How to Lower Uric Acid Levels Naturally In 3 Simple Steps

What is Uric Acid?

Uric acid is a byproduct of the chemical breakdown of compounds called ‘purines’ that exist in our body’s cells and in our food.

Purines are very important to us because they provide things like our energy that we all need and our protein. During this process uric acid is produced in the bloodstream.

And uric acid is good for us because it acts as an antioxidant and helps look after the internal linings of our blood vessels.

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

What Causes High Uric Acid in Blood?

Although the kidneys usually maintain uric acid at healthy levels, there are times when they are unable to do this, with the result that excess uric acid is retained in, and circulates in, the blood.

Two of the main causes for high uric acid levels in blood are:-

(1) The kidneys aren’t working to their full potential so that they are unable to process and expel sufficient uric acid quickly enough, or…

(2) There is too much uric acid being produced by the metabolizing purines for healthy kidneys to process.

Whatever is the case, the result is high uric acid in the blood.

Uric Acid Crystals Under the Microscope
Uric Acid Crystals Under the Microscope
Source: By Bobjgalindo, CC BY 2.0, via Wikipedia
What is the Result of High Uric Acid Levels in the Body?

High uric acid levels in the blood is a condition known as ‘hyperuricemia.’ Over time this can lead to the production of uric acid crystals — technically speaking they are crystals of monosodium urate — which can settle in the joints, tendons and surrounding tissue.

Now, these crystals are needle-like in shape (see image opposite) and are looked upon as foreign objects by the body’s natural defenses.

And it’s the body’s natural anti-inflammatory processes working against these crystals that actually cause gout symptoms such as redness, swelling, heat, inflammation, stiffness and very great pain.

These are the symptoms of a gout attack. In other words, high uric acid can lead to gout, which is why it’s important to decrease uric acid levels in the body.

How to Lower Uric Acid Levels Naturally

More and more gout sufferers are moving away from costly drug-based medications, with their nasty side effects, to natural ways to decrease uric acid. Here are some simple tips on how to lower uric acid levels in the body naturally…

(1) Water

Drink between 2 and 3 liters of water everyday. Drink small amounts regularly throughout the day. Water helps the kidneys to process and flush uric acid out of the body.

(2) Baking Soda

Consume a baking soda solution to help dissolve uric acid crystals, and, increase uric acid solubility. Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to 8 oz of water. Mix thoroughly, and drink maximum 8 glasses daily. One before bedtime, one when you get up in the morning, and one every 2 to 4 hours between meals. Repeat until the symptoms have gone.

[Note: Since baking soda is high in sodium, change to a salt-free diet whilst taking this remedy. And, if you suffer from high blood pressure, although you can take it as long as you monitor your blood pressure closely, it’s better not to use this remedy at all.]

(3) Cherries

Cherries contain anthocyanins which have anti-inflamatory properties, ideal for gout attacks. But research has also shown that they can lower uric acid serum levels. Which is why cherries are such a powerful weapon against gout.

In terms of how much to take, estimates vary between 10 and 40 per day to help prevent attacks. And, during a gout attack, one source has suggested 30 to 40 every 4 hours.

If cherries are out-of-season then concentrated cherry juice is just as effective. Get this at your health food store or online (e.g. Amazon – see above).

(4) Diet

Change 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 in order to lessen uric acid levels. This also means avoiding high purine foods completely…

The general types of food to avoid are fatty red meats, offal, poultry and some seafood. And, it’s important to avoid alcohol. Beer, in particular, is a trigger for gout.

The types of foods that make up a low purine diet are things like; essential fatty acids (e.g. tuna, salmon, etc.), low fat dairy products, complex carbohydrates (e.g. bread, cereal, pasta, rice, vegetables, fruit, etc.), fruits such as cherries, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, etc.

These are just a few of the most effective natural ways to reduce uric acid levels. Try them if you’ve got gout just now and see how they work for you…

Dangers of Recurring Gout

Many folks are unaware that not dealing with their gout in a proper manner can be very damaging. By ‘dealing in a proper manner,’ I mean doing all they can to prevent their gout coming back time and time again. Rather than just treating the symptoms when they have an attack.

You see, it has been known for some time that frequently recurring gout can lead to permanent / serious joint damage and kidney problems like painful kidney stones.

This in itself is bad enough, but recent studies have associated hyperuricemia (high uric acid) with heart disease and stroke. Worse still, some have even associated hyperuricemia with a higher risk of death from heart conditions.

Now, if this is your first gout attack, you need to be aware that you have a much higher chance of further attacks. In fact, it’s almost certain unless you take proper measures to prevent recurring gout.

So, as a gout sufferer, you need to not only eliminate gout symptoms during an attack, but start on a regimen to prevent your gout returning time and time again…

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