Monday, December 16, 2013

5 Steps To Reduce Uric Acid Levels

Preventing gout and other health problems can be done by simply reducing uric acid levels in your body. Easier said, than done. Some people can make simple changes in their eating habits and uric acid levels will reduce down to an acceptable level. The rest of us have to make more than a few changes to our eating habits. But, don't worry. With my 5 steps to reduce uric acid levels, you will be able to reduce uric acid levels in your blood and have the knowledge to keep them down.

1. Reduce the intake of foods with high levels of purines. Purines are found in a lot of the foods we eat. It's almost impossible to completely eliminate all foods that contain purines, so don't even try! Just limit the amount and how often you consume them. Some examples of foods high in purines: red meat, shrimp, mackerel, mushrooms, and cauliflower are just a few.

2. Don't eat fatty foods. You should stay away from these types of foods anyway. They can clog your arteries and make you fat. The fat in these foods make it harder for your body to filter out the uric acid in your blood.

3. Keep away from alcohol and caffeine. Both are diuretics and can cause dehydration. Staying hydrated is a great way to help reduce uric acid levels. Try to drink 10 to 12 glasses of water throughout the day, even if your not thirsty. Beer drinkers beware. Beer also contains a lot of purines.

4. Lose a few pounds. If you have a few pounds you need to lose, this is a good reason to do it. I'm not saying being overweight causes high uric acid levels. But, it can be a factor. Be careful not to go to the extreme with the weight lose. Excessively quick weight loss has been known to raise uric acid levels in the body. Giving you the exact opposite result you are looking for. So don't try to lose 20 pounds in 2 weeks. A nice gradual weight loss program is the best.

5. Drink milk and eat cheese! Milk and low-fat dairy products are great for reducing uric acid levels. One serving of low-fat milk and cheese per day can help lower uric acid levels in your body.

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