High uric acid or hyperuricemia is common with some people.
It is produced from food and cellular breakdown and it is filtered by the kidneys and then released through urine. Uric acid may form into solid crystals within the joints, a condition called gout.
Read on to find out the causes, signs, symptoms and home remedies for gout.
There are a number of causes that can lead to increased uric acid in the organism. One of the causes is the kidney’s failure to adequately remove uric acid from the system. This can be caused by being overweight, consumption of foods that increase uric acids, drinking alcohol, having diabetes and taking certain drugs.
Other factors include genetics, hypothyroidism, immunosuppresive medications, niacin, psoriasis and tumor lysis syndrome which is characterized by rapid cellular release into the blood due to cancer or chemotherapy.
Signs And Symptoms
High uric acid levels in the blood can cause gout. The signs and symptoms include joint redness, swelling and tenderness, intense joint pain that is severe in the first 12 to 24 hours and lasts for a few days to weeks.
You can always buy anti-gout over the counter medications to control gout and high uric acid levels. These medications are packed with chemicals and sometimes can do more harm then good. Try these home remedies to manage the condition.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is a common remedy for various body problems. ACV is a natural cleanser and it also detoxifies the body by removing waste products like uric acid. Moreover, it contains malic acid which helps the uric acid to break down and be eliminated from the system. It also restores the acid balance in the body, due to its antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties.
Add a teaspoon of raw, unpasteurized and organic apple cider vinegar to a glass of water. Take the mixture twice or three times a day. Use this mixture until the uric acid levels decrease. You shouldn’t take excessive amounts of it because it may reduce the potassium levels and interfere with the action of the diuretic agents.
Lemon juice also has an alkaline effect in the body and helps in neutralizing of the uric acid. What is more, it is rich in vitamin C which reduces uric levels in the body. Squeeze one lemon in a glass of warm water. Consume the mixture in the morning on an empty stomach. Repeat this every morning for a few weeks.
Avoid Purine Rich Foods
If you want to control the levels of uric acid in your body you need to avoid eating foods which are rich in purine. You can find purine in organ meet, sardines, herring, bacon, anchovies, asparagus etc.