Here, you’ll discover 7 tips to help lower high uric acid levels in your blood, without using drugs. High levels of uric acid cause agonizing gout, so it’s important to be able to reduce these levels. And many folks nowadays are successfully using totally natural remedies to do this. You’ll find out why here.
Cause of High Uric Acid Levels
They are caused by “purines” in your body that breakdown during some important processes and produce uric acid as a result. You kidneys then expel the excess from your system through the urine.
But if your kidneys aren’t working efficiently enough, or, there’s too much acid being produced, you end up with high uric acid levels in your blood. This eventually collects in and around your joints in the form of crystals thus causing your excruciating gout.
Gout is Not Curable but it Can be Managed
This is true. Even although many people are diligently trying to find one, there isn’t a scientifically proven ‘cure’ as such. But gout is ‘manageable’ and you can do this either with drugs or natural remedies.
Prescription Treatment for Gout
Mainstream drug-based treatments work, but only in addressing the symptoms of gout, not the underlying cause of gout which is high uric acid levels in our bodies produced by the breakdown of purines during the process that converts food to energy and genes to protein.
Normally, short term anti-inflammatory drugs, painkillers, and, long term uric acid reduction drugs are prescribed. Even the uric acid reduction drugs only work as long as you are taking them.
And they have really nasty side effects, e.g. vomiting, nausea, headaches, stomach pain, bleeding, stomach ulcers and diarrhea, to name a just a few.
Five Natural Remedies for Gout
Because of the problems with their drug-based treatments, more and more people are turning to natural home remedies, e.g. using things like herbs, fruits, vegetables, natural detoxing, natural kidney cleanses, etc. Here are 5 of the most effective and popular out of the tons that are out there:-
(a) – Consume a bowl of cherries daily. They have great natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
(b) – Drink at least 12 x 8oz glasses of water every day to help your kidneys flush excess uric acid out.
(c) – Eat 3-5 cloves of garlic daily to improve bodily functions and health, which in turn aids your gout recovery.
(d) – Take the herb alfalfa to help reduce uric acid levels, plus, for its healthy minerals and nutrients.
(e) – Drink raw apple cider vinegar everyday to help alter blood pH and so neutralize high uric acid. Add 3 teaspoons to 8oz of warm water and drink 3 times a day. You can add some honey to take the ‘edge’ off.
(f) – Reduce your weight, if you are overweight. If you’re overweight there is just so much more body tissue to convert into uric acid, plus, you place more unnecessary pressure on your joints.
(g) – Change to a low purine diet. Purines exist in our food also, so high purine diets (typical Western diet) just increase uric acid even more. Avoid things like fatty red meats, game, poultry, some fish, shellfish, legumes, yeast products and alcohol (beer especially).
Now, whilst these and the many other natural home-based remedies out there are effective, there are other issues, associated with high uric acid levels and gout, that need to be addressed. These are things like any underlying medical problems, family history, ongoing medications, and so on.
The Consequences of Recurring Gout
The objective is to not only relieve the symptoms of gout, but also to continually control the situation so that your gout doesn’t return. This is important because frequent bouts of gout can lead to damaged kidneys and permanently damaged joints. And you need to be aware that if this is your first gout attack you are virtually certain to have more.