Natural Health Tips for Gout
Understand High Uric Acid Level, its effects & natural Remedies
What is Uric Acid?
Uric acid is a byproduct of the chemical breakdown of compounds called 'purines' that exist in our body's cells and in our food.
Purines are very important to us because they provide things like our energy that we all need and our protein. During this process uric acid is produced in the bloodstream. And uric acid is good for us because it acts as an antioxidant and helps look after the internal linings of our blood vessels. It's our kidneys' job to process the uric acid produced and excrete waste out of our bodies via our urine, with a little via our stools.
What Causes of High Uric Acid in Blood?
Two of the main causes for high uric acid levels in blood are:-
(1) The kidneys aren't working to their full potential so that they are unable to process and expel sufficient uric acid quickly enough, or...
(2) There is too much uric acid being produced by the metabolizing purines for healthy kidneys to process.
What is the Result of High Uric Acid Levels in the Body?
High uric acid level in the blood is a condition known as 'hyperuricemia.' Over time this can lead to the production of uric acid crystals -- technically speaking they are crystals of monosodium urate -- which can settle in the joints, tendons and surrounding tissue.
And it's the body's natural anti-inflammatory processes working against these crystals that actually cause gout symptoms such as redness, swelling, heat, inflammation, stiffness and very great pain.
Natural Treatment of High Uric Acid Levels
Avoid meats that are particularly rich sources of uric acid such as organ meats, sardines and anchovies. Physicians used to advise cutting back on purine-rich plant foods such as lentils, peas, beans, mushrooms, cauliflower and spinach; however, recent research has shown no correlation between eating such foods and incidence of gout attacks.
Eliminate coffee and all other caffeine sources from the diet.
Minimize alcohol consumption. Alcohol promotes dehydration and irritates the urinary tract.
Eat tart cherries in all forms - fresh, or as cherry juice, or in the form of tart cherry extract. Laboratory findings at Michigan State University suggest that ingesting the equivalent of 20 tart cherries inhibits enzymes called cyclooxygenase-1 and -2, which are the targets of anti-inflammatory drugs.
Take bromelain, a compound of digestive enzymes and other compounds extracted from pineapple stems.
Drink the full complement of eight eight-ounce glasses of water daily to flush uric acid from the system and prevent urate crystal deposition.
If you are overweight, lose the excess pounds.