Gout Sufferer? – Decrease High Uric Acid Naturally

What is Uric Acid?

Before showing you how to lower uric acid levels naturally, it’s important to understand what uric acid is, where it comes from, and why high levels can lead to gout…

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 and our protein that we all need. During this process, uric acid is produced in the bloodstream. 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 amount via our stools.

What Causes High Uric Acid in Blood?

Although the kidneys usually maintain uric acid at healthy levels, there are times when they are unable to do this, resulting to excessive uric acid circulating in the 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. Whatever is the case, the result is high uric acid in the blood.

Food containing high purines convert to high uric acid levels that may lead to gout
Foods containing high purines convert to high uric acid levels that may lead to gout.

What is the Result of High Uric Acid Levels in the Human Body?

High uric acid levels in the bloodstream is a condition known as ‘hyperuricemia.’ Over time this can lead to the production of uric acid crystals which can settle in the joints, tendons and surrounding tissue. Now, these crystals are needle-like in shape and are looked upon as foreign objects by the body’s defenses. The body’s natural anti-inflammatory processes against these crystals cause symptoms such as redness, swelling, heat, inflammation, stiffness and very great pain. These are the symptoms of a gout attack. In other words, high uric acid levels in the human body can lead to gout.

How to Lower Uric Acid Levels Naturally?

The obvious answer to this is to avoid foods high in uric acid and switch to a low purine diet, as discussed below.  However, more and more gout sufferers are also moving away from costly drug-based remedies with their nasty side effects, to more natural remedies. Here are 3 simple tips on how to lower uric acid levels in the blood naturally:

(1) Drink between 2 and 3 liters of water everyday. Drink small amounts regularly throughout the day. Water helps the kidneys to process and flush uric acid out of the body.

(2) Consume a baking soda solution to help dissolve uric acid crystals, and, increase uric acid solubility. Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to 8 oz of water. Mix thoroughly, and drink maximum 8 glasses daily. One before bedtime, one when you get up in the morning, and one every 2 to 4 hours between meals. Repeat until the symptoms have gone.

Note: Since baking soda is high in sodium, change to a salt-free diet whilst taking this remedy. And, if you suffer from high blood pressure, although you can take it as long as you monitor your blood pressure closely, it’s better not to use this remedy at all.

(3) Avoid foods high in uric acid – change to a low purine diet. Since uric acid comes from the breakdown of purines, and, purines also exist in our foods, a gout sufferer needs to select food that is relatively low in purines. This means avoiding high purine foods completely.

The general types of foods high in uric acid are:

  • Fatty red meats – veal, bacon, mutton
  • Poultry  – turkey, goose
  • Some seafood – mussels, herring, smelt, sardines, trout, scallops
  • Alcohol   Beer, in particular, is a trigger for gout
  • Sweetbreads  and internal organs

The types of foods that make up a low purine diet are things like; essential fatty acids (e.g. tuna, salmon, etc.), low-fat dairy products, complex carbohydrates (e.g. bread, cereal, pasta, rice, vegetables, fruit, etc.), fruits such as cherries, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, etc.

Final note: As always with natural remedies, first consult your doctor for professional guidance on their suitability to your individual case.

Dangers of Recurring Gout

Many folks are unaware that not dealing with their gout in a proper manner can be very damaging. By ‘dealing in a proper manner,’ I mean doing all they can to prevent their gout from coming back. You see, frequently recurring gout can lead to many health issues, such as permanent / serious joint damage and kidney problems like painful kidney stones. And, making matters worse is that, a person who experiences just one gout attack, now has a much higher chance of further attacks. In fact, it’s almost certain unless they take proper measures to prevent recurring gout.

So, as a gout sufferer, you need to, not only eliminate gout symptoms during an attack, but start on a regimen to prevent gout recurrence.

