your own thoughts.
- Carbonated water can help ease constipation. This is relevant to gout as around one third of uric acid is excreted through the gut. A 2002 study, Effects of carbonated water on functional dyspepsia and constipation, reveals that subjects who drank carbonated water for two weeks had 25% less constipation than those who drank tap water.
- Carbonated water can help increase skin blood flow. The report on skin blood flow and carbonated water involved subjects immersing legs in carbonated water for 10 minutes per say over a 3 week period. Those using carbonated water showed a significantly higher skin blood flow and reduced numbness compared to a control group using tap water. I’m not sure if this will help gout or not, but if anyone has the funds to dangle their gouty joints in club soda, I’d love to hear from you.
- Club soda has a slight alkalizing effect. There are hundreds of websites that claim the opposite. None of these have any source references for their claims, and many are sales sites for alkalizing diets or products. I finally found a site with clear scientific references. GoutPal.com includes a method for calculating the acid-alkaline balance of diet. It also has list of PRAL values of all foods in the USDA database, showing club soda’s PRAL value of -0.133. I’ll be talking more about PRAL in my diet pages at foodary.com.
So, I’m fairly confident that club soda will have a positive effect for gout patients. Just beware of high blood pressure, and be aware of additives by checking the label.
Will Club Soda help your gout?