Your body may be producing levels of uric acid that are higher than normal. While the waste product isn’t a known cause of serious health concerns, excessive amounts of it in the body may increase the risk of gout and kidney and bladder stones. You release uric acid naturally by urinating, but you can’t rely on that alone. You have to keep the levels at bay, and you can do so by eating the right foods. You may start with these gout diet staples.
With the exception of asparagus, spinach, peas, and cauliflower, vegetables reduce acidity without contributing to uric acid buildup. Celery and celery seeds have long been used as a folk treatment for gout. They are also a popular remedy for high sugar levels, which causes uric acid buildup. Green, leafy vegetables are an all-time healthy diet mainstay, and you can certainly add them to your must-eats for lowering your acid levels. If you’re not a fan of salads or veggie dishes, take them as juices, shakes, and smoothies. Keep the sugar and calories low, of course.
Liliana Stadler Mitrea, author of “Pathology and Nutrition- A Guide for Professionals,” advises you to take cherries to lower uric acid levels. Cherry juice and canned variants have the same effect, which studies support. According to a 2012 research, cherries, specifically tart cherries, have been found to cut uric acid levels and inflammation by almost 50 percent. Regular intake of tart cherry juice has also been linked to the reduced levels of C-reactive protein, a key biomarker for inflammation.
Gout is an inflammatory disease, and it may have found its match on tart cherry juice, which appears to counter its causes: acid buildup and inflammation.
Most oils turn into fats when heated and processed, destroying vitamin E that’s vital for controlling uric acid. Substitute your oil, butter, and shortening with cold-pressed olive oil. Rich in vitamin E, it also has anti-inflammatory qualities, perfect for countering gout and keeping uric acid levels at bay.
Drinking 8-10 glasses of water throughout the day helps in filtering acid. Waste products like acids exit your body via urination, and drinking lots of water does the cleaning job well. A 2009 study found that people who drank more water throughout a 24-hour period lowered their risk of a gout attack by more than 40 percent. Also, even if you aren’t worried about your uric acid levels, water is a natural body cleanser which promotes healthier kidneys, skin, and even weight loss. What’s not to like?
Keep these basic diet staples on your meals and keep your uric acid levels under control while you’re at it.
Source: Cannon T, Yu C, Addington J, Bearden C, Cadenhead K, Cornblatt B. An Individualized Risk Calculator for Research in Prodromal Psychosis. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 2016.