You have high uric acid level? Try these natural methods at home

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  • Uric acid is not solely to blame for health risks that it normally creates
  • The key in lowering the level of uric acid in the body is to actually watch your intake of foods containing purines
  • There are several ways to combat high level of uric acids in the body, and one of them is drinking lots of water 

When talking about uric acid, the common reaction is not so good. Maybe because we often associate it with its unpleasant effects that we fail to realize it is actually a natural waste product from the digestion of food we intake that contains purines.

If that’s the case then can we just avoid foods that contain purines to totally get rid of uric acid?

The answer is no. Because it is only natural for the body to contain some purines at all times.

When purines break down, uric acid is produced. It’s our kidneys’ job to process the uric acid produced and excrete waste out of our bodies via our urine, with a little amount via our stools.

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Uric acid mostly dissolves harmlessly in the blood before the kidneys filter it, maintaining a healthy level. However, there are times when the kidneys are unable to do this, resulting to excessive uric acid circulating in the blood, which might cause gout, kidney stones, and other issues.

So, in order to prevent health risks, it’s about time we become aware of how we can lower uric levels using natural methods.

Drink 2-3 liters of water daily

Drink small amounts regularly throughout the day. Water helps the kidneys to process and flush uric acid out of the body.

Switch to a low-purine diet

Since uric acid comes from the breakdown of purines, and, purines also exist in our foods, a gout sufferer needs to go onto a diet that is relatively low in purines. This also means avoiding high purine foods completely.

The general types of food to avoid are fatty red meats, poultry and some seafood.

The types of foods that make up a low purine diet include essential fatty acids like tuna and salmon; low fat dairy products; complex carbohydrates such as bread, cereal, pasta, rice, vegetables, fruit, etc.; fruits such as cherries, strawberries, blueberries, and grapes among others.

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Eat beans, it won’t cause high uric acid level

Eating beans, unlike the usual misconception that it can cause high level of uric acid, can actually help with uric acid issues. Aside from beans, string beans, okra, spinach, tofu, nuts would not cause high level of uric acid.

Avoid alcohol

It is also important to avoid alcohol. Beer, in particular, is a trigger for gout. Drinking these beverages can also cause dehydration, hampering your body to flush out uric acid.

No to sweetened beverages

Consuming too much sweetened beverages might put a person at risk for gout. These include fruit juices and sodas.

While these natural remedies are proven to have been effective, it’s always safer and better to seek a doctor’s assistance for additional medical treatments.