The biggest thing that I have learned in the last 2 years is that my PH balance was at a PH5 during my flare ups meaning I was very acidic. Normal is 7,5. I invested in an Kangen alkaline water system. This system removes the acid from tab water & discards it. I can set my alkaline level. I usually drink 9.5 PH. The system costs me some bucks but it was money well spent. The important thing is that I stay well hydrated. The rule is to drink half ounce water for every pound you weigh. I have trouble keeping up with necessary water to drink & my body tells me. But this system has helped me more than anything I have tried before. I still have to watch what I eat.