Uric acid is a product of purine breakdown found in many foods including red meat, organ meats, seafood, mushrooms, beans, peas, and certain vegetables. Uric acid is usually excreted in the urine, but if your kidneys aren’t working well, or your body produces too much uric acid, it can lead to problems.
Excess uric acid can accumulate in your joints and lead to inflammation, swelling, and pain (this is known as gouty arthritis). The substance can also accumulate in your kidneys and form kidney stones.
Changes in your diet and other measures can help stabilize your levels of uric acid and prevent the issued mentioned above. Here’s what you can do to keep the levels of uric acid in your blood normal:
1. Drink enough water.
Drinking enough water can help keep the levels of uric acid within normal range and help your kidneys to get rid of it more efficiently. Stay hydrated by drinking water, herbal teas, and juice made from fruits or berries that are not too high in sugar.
2. Limit foods that contain purines.
Sources of purines include red meat, organ meats, fish, poultry, mushrooms, beans, legumes, asparagus, and cauliflower. Don’t eat too much of those in order to keep your levels of uric acid under control.
3. Eat berries.
Berries with high vitamin C content, e.g. blueberries, strawberries, and cherries, can help decrease your levels of uric acid. It’s best to eat them fresh to get the most benefits.
4. Consume sufficient amounts of vitamin C.
Vitamin C may help keep uric acid levels under control. Berries and citrus fruits are excellent sources of this vitamin, and other good sources include bell peppers, broccoli, and tomatoes.
5. Include lemons and limes in your diet.
Citric acid found in citrus fruits can help bring down the levels of uric acid. Eating lemons or limes or drinking water with slices of these fruits will work for you.
6. Eat more foods high in fiber.
Adequate fiber intake can help your body get rid of excess uric acid. Foods high in fiber include whole grains (e.g. oats), bananas, apples, and pears.
7. Eat low-fat dairy products.
Low-fat milk and dairy products, such as yogurt, are linked to lower levels of uric acid.
8. Try apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar can help maintain the pH balance in your body and get rid of excess uric acid. Simply add 1 tsp. of unpasteurized apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and drink this mixture once daily.
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