High uric acid can lead to gout which is an excruciatingly painful form of arthritis. The main causes of higher levels of uric acid include a sedentary lifestyle combined with an improper diet. By using the uric acid control diet chart, you can easily maintain normal levels of it between 3.0 and 7.0 mg/dl. Read on to find out how….
1. Drink plenty of water
Uric acid is a waste product normally secreted out from the urine. If your body is producing larger levels of uric acid, then it is an indication that your kidneys are unable to excrete all of it and 90% of it is collecting in the joints in the form of crystals, leading to pain. So drink at least 16 glasses of water every day to flush out the excess uric acid.
2. Elevate the inflamed joints
Elevating the joints during an acute attack of gout might not lower the uric acid but it can give you relief from pain. Most people find this hard to follow so try placing a couple of pillows under the joint. This can give relief from swelling and pain.
3. Apply ice
Ice will not lower the high uric acid content but this remedy will certainly help alleviate pain and swelling. Read the article on natural remedies for gout to find out other remedies for reducing gout pain.
4. Drink Apple cider vinegar
Start your mornings with organic Apple cider vinegar. Add a tablespoon of organic ACV to a glass of water and drink it on an empty stomach. This is an easy home remedy to control inflammation.
5. Avoid foods high in uric acid
As part of your high uric acid diet treatment, avoid following foods which increase uric acid: seafood, anchovies, sardines, mussels, yeast, red meat, certain vegetables like cauliflower, eggplants, broccoli, avocados, spinach, etc. Eat more chickpeas, black gram and beans instead. Also avoid sauces, juices and pickles which are high in purine levels that increase acid in the body.
6. Decrease caffeine intake
Caffeinated beverages like tea, coffee, certain sodas etc can all increase uric acid levels. Avoid these strictly. Also stay away from chocolates which contain theobromine compounds that contribute to uric acid levels.
7. Eat more carbs and less protein
People diagnosed with hyperuricemia must change their lifestyle and diet. One must eat more complex carbs like rice and pasta but lower their protein and fat intake. Raw foods like certain fruits and vegetables having lower levels of purine content can be beneficial for such patients.
8. Drink juices made from parsley, birch, black cherry and celery
These juices help flush out uric acid from the tissues and can be beneficial for lowering the acid content.
9. Stay away from alcohol, especially beer
Alcohol, even in small levels can greatly increase hyperuricemia. These beverages are rich in purine content and can increase joint inflammation.
10. Lower your sugar intake
Lowering your sugar intake can also prevent bouts of gout. Stay away from pastries, sweetened juices, carbonated drinks and fructose rich fruits which can all increase uric acid levels.
11. Eat cherries every day
Cherries are rich in potassium and antioxidant vitamins like Vitamin C. At the first sign of pain, eat plenty of cherries (at least 10 to ½ a pound per day). The natural flavonoids and anthocyanins in cherries can reduce inflammation and you can even consume sugar-free cherry juice to lower the pain and swelling in joints.
12. Eat diet high in potassium
Potassium helps ease discomfort caused during gout attacks as it helps flush out the excess uric acid and also maintains the balance of electrolytes in the body. Bananas and tomatoes are some good sources of potassium.
13. Eat low fat dairy
To cure uric acid permanently and naturally, choose your dairy products with care. Eat low fat dairy foods like skim milk, low fat cheeses etc. These can help combat gout and contain lower purine levels.
14. Avoid Aspirin and Acetaminophen
In case of severe pain, do not take Aspirin or acetaminophen. Instead, choose ibuprofen which can reduce inflammation and swelling. Your doctor will guide you as to the right dosage to take.
15. Drink herbal teas
Choose decaffeinated herbal teas. Many herbs like sarsaparilla, yarrow, rosehips, peppermint and chamomile can relieve pain, inflammation and even aid the kidneys in detox.
16. Lose weight
A study in Boston University has shown that men who lost and kept off 10 pounds of their weight beat their risk of developing gout by nearly 39%.
17. Control blood pressure
Having high blood pressure with high uric acid levels means double trouble since many medicines (diuretics) prescribed for hypertension increase uric acid levels in the body. To lower blood pressure, eat low-sodium foods, exercise more and maintain a healthy weight.
18. Get enough calcium
If you have a history of gout in the family talk to your doctor about supplementing with 1000mg of calcium daily. This will strengthen your joints and lower your risk of gout by nearly 40%.
19. Beware of fad diets
While it is true that obesity can lead to higher uric acid levels, stay away from crash diets that pressurize the kidneys. Fasting for days or eliminating certain food groups are some examples of crash diets that could lead to higher uric acid levels. So work out a plan with a nutritionist as to the right diet, weight loss and workout regime to follow.
20. Take supplements with caution
As always, talk to your doctor before consuming any supplements. Excess niacin and vitamin A could aggravate gout and may lead to an attack. So, be careful when selecting vitamin supplements. Take no more than 50 mg of vitamin B3 or niacin and no more than 3000 mg of Vitamin C per day. Avoid supplements with amino acid Glycine which is easily converted into uric acid.