Regulating the levels of uric acid in your blood
- Uric acid crystals
When the level of uric acid in your blood is increased, you may acquire a disease familiar under the name “gout”. You may also acquire kidney stones or kidney failure.
- What is uric acid?
Uric acid is a compound which is acquired by degradation of purine, a substance found in some ingredients, like sardines, liver etc. Always have in mind that some vegetables and milk products also contain purines. Kidneys filtrate a great part of the uric acid and eliminate it from the organism with the urine. Small quantities of uric acid are also thrown out by the stool. But, when your organism produces too much uric acid and the kidneys fail to eliminate it, the uric acid starts to deposit in the tendons, joints, kidneys and other organs.
The increased level of uric acid plays an important role when gout occurs. Yet, not everyone with an increased level of uric acid has gout. Some people have an increased blood pressure, heart diseases or chronic kidney diseases.
- What does the high level of uric acid cause?
High level of uric acid in the blood can be caused violently, by obesity, excessive consumption of alcohol, diuretics, immunosuppressive therapy, chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Health problems like hypothyroidism, psoriasis and kidney work which is slowed down can also cause an excessive appearance of uric acid.
- Natural remedies for regulating of the level of uric acid in your blood
Your nutrition has a great role in the controlling of the level of uric acid. In the following part, we are going to tell you something about the ingredients that you should include in your nutrition and which you should avoid if you have an increased level of uric acid in your blood.
- Consume ingredients rich in potassium
Potassium helps your kidneys to eliminate the uric acid. Ingredients rich in potassium are: bananas, green vegetables, avocado, raisins, dried plums, potato, apricots, strawberries, watermelon. Plums are a familiar remedy for gout because they contain some anti-inflammatory substances that regulate the level of uric acid in the blood.
- Consume complex carbohydrates
It is recommended to take carbohydrates for the health of your whole organism. Complex carbohydrates have ingredients like cereals, fruit and vegetables.
- Decrease the usage of ingredients which contain purine
Nutritionists recommend that patients who suffer from gout should limit their intake of purine to 100-150 mg a day. Ingredients with a high level of purine are: organic meat (liver, kidneys, brain), fat fish and sardines, sweet pastries, cakes, cookies and other sweets. The following ingredients contain purine but in small quantities: asparagus, mushrooms, spinach, cauliflower, oat, bacon, ham, beef, chicken, lobster, shrimps, tuna, lentils and beans.
- Decrease or eventually throw out from usage ingredients sweetened with corn syrup rich in fructose
It’s familiar that fructose increases the level of uric acid. Generally all sweetened beverages like sparkling drinks and beverages with a low percentage of fruit juice, contain fructose the most. Avoid these beverages and instead of them, drink fruit juices which are 100% natural.
- Drink enough water
When we speak of beverages, water is an excellent source to maintain the normal level of uric acid. Water helps the kidneys to remove the impurities from the organism, but also the excess of uric acid. It would be ideal to drink 3 liters of water a day and besides that, you can also drink skimmed milk and eventually coffee.
- Avoid high-protein diets
The diets on the basis of ingredients rich in proteins are popular for losing weight. But, that kind of diets can cause an increased level of uric acid. If you want to lose weight, eat healthily and do some physical activity, because a sudden loss of weight can cause an accumulation of uric acid in your blood.
- Apple vinegar for the uric acid in your blood
The advocates of apple vinegar claim that it can regulate the level of uric acid in your blood. The standard recipe is: add 2 tablespoons of apple vinegar into a glass of water and drink it 2 times a day. Consult your doctor before you try this remedy.