HOW TO CONTROL URIC ACID LEVELS

HOW TO CONTROL URIC ACID LEVELS

When the levels of uric acid in the blood are increased, the condition is called hyperuricemia. It is usually caused by decreased excretion of uric acid through the kidneys or its increased production. This can also cause various health problems: renal failure, gouty arthritis (the accumulation of uric acid in joints in the form of crystals) or kidney stones.

According to some recent studies, high blood uric acid levels even caused cardiovascular disease or hypertension in some patients. In women, the normal uric acid levels are 2.4 – 6.0 mg/dL and in men they are 3.4 – 7.0mg/dL. When the levels of uric acid levels in the blood are increased, they may appear so because of genetics, alcohol abuse, underactive thyroid, a diet high in purines, endocrine or metabolic conditions like diabetes, renal insufficiency, obesity, acidosis etc. 

The levels of uric acid can be increased with chemotherapy, some types of cancer, medicines like diuretics etc.

Some of the things that increase these levels temporarily are rash exercise, fasting and dieting. Luckily, there are some natural remedies that can help you control and decrease uric acid levels, and these are the 10 most successful:

Water

Consuming plenty of water is good for the uric acid levels because it optimizes them. It supports the kidneys and helps them remove the excess of fluids and harmful matters through the urine. You’ll also prevent any gout attack.

According to a study on the Internet by the American College of Rheumatology from 2009 the participants who drank five to eight glasses of water in a period of 24 hours decreased their risk of attack in 40% when they were compared to those who only took one glass of water. You have to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day and intake foods rich in water, for example fruits and vegetables.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is very good for gout pain. It decreases the levels of uric acid effectively, but it also optimizes the pH levels in the body, so the uric acid becomes soluble and it can be easily eliminated from the body. Add half a teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of water. Drink the mixture. Repeat this procedure 4 times a day. In case you have high blood pressure, you can take 3 glasses a day.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is known to be a natural detoxifier which means it removes the excess uric acid from the body. When uric acid is being removed, the alkaline state of the body is returned. This ingredient also offers anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Take a glass of water and add one teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar. Drink this 2-3 times a day. It is allowed to increase the dosage to 2 tablespoons a glass. ACV is known to be able to reduce the levels of potassium in the body, so make sure you avoid it if you take diuretics.

• Dairy Products

The plasma urate concentrations are decreased because of low-fat milk and dairy products. Also the risk of gout is reduced. Skim milk contains orotic acid and that reduces the reabsorption of uric acid. It also helps its removal through the kidneys. Take 1-5 glasses of it a day. Tofu is also known to be extremely beneficial, because it changes the plasma protein concentration and eliminates uric acid, but be careful about soy milk, because it increases the levels of uric acid.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice has an alkalizing effect on the body, so it neutralizes uric acid. It contains plenty of vitamin C which also decreases the levels of uric acid. Add the juice of one lemon into a glass of warm water. Drink this mixture on an empty stomach for two weeks.

Wheatgrass Juice

Wheatgrass can also help you alkalize the body. It contains plenty of chlorophyll, phytochemicals and vitamin C. They can all detoxify the body. The amino acids and protein this juice contains can replace animal protein. Mix 2 tablespoons of wheatgrass juice with some lemon juice. Drink this every day and you’ll lower the levels of uric acid successfully.

Cherries

Dark berries, especially cherries contain plenty of chemicals which lower the uric acid levels. The purple and blue-colored berries contain plenty of flavonoids called anthocyanins that alleviate inflammation and stiffness, but also decrease uric acid. Consume half a cup of cherries every day for 14 days. You can also drink 1-2 glasses of tart cherry juice for 1 month. Increase the intake of foods rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, like strawberries, tomatoes, blueberries and bell peppers.

Olive Oil

Most vegetable oils turn into rancid fats when they’re heated or processed. That decreases the levels of vitamin E in the body and it helps to control the uric acid levels. Make sure you consume cold-pressed olive oil in cooking, because it contains plenty of monounsaturated fats. When they’re heated, they remain stable.

High-Fiber Foods and Starchy Carbohydrates

Dietary fiber decreases the levels of uric acid by absorbing them and later removing them from the body. Make sure you intake foods full of starchy carbohydrates and low in purine: apples, whole grains, strawberries, pears, oranges, and also starchy foods like oats, quinoa, whole grain pasta, rice, bananas, tapioca and potatoes. Drink green papaya tea, because it contains papain, which is known to alkalize the body and is abundant in very powerful anti-inflammatory effects. You’ll manage to prevent the accumulation of uric acid and treat gout.

A Low-Purine Diet

Purines are compounds which contain nitrogen. They can be mostly found in animal proteins which break down into uric acid and at the same time increase the uric acid levels in the body. Make sure you avoid animal proteins: organ meats, meats, poultry and fish, but also foods that contain plenty of purine like yeast, mushrooms, beer, beans, asparagus and legumes.

Here are also some other tips:

• Make sure you eat a balanced diet that will contain complex carbohydrates, but it will be low in protein. Avoid refined carbohydrates like bread, cakes and candies;
• Always make sure you have a healthy weight. Exercise regularly, because fatty tissues are known to increase the production of uric acid
• Limit the intake of foods that are high in fat. It can disturb the ability of the body to decrease the levels of uric acid
• Make sure you don’t consume or avoid alcohol
• You mustn’t use glucose-fructose syrup or high-fructose corn syrup because they are known to increase the levels or uric acid.