Diet to Eliminate High Uric Acid
High uric acid is the major sign of gout. We’ll talk about what the symptoms of this are, and what the causes are, the long-term effects of chronic gout, and discuss high uric acid diet and treatment, both natural and pharmaceutical approaches.
HIGH URIC ACID SYMPTOMS (GOUT)
For an attack of gout, the symptoms include redness, swelling, inflammation and intolerable pain in the affected joint. The big toe usually the most affected area in a gout attack, but any joint can be affected. So look for these symptoms in your knees, elbows, wrists and fingers as well.
This pain may prevent you working or even sleeping, and is not easily ignored.
CAUSES OF HIGH URIC ACID
The immediate cause is the inability of your kidneys to process and flush out excess uric acid from your system. But that begs the question, where does all that acid come from in the first place? The short answer is it comes from you. It is created naturally as a byproduct of your body’s normal functions, as part of the system that provides you with the protein and energy that you need to survive.
The uric acid process revolves around chemical compounds called “purines,” which are vital to the conversion of food to energy and genes to protein. The purines break down during this conversion process, and uric acid is released as a byproduct into your bloodstream. Purines are also present in our food, which is why diet plays such an important role in reducing high uric acid levels.
Normally, your kidneys will process the uric acid and flush the excess from your system, and the levels left in your blood will cause no problems. But if too much uric acid is produced, or the kidneys process it too slowly, the excess uric acid will be retained and accumulate in your blood. It can then settle in your joints and surrounding tissues in the form of sharp little crystals which then cause the symptoms of your gout. See the picture above. Just imagine glass shards in your joints. Acid glass shards, to boot.
THE EFFECTS OF HIGH URIC ACID AND CHRONIC GOUT
In the long run, frequent attacks of gout can lead to permanently damaged joints. The frequent deposits of acid crystals in and around the joints and surrounding tissue cause permanent harm after a while.
Also, excessively high uric acid levels may cause the acid to crystallize in your urine, finally resulting in painful kidney stones that block the route between your kidneys and your bladder.
Once you have suffered gout, you are likely to continue to suffer recurring attacks if you get your high uric acid levels under control.
HIGH URIC ACID TREATMENT
The vast majority of those with gout are prescribed drugs to manage the inflammation, pain and high uric acid levels present in the bloodstream and urine. Typically, anti-inflammatory drugs such as NSAIDs, colchicine and corticosteroids are used.
While these can be an effective way of treating the immediate symptoms, they do have side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, bleeding, stomach ulcers and diarrhea. And all drugs taken over time have both negative effects on your health (and your pocketbook).
These drugs don’t address the important underlying issues such as your overall health, weight, family history, diet and lifestyle. These all can contribute in one way or another to your high uric acid levels.
HIGH URIC ACID DIET
Or should I say low uric acid diet? The point is to reduce the high levels of uric acid, anyway. People around the world use herbs, supplements and diet to control their uric acid levels. Here are just a few dietary suggestions:
1 – Eat cherries. Cherries have proven anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
2 – Drink at least 2 liters of water daily. Water helps the kidneys function more effectively and also helps to flush uric acid out of your system.
3 – Drink undistilled, raw, apple cider vinegar, which helps adjust your blood pH to reduce high uric acid levels. Take it straight, or mix with water and honey. Some juices go well with vinegar as well. Drink a few tablespoons a few times a day.