Hyperuricemia - Eating dos and don’ts
- By Team TDO
High uric acid level in the blood is a reversible condition. Here, we tell you what diet would be suited best for you if you have too much of uric acid in your blood.
- High dietary fiber - Dietary fibers absorb the uric acid from your blood and help to eliminate it via your kidneys. Include a lot of fiber-rich foods in your diet like Isabgol (psyllium husk), oats, spinach, and broccoli, to name a few.
- Vitamin C - Regular consumption of 500 milligrams of vitamin C can help reduce the levels of uric acid in your blood in about 2 months.
- Cold pressed olive oil - Vegetable oils or butter that have been subjected to heating process turn rancid and affect vitamin E which is necessary for elimination of uric acid. Instead opt for cold pressed olive oil that won't turn rancid.
- Fluids - Drink lots of natural fluids like water, coconut water, buttermilk, etc. They will flush out uric acid from your system.
- Celery seeds - Celery seeds have a mild sedative and diuretic action. They are considered as a kidney antiseptic. The seeds have been long used as an excellent remedy for gout, rheumatism, and arthritis problems.
- Antioxidants - Antioxidants help fight the free radicals that affect uric acid levels in your body. Foods like red bell peppers, tomatoes, blueberries, broccoli, and grapes are extremely rich sources of antioxidants.
- Cherries - This sweet fruit contains chemicals that help neutralize uric acid and promote its elimination from the body.
- Avoid artificially sweetened foods- Artificial sweeteners contain high-fructose corn syrup that hampers the elimination of uric acid from the body.
- Avoid bakery food and junk food - Bakery foods and junk foods are rich in saturated and trans fats. They help to increase the levels of uric acid in blood.
- Cut down on meat - Lean meat, fish are all high on purine that eventually is broken down to uric acid. Cutting down on these will help bring down the levels of uric acid.
- Alcohol - Alcohol interferes with the elimination of uric acid from your body. Beer, especially, plays an active role in this.
- Weight-loss diets - High-protein weight loss diet can cause uric acid levels to rise as the protein eventually gets broken down to uric acid.