5 Natural Ways To Lower Uric Acid Levels Naturally
Factors responsible for high uric acid level in your blood are:
- Diuretic medications (water pills)
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Genetics (inherited tendencies)
- Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
- Immune-suppressing drugs
- Niacin, or vitamin B-3
- Purine-rich diet — organ meat, game meat, anchovies, herring, gravy, dried beans, dried peas, mushrooms and other foods
- Renal insufficiency — inability of the kidneys to filter waste
- Tumor lysis syndrome — a rapid release of cells into the blood caused by certain cancers or by chemotherapy for those cancers
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...
- Drink between 2 and 3 liters of water everyday.
- Water helps the kidneys to process and flush uric acid out of the body.
- 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.
- 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.
- Avoid high purine foods completely.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.
- To avoid:
- Fatty red meats, offal, poultry and some seafood. And, it's important to avoid alcohol. Beer, in particular, is a trigger for gout.
- To include:
- 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.