Uric acid is seen commonly in people when their kidneys are not able to excrete out uric acid effectively. Also, the build-up of uric acid may further lead to gout problem.

What is uric acid and how it is formed?

It is a breakdown of protein, mainly purine and pyrimidine based amino acid.

Who is at more risk of having uric acid?

  • Overweight people
  • Improper diet
  • Genetically prone to high levels of uric acid
  • High intake of animal foods

Dietary intervention to reduce uric acid

1) Reducing the intake of high purine foods in your diet 

  • Animal organs - Liver & Kidney
  • Seafood - Prawns, clams
  • Sugar-sweetened beverages, fizzy drinks and fruit juices
  • Foods high in refined carbs, bakery items like biscuits, rusks
  • Alcohol beverages, cocktails

2) Low purine foods which can be included in the diet

  • Milk, yoghurt
  • Soya and products like tofu, miso
  • Eggs and fish in moderation
  • Fruits - all types
  • Vegetables - all types
  • Whole grains and cereals

3) Fluid Intake 

Improving your fluid intake is a must as it helps flush out elevated levels of uric acid from the blood.

Suggested fluids:- 

  • Lemon Water
  • Coconut Water
  • Kokum Sherbet
  • Buttermilk

4) Effective Remedies to reduce uric acid levels:-

  • Eating cherries at bedtime
  • Take omega 3 rich foods like fatty fish once a week. Or taking fish oil/algae supplements.
  • Using flaxseed oil in your food
  • Having chia seeds soaked water
  • Apple Cider Vinegar - Choose to buy raw undistllled apple cider vinegar for effective results. Mix one teaspoon in a glass of water and drink it on regular basis to naturally cleanse and detoxify your body. They contain malic acids, known to provide effective results.
  • Include herbal teas and add herbs to it.

5) Brisk walk and yoga 

  • Going daily for a walk is effective in dealing with high uric acid levels
  • Yoga is effective to fight many ailments, it helps provide more flexibility and reduce inflammation as well.

Therefore, these 5 easy to do modifications can help reduce the increased level of uric acid and should be practised to get effective results.

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