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  • Danny

    GOUT A Royal Pain
    Benjamin Franklin once said “be temperate in wine, in eating, girls, and sloth; or gout will seize you and plaque you both.
    Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis that occurs when uric acid ( a by-product of digestion) is either over-produced or cannot be excreted from the body. The accumulation of uric acid often results in the formation of uric acid crystals in the joint.These crystals are identified as “foreign invaders” by the body and attacked by white blood cells resulting in intense pain, swelling and inflammation.

    • Angie Rentillo

      Tank u po sa filipino nurse for sharing this info i learn sumting from this… Godbless u all!

  • edgar marollano

    Marami pong salamat sa Filipino Nurse… sa mga nai-share nyong Infos about health, Mabuhay po kayong! GOD BLESS YOU…sana po wag po kayong magsawa, para ma educate po ang mga tao…. Salamat po

  • Great tips. I have tried the baking soda..it works. I suggest after your gout ha gone down to just take the 1/2 teaspoon with water once a week as a routine than once a fortnight as there is high levels of sodium. You may even loose some hair if you take a lot…get doctors advice I guess.

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  • pabs

    thnx for the infos…they are informative…usually it attacks/occurs on ages 40 UP…just in case you have Gout attack…I took COLCHICINE… IT WORKS FOR ME…it’s just less than Php 4.00…

    • I am dodon as they called me and im 44 years old. I started experiencing arhritis way back 4 years ago and my 4 years were like i was in war….last dec 2011, myb nephew introduced to me this malunggai lifeoil, without a doubt, i tried it coz he said tome that it has chlorophyll content and i do believe the importance of chlorophyll in science and health. for the month of december, i took 1 capgel a day, i doubted the product coz it coudnt control my gout…but i kept on taking it coz my nephew said it is effective. january 2012 came, it made it twice cap gel a day( in the morning and one in the evening). i felt something better compared last december. my arthritis was not felt well.but still unsatisfied, until march 2012 came, i took a selfe challenge against this damm illness, instead of shying away from meat and other prohibited foods, i instead ate more meat and chickens and even laman loob….but i also took 3 capgels a day….amazingly, it did a good job, the pain is not so great…..its manageable….i even researched on this product and its says its all natural…..

      • jake olavera

        hi dodon saan ba nabibili ang malunggi oil…

    • I read about colchicine too.. but after reading the side effects and warning labels.. I would not suggest it to my mom. We went with Reliv nutrition instead. Works perfect for her, and she is healthy too..

  • AJ

    When buying bottled water check the declared pH on the label, pH which have a value of 7 – 8 is much better to consume than with the lower value 6.9 down. Taking much of the red meat on the other hand has the tendency to increase the level of uric acid especially if you are already suffering from gout, remember that everything that carry’s in excess is bad, a moderate consumption and being conscious to your diet are the best pre-cautionary steps. Take glucosamine as supplement!

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    • Hani Dalupang

      Thanks for the subject. It will help help many who suffered of same.

      • ferdz

        it wil help tlaga en i dnt wnt 2 hapen agen in my family.. my sister has pass away bcoz we didnt noe na dun pla rn nagmula skit nya..

  • jake olavera

    saan po pwede makabili ng malunggai oil…

  • I agree this is a very good article…I should do because I am its author!!! Disappointed Chuck Romero hijacked it without reference to the original source – me! The original article can be seen here:- http://jcielo.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Lower-Uric-Acid-Levels-Naturally.

  • portia

    It doesnt matter naman kung sino yung author ang importante, nabigyan nya ng awareness ang lahat ng nakabasa nito…

    • nahcti-cyclist

      i agree… mas makakatulong panga siguro un para mas madami ang makabasa.
      asar na gout to ngaun pa kung kelan maganda na record q sa cycling…

  • jundy

    thank you so much , s info mga Sis n Nar-s !

  • there is a lot of filipino suffering from gout, this post will surely help them… =)

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  • nahcti-cyclist

    salamat sa info phil nurse..
    sana next year may license narin ako

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    • mars_runner

      ive been in battle for 2yrs with this pain of gout believe me food diet excercise and change in lifestyle or it will coz u more trouble in kidneys

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