Have you ever heard about gout? Do you know how uric acid is formed in the body and why is it important to flush it out from the body? This blog post will reveal the answers to all these questions and more. Let’s dig in!
What Is Uric Acid?
Uric Acid is a natural waste product found in the body and having some in your blood is normal. It is formed when the body breaks down compounds called purines that are found in different foods such as seafood, red meat and alcohol, to name a few.
After uric acid is formed in the blood, it is filtered out by our kidneys, therefore the healthy functioning of kidneys is essential for keeping your uric acid levels in check. The uric acid leaves the body in the urine.
What I just described is a standard procedure for our bodies. So where does the issue lie?
The problem starts when the uric acid level in a person’s blood goes above the healthy levels – in medicine this condition is called hyperuricemia. It can happen for two reasons – either the body produces too much of it or does not get rid of it as much as it should.
Too much uric acid in your body can lead to forming of something called uric acid crystals in your tissues and joints. This in turn can cause discomfort, inflammation and in some cases extremely painful flare-ups!
Wondering how much is too much? The normal uric acid level for females is 1.5-6.0 mg/dl and for males it is 2.5-7.0 mg/dl. So anything above that is high, and the higher it goes, the more likely you will start experiencing symptoms that I’m about to share.
Causes, Symptoms, Gout And Kidney Stones
As I already mentioned, uric acid is formed in the body as a result of breaking down purines. I will get more into detail regarding the best diet options for avoiding too many purines in your body later on, however there are also a few risk factors worth mentioning before that.
You should be slightly more worried about your uric acid levels if you are male, have high blood pressure, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and/or use diuretics. Of course, just ticking something off this list, does not automatically mean you have an issue. However, if you experience any of the symptoms I am about to describe, it would be better to get your uric acid tested.
Curious how it is tested? A visit to your healthcare professional for testing your uric acid level will include either a blood test or urine sample.
Let’s get down to the symptoms. When the aforementioned uric acid crystals start forming in a person’s body and the crystals settle in the joints, they are likely going to suffer from a form of arthritis called gout.
The symptoms of gout include swelling, pain and redness in one or more joints. The pain can be very intense and sudden – in this case it is called a flare-up. Gout is found to affect the big toe the most often, however it can also happen in the knees, ankles or other joints.
Gout is however not the only condition related to high uric acid levels. The uric acid crystals can also settle in the kidneys and form kidney stones.
In case of small stones, they are likely to pass out of the body with urine, however bigger stones can create blockages inside the kidneys or urinary tract. This in turn can lead to pain in the lower back, abdomen or groins and in some cases to other symptoms such as frequent urination, nausea or fever.
Uric Acid Diet: Dos And Don’ts
As you can see, having high levels of uric acid in the body is not a joke. Fortunately, there are quite a few things you can do yourself to keep it in check. Let’s start off with a list of foods to avoid.
Foods that are high in purines (meaning they may trigger gout):
- Meats such as red meat, bacon, turkey, organ meats (such as kidneys, clearly);
- Seafood, especially shellfish and sardines, anchovies and herring;
- Alcohol, especially beer and distilled liquors; wine on the contrary can be okay in reasonable amounts;
- Sugary food and beverages.
On the other hand, there are a few foods that might help to control the uric acid levels in the body.
- Tart cherries;
- Vitamin C – we recommend trying our Super Vitamin C Complex with bioflavonoids;
- Fresh fruit and vegetables in general – sometimes spinach and asparagus are mentioned as high-purine vegetables, however studies have shown that they don’t have a significant effect on the body’s uric acid levels;
- Surprise, surprise – coffee! Some research suggests that coffee (always in moderation and provided that you don’t have any other medical conditions) may help to reduce the risk of gout.
Other Natural Remedies For Reducing Uric Acid In The Body
There is yet another simple addition to your daily routine that can help keep your uric acid levels in check – introducing: NutriONN Uric Acid Support.
Our Uric Acid Support is a blend of 13 carefully selected premium herbal ingredients including tart cherry (obviously!), chanca piedra, celery, pomegranate, green coffee beans and turmeric, and Vitamin B designed to naturally support healthy uric acid levels in the body.
Pure and potent cranberry, amla fruit, milk thistle seed extract and citric acid all contribute to the healthy functioning of kidneys and urinary tract which play an essential role in flushing out the uric acid from the body.
Furthermore, vitamin B-6, bromelain, mojave yucca root, devil’s claw root, turmeric, cranberry and chanca piedra also help lower the inflammation in the joints and bones whenever a flare-up is already happening.
All in all, our Uric Acid Support represents a winning formula to avoid any discomfort, pain, inflammation and other symptoms related to the uric acid buildup and gout. As a bonus, it comes non-GMO and 100% vegan.
Can Gout Be Cured?
The answer to this is going to be one big and sad NO. Unfortunately, there is no definitive cure for gout. However, in most of the cases, it can be effectively managed with proper nutrition and a couple of lifestyle changes. And of course, natural supplements such as our Uric Acid Support.
Why are natural supplements important? The prescription medication for treating gout may have severe side effects, especially if taken over a long period of time.
That is the reason why we are so happy to share our 100% natural Uric Acid Support with all of you. And as it is all natural, it can be taken as prevention by anyone experiencing the beforementioned symptoms of high uric acid levels.
However, when in doubt, always consult your healthcare professional before taking this or any other supplements.
When it comes to other lifestyle changes that might come handy in managing gout, we recommend staying hydrated, getting proper sleep, maintaining a healthy body weight, and doing regular exercise.
To Sum Up
We hope you enjoyed reading this post. As you know by now, high uric acid levels and gout can be a real burden, but fortunately there are ways to manage it.
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