Natural Ways To Lower Uric Acid Levels

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  • Uric acid is a natural waste product from the digestion of foods that contain purines
  • It is associated with protein-rich foods, but studies also suggest that sugar is also a potential cause
  • Drinking more water can help your kidneys flush out uric acid faster

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Uric acid is a natural waste product from the digestion of foods that contain purines. Your body can filter out uric acid through your kidneys and urine, but if you consume too much purine, your body will not be able to get rid of uric acid fast enough causing this by-product to build up.

Here are ways on how you can lower your uric acid levels:

Avoid intake of purine-rich foods.

Limit the source of uric acid by reducing your intake of food that contains high amounts of purine such as organ meats, turkey, pork, scallops, veal, cauliflower, green peas, dried beans, mushrooms, fish and shellfish.

Reduce your intake of sugary foods

Uric acid is associated with protein-rich foods, but studies also suggest that sugar is also a potential cause. Fructose, a type of sugar used in processed and refined foods, can lead to high levels of uric acid.

The body absorbs fructose from refined sugar faster than sugar from food with natural makeup, and the faster absorption can spike your blood sugar levels and lead to higher amount of uric acid in your body.

Sweetened beverages such as juices and sodas have high amounts of fructose and glucose-containing sugar, so consider replacing these beverages with water and fiber-rich smoothies.

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Drink More Fluid

Drinking more water can help your kidneys flush out uric acid faster. Keep yourself hydrated at all times. Avoid alcohol because it can make you dehydrated. Alcohol can also trigger high uric acid levels because your kidneys need to filter out the products from alcohol first before uric acid and other wastes in your body. Some alcoholic drinks such as beer also have high amounts of purine.

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