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.
- Lemon Water
- Coconut Water
- Kokum Sherbet
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.