Firstly, what exactly are uric acid symptoms?
Really, what we’re talking about here are the symptoms of gout, because gout is caused by the formation of urate crystals in your joints as a result of having high levels of uric acid in your body.
So what are the symptoms of gout?
These are stiffness, swelling, redness, heat, inflammation and extreme pain. The pain can be so bad that you can’t even bear the light ‘brush’ of a bed sheet on the affected joint, for instance.
And how do you get rid of these uric acid symptoms of gout?
In order to really understand how to eliminate these symptoms you also need to know how uric acid is produced…
Uric acid is produced as a direct result of the breakdown of chemical compounds in your body we call ‘purines.’ These form a very important part of your metabolizing process.
But they also exist in the food your eat in varying concentrations. That is, some foods are higher in purines than others.
Tip #1 A Low Purine Diet
Foods with high purine levels are things such as meat (especially organ meats and game), fish (especially mackerel, sardines, anchovies and sardines), all shellfish, poultry (especially turkey and goose), broth and consomme, legumes, and some vegetables such as cauliflower, asparagus, spinach and mushrooms. You can get a more detailed list in a previous post High Uric Acid Foods to Avoid if You Have Gout.
Note: Change over to a low-purine diet gradually; don’t crash diet as this can make your gout symptoms even worse!
Tip #2 Eat Lots of Cherries
Cherries are well known to be able to reduce inflammation (one of the symptoms of gout) and also to actually help lower the uric acid levels in your body quite quickly.
Some studies suggest that eating between 30 and 40 cherries every 4 hours during a gout attack will help quell your uric acid symptoms.
Tip #3 Drink Lots and Lots of Water
A dehydrated body is more prone to high uric acid levels and thus gout attacks. Water helps your kidneys to excrete excess uric acid more efficiently, and, can actually help to prevent urate crystals forming in the first place.
Drink a minimum of 3 litres of water daily, more during hot weather. Try to space your intake evenly throughout the day for best results.
These are 3 very simple, but nevertheless, very effective tips on how to get rid of uric acid symptoms during a gout attack. There are many more that you can find throughout this website.
But as well as getting rid of the symptoms during an attack, you have to ensure that your gout doesn’t keep returning time and time again. Why?…
Well, apart from the excruciating pain, frequently recurring gout can eventually lead to permanently damaged joints and other problems such as painful kidney stones and other kidney problems.