The adverse effects of a sedentary and stressful lifestyle on our overall health and well-being are plentiful. A high level of uric acid in the blood is one very prominent ill-effect that many amongst us face.
Uric acid is a chemical found in the blood. This chemical gets created when a substance called Purine is broken down by our body. Purine is primarily found in food items such as spinach, peas, mushrooms, red meat, some types of beans, and beer.
In a normal scenario, the uric acid gets dissolved in the blood and is excreted through our kidneys in the form of urine. But if the body is producing uric acid in excessive quantities, then it becomes cumbersome to flush this acid out of the system. This condition is termed as Hyperuricemia and is detected by conducting a blood test. The acceptable range of the uric acid in the body is as follows:
- 4 to 6 mg/dL – for women
- 4 to 7 mg/dL – for men
Ill-effects of high uric acid
High levels of uric acid have numerous side-effects:
- It can cause kidney stones and in severe cases can lead to a kidney failure too.
- It can also lead to the formation of solid crystals around the joint areas and give rise to a painful condition called ‘gout.’ Such patients are recommended a Gout diet that helps to keep a check on the uric acid levels in the body.
Natural ways to reduce the uric acid level
Revamp your diet
One of the easiest ways to control the uric acid level is by avoiding foods that are rich in Purine. So on an immediate basis, cut down on refined carbohydrates and veggies such as Cauliflower, Asparagus, Mushrooms, to name a few.
People who have been diagnosed with gout are immediately put on a gout diet along with a prescribed set of medication to control the uric acid level in the body.
The essential characteristics of this diet include:
- Sufficient water intake so that the toxins are regularly flushed out
- Check on the weight – this helps to lower the uric acid levels and also reduces the strain on the joints
- The inclusion of complex carbohydrates – eating more veggies, fruits, whole grains. Reducing the intake of concentrated fruit juices and beverages
- Limiting the consumption of alcohol, especially beer
Other natural sources include:
- Lemon – Drinking lime water regularly brings down the uric acid level. The citric acid in lime does the trick! You can also add other Vitamin C rich foods in your diet such as amla, oranges, etc.
- Fiber-rich foods – Fiber helps to absorb the excess uric acid, so include lots of oats, bananas, jowar, bajra in your diet
- Cherries – Cherries are also known to reduce the risks associated with a gout attack