Natural Ways to Control Uric Acid

Uric acid is a product of the metabolic breakdown of a substance called purine nucleotides. It is a normal component of urine, and are formed and broken down in our body. Purines are found in certain foods such as Sardines, certain meats, dried beans and even beer. High blood concentrations of Uric acid can lead to severe medical conditions such as gout, diabetes and the formation of kidney stones. There are many Natural Ways to Control Uric Acid.

Natural Ways to Control Uric Acid

High Uric acid, or hyperuricemia, has a few potential origins:

  • High intake of dietary purine, high-fructose corn syrup, and sucrose can increase levels of uric acid in the system
  • Fasting or rapid weight loss have shown to temporarily elevate uric acid levels
  • Serum uric acid can be elevated by reduced excretion via the kidneys
  • Obesity or being overweight
  • Stress

Normally, our body filters out uric acid through our kidneys and in urine. If we consume too much purine in our diet, our body cannot get rid of this by-product fast enough, uric acid can build up in our blood.

Health Disorders that can lead to high Uric Acid levels in our body:

  • Kidney disease
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Some types of cancer or chemotherapy
  • Psoriasis
  • Hypothyroidism

Natural Ways to Control Uric Acid

  • Limit purine-rich foods: Purine rich foods such as seafood, certain types of meats and vegetables, when digested, release certain amounts on uric acid in our system. One should avoid foods such as organ meats, pork, mutton, cauliflower, green beans, mushrooms, and dried beans.
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  • Avoid sugary foods: Recent studies have shown that sugar may be a potential cause for high uric acid. Usually, uric acid is usually linked to protein-rich foods. Check food labels for added sugars. Consuming more whole foods and fewer packaged foods can help you cut sugars out while allowing you to intake a more wholesome diet.
  • Avoid sugary drinks: Your favourite sugary beverages like soda and fruit juices are concentrated with fructose and glucose containing sugar. Our body absorbs sugar rapidly, spiking our blood sugar levels and also leading to higher amounts of uric acid. Replace sugary beverages with filtered water and fibre rich shakes and smoothies.
  • Avoid alcohol: Drinking alcohol makes our body dehydrated. It can also trigger high uric acid levels. Some type of alcohol also contain high amount of purines such as Beer.
  • Drink more water: Drinking plenty of fluids filters out our kidneys from uric acid. There are many different opinions on just how much water you should drink every day. Health experts commonly recommend about 2 litres, or half a gallon a day.
  • Lose weight: Extra pounds can raise uric acid levels, especially in people of younger age. Fat cells make more uric acid than muscle cells. The kidneys find it harder to filter out uric acid when people are overweight. Reaching a healthy body weight may help reduce the risk of gout. If one is overweight, talking to a nutritionist about a healthy diet and a weight loss plan is the best bet.
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  • Balance insulin levels: Keeping an eye on your blood sugar level is a good idea. This is important if you don’t have diabetes mellitus. Adults with type 2 diabetes may have high amounts of insulin in their bloodstream. Too much insulin may lead to excess uric acid in the body, as well as weight gain. Your doctor might do a serum insulin check on you if insulin resistance is suspected.
  • Reduce stress: Poor sleeping habits, little exercise, and stress can increase inflammation, which in turns results in high uric acid. One should practice breathing exercises and do Yoga to help cope with stress levels. Practicing good sleeping hygiene such as sleeping and waking up at the same time every consistent day, avoiding caffeine and avoiding digital screens an hour before bedtime have shown to significantly lower uric acid.
  • More fibre in diet: Eating more fibre will help the body get rid of uric acid. It can also help balance your body’s blood sugar levels. At least 5-10 grams of soluble fibres is recommended every day. Consuming whole foods such as oats, nuts, barley, fresh vegetables, fruits and dry fruits help keep our body in check.
  • Check medications and supplements: Some medications may spike uric acid in your blood. These include medications such as Vitamin B3, diuretics, aspirin, and chemotherapy drugs.
  • Drink coffee: Some research suggests that people who drink more coffee are less likely to develop gout. Coffee consumption lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases. People who consumed 2-4 cups of coffee a day had the lowest risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • Eat more low purine foods: Switching from a high purine diet to a low purine diet can help reduce the risk of uric acid. Foods such as peanut butter, coffee, fresh vegetables, bread and potatoes contain the lowest purine content.
  • Eat cherries: Research suggests that cherries might reduce the risk of gout attacks.
  • Vitamin C supplement: Taking a Vitamin C supplement may lower the risk of uric acid. A 2011 meta-analysis of 13 randomised controlled trials found out that vitamin C significantly reduced uric acid in the bloodstream.

CONCLUSION

These are some of the most natural ways to control uric acid levels in our bodies. Gout is a painful medical condition that often occurs alongside other serious health conditions. The right combination of diet, exercise and other healthy lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of gout and other illnesses caused by high uric acid levels. However, they cannot always replace medical assistance.

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