A very painful type of arthritis known as Gout can be caused when the level of uric acid buildup crosses a limit in the body. It is usually caused because of a poor dietary habits mostly in men, so bringing particular changes to the diet is among the greatest strategies for its treatment.
Harmful Effects of Uric Acid
In this article, amongst all, you can learn more about the harmful effects of the uric acid and various ways that can help you control it, and lower the levels of uric acid in the body.
Uric Acid Tophi
Hyperuricemia is a condition when a person have high amounts of uric acid in the blood. There are two general reasons for hyperuricemia:
- Reduced excretion of uric acid by the kidneys
- Excess generation of uric acid into the body
Crystals could form in our joints and some other body parts when the levels of uric acid are very high.
Following, you can check out the normal uric acid levels:
- 4 to 6.0 mg per dL – women
- 4 to 7.0 mg per dL – men
Factors That Can Cause High Levels of Uric Acid
There are so many factors that can cause high levels of uric acid, such as:
- Renal insufficiency
- Diets containing high amounts of purines
- Under-active thyroid
- Consumption of excess alcohol
- Endocrine/metabolic conditions, like diabetes or acidosis or
- Different other diseases
How to Control Uric Acid Levels?
Foods You Must Avoid
You need to avoid all veggies, fruits, and legumes, because they contain high levels of uric acid. Also, there are numerous non-meat products that have high levels of purines.
Below, we present you the list of the legumes, fruits, and veggies with high levels of uric acid:
- No High-Fat and Fried Foods
- No High-Fructose Corn Syrup
You should switch to some diet with low purines.
Which Foods to Eat to Lower Uric Acid Levels?
Foods Rich in Fiber
The perfect high-fiber foods that should be included in your meals are: apples, pears, whole grains, oranges, and strawberries. Oats, brown rice, potato, bananas, whole grain pasta, and quinoa are foods that contain high levels of starchy carbs. Also, green papaya tea will help you to prevent the buildup of uric acid.
Drink More Water
Water will aid in filtering the uric acid out of the body. Also, drinking plenty of water will stimulate the kidneys to remove excess uric acid through the urine and help in diluting the uric acid. Therefore, make sure to consume 8 to 10 glasses of water every day.
Apple Cider Vinegar
It is incredible in cleansing and works perfectly as natural detoxifier. Apple Cider Vinegar is great in assisting with the removal of wastes from the body. Drink unpasteurized apple cider vinegar 2 to 3 times a day in a glass of water.
Lemon juice has an alkaline effect due to its ability to create acidic environment in the body and neutralize uric acid. Further, the vitamin C in the lemon lowers the levels of uric acid as well. Simply squeeze juice from one lemon in 1 glass of lukewarm water and consume it on empty stomach in the morning, first thing when you wake up.
Baking soda is amazing for gout pain and reduces the levels of uric acid.
Just take 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and dissolve it in a glass of water.
Consume maximum 4 glasses of this mixture everyday (with a gap of two to four hours), for a period of two weeks.
Cherries & Tart Cherry Juice
Cherries, tart cherry juice, and dark berries have compounds that are effectively reduce the levels of uric acid.
Consume ½ cup of cherries everyday for 2 weeks, and 1 to 2 cups of tart cherry juice.
Olive and Coconut Oil
Olive and coconut oil are known for their superb anti-inflammatory properties, because they contain very high levels of vitamin E and antioxidants.
Maintain Control over Your Weight
You have higher chances to get gout if you are obese or overweight. By reducing your weight you will prevent the chances of gout.
Reduce Alcohol Consumption (Specifically Beer)
A notorious reputation for increasing uric acid definitely has the beer. You need to avoid it completely to fight gout and high levels of uric acid. But, you can consume wine in small amounts, as it does not cause any higher uric acid levels.