Staying hydrated is one of the fastest ways to lower uric acid. Staying hydrated flushes excess uric acid out of the body through urine.
Uric acid is produced when your body breaks down purines found in many foods such as organ meats, fish and some vegetables.
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1. Drink plenty of water
Uric acid is a natural by-product produced when purines found in food and beverages are broken down by our bodies. When this happens, kidneys typically filter it out through urine for further elimination – but when our bodies produce too much uric acid or our kidneys cannot rid ourselves quickly enough of it quickly enough, uric acid builds up in blood and forms painful crystals, leading to gout symptoms.
Drinking plenty of water is one of the easiest ways to lower uric acid levels. Aim for eight glasses a day or more as hydration and flushing out waste products may both contribute.
While dietary purine restriction is the cornerstone of lowering uric acid levels, other lifestyle modifications may also prove effective. Maintaining a healthy weight is vital; excess pounds put strain on kidneys and can increase levels of uric acid. In addition, alcohol should be avoided as its consumption can exacerbate uric acid production.
Foods high in purines such as meat gravies and organ meats can help to decrease uric acid levels. Mushrooms should only be eaten five times every week due to their purine-rich composition; green peas can make an excellent substitute, providing vitamin A and C while folate and supporting cardiovascular health.
Fruits and vegetables can help lower uric acid levels. But it’s important to limit fruits with high sugar content such as berries and fruit juice, such as those found in smoothies. When choosing your fruits for consumption, opt for whole pieces such as strawberries in their entirety or spinach instead of juice options if possible; otherwise choose low-sugar options if this is your preferred method.
2. Eat a healthy diet
Uric acid is produced when our bodies break down proteins. Increased levels can lead to painful conditions like gout; however, diet and lifestyle modifications can help decrease levels and ward off symptoms.
Dr Anju Sood from Bangalore notes that high uric acid levels may be caused by multiple factors. According to her, overweight individuals tend to produce more uric acid which accumulates in lower areas of their bodies. Furthermore, excess sugar raises levels as your body converts fructose into purines; to keep uric acid under control it’s essential to consume a diet rich in proteins, fruits vegetables and whole grains to achieve balance with uric acid levels.
Foods high in purines such as certain meats, dried beans, seafood and alcohol can increase uric acid levels in the blood and trigger hyperuricemia, leading to crystal formation in joints which could result in gout or other health complications.
High uric acid levels could also be the result of taking medication or having a health condition like diabetes. Altering your diet and drinking plenty of water are both great ways to lower uric acid levels; however, always consult your physician first about the appropriate treatments and follow his/her advice when dealing with any symptoms that arise.
Natural remedies may also help lower uric acid levels. Drinking lime juice contains citric acid which dissolves uric acid deposits, while eating foods rich in potassium such as avocados and bananas is another effective natural treatment to lower levels. Also eating fibre-rich fruit such as apples, pears and bananas as well as whole grains like bajra or jowar can reduce levels of uric acid significantly.
3. Exercise regularly
Uric acid is a by-product produced when purine-rich foods are broken down. Normally, kidneys filter it from your blood and excrete it through urine; however, excessive purine intake or ineffective kidney functioning could lead to an excess of uric acid build-up causing too much for kidneys to process at once and too high levels – known as hyperuricaemia – leading to hyperuricaemia.
If you suffer from hyperuricaemia, healthy diet and regular exercise can help bring down the uric acid levels in your blood. Exercising regularly will also benefit general health while potentially decreasing your risk of gout or other medical conditions associated with high uric acid levels.
Strive for at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise every day of the week – such as brisk walking, cycling, or swimming. This will help maintain a healthy weight while decreasing uric acid levels.
Apart from physical exercise, eating a healthy diet including fruits, vegetables and whole grains is also key in combatting uric acid levels. Avoid red meat and shellfish that contain high concentrations of purines; opt for lean proteins like chicken and fish instead. Fiber-rich foods such as oatmeal, bajra bread and wheat bread should also be eaten frequently to maintain good uric acid levels – fruits such as berries or cherries may even help lower uric acid levels as can leafy greens tomatoes and sweet potatoes.
As avocados and bananas contain high levels of potassium, this will help balance your uric acid levels and decrease inflammation. Also try getting adequate restful sleep as stress and anxiety can raise uric acid levels further. Finally if your uric acid levels exceed what’s optimal it is important to consult your physician and take any prescribed medication accordingly.
4. Avoid alcohol
High levels of uric acid in the body is an increasingly prevalent problem that can lead to painful joint flare-ups. Uric acid is produced when our bodies break down a substance known as purine. Under normal circumstances, it dissipates through blood into urine for elimination; but when our bodies produce too much, or kidneys fail in effectively eliminating it from our system, uric acid builds up and forms crystals in joints causing extreme joint discomfort known as gout – an extremely painful form of arthritis. There are several natural ways we can reduce our levels, including drinking plenty of water, eating healthily, exercising regularly and exercising regularly – all effective strategies.
One effective strategy to reduce uric acid levels is avoiding alcohol. Certain forms, particularly beer, contain purine which increases uric acid levels in your body and interferes with kidneys’ ability to eliminate excess acid from your system resulting in higher concentrations in your system.
Eating a diet high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains is also essential to managing uric acid levels effectively. Soluble fiber found in these foods helps lower uric acid levels significantly; additionally, eating foods rich in vitamin C like oranges, strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, broccoli and kale can all provide ample amounts of this nutrient.
Finally, regular exercise and maintaining a moderate weight is important to preventing gout attacks. Being overweight can increase uric acid levels and trigger attacks of gout. By cutting back on alcohol consumption and adopting healthier eating and exercise habits, regular uric acid levels in your body will decrease, helping prevent future attacks of this condition.
5. Take prescribed medications
Uric acid is produced when purine breaks down in our bodies, dissolving in bloodstream and eventually being excreted through kidneys. But if too much uric acid builds up or cannot be expelled quickly enough from blood, high levels (hyperuricaemia) of uric acid build up; in turn this leads to attacks of gout that affect joints such as big toe and other body areas; these flare-ups often come with redness and swelling making movement difficult or impossible in certain instances.
Urate levels in your blood can be decreased by restricting your consumption of purine-rich foods, such as organ meats such as liver and kidney, seafood such as shrimp and lobster, beans, peas and spinach. Drinking alcohol and sugary beverages like soda can also increase uric acid levels; to decrease them effectively consume fibre-rich foods known to do just that!
Colchicine can help prevent attacks of gout by slowly increasing levels of corticosteroid-derived corticoid colchicine in your system and slowing their formation, lasting two years to completely rid yourself of crystals and prevent long-term joint damage. Please consult your physician prior to taking this treatment course.