Uric acid is a waste product that is produced when the body breaks down purines, which are naturally occurring substances found in many foods. High levels of uric acid in the blood can lead to the development of gout, a type of arthritis characterized by painful joint inflammation.
While some people are genetically predisposed to high levels of uric acid, certain dietary choices can also contribute to its accumulation in the body. In this article, we’ll explore the best foods to eat to reduce uric acid levels and reduce your risk of gout. Here are some tips to reduce uric acid levels in your body:
- Limit your intake of purine-rich foods
Some of the most purine-rich foods include red meat, organ meats (such as liver and kidney), and seafood (especially shellfish). While these foods should not be completely avoided, it is best to limit their intake to one or two servings per week.
- maintain a healthy weight
Excess body weight can increase the production of uric acid and increase the risk of gout. A diet that is low in calories and high in fiber, such as a plant-based diet, can help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce uric acid levels.
- Intake of Vitamin C rich food
Vitamin C has also been shown to reduce uric acid levels, making it an important nutrient to include in your diet. Foods that are high in vitamin C include citrus fruits (such as oranges and lemons), berries, kiwi fruit, and green vegetables (such as broccoli and spinach).
- Drinking plenty of water
This is also essential for reducing uric acid levels. Water helps to dilute uric acid in the blood and flush it out of the body. It is recommended to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day to help reduce uric acid levels and reduce the risk of gout.
- Low-fat dairy products
These are also beneficial for reducing uric acid levels. Milk, cheese, and yogurt are high in calcium, which has been shown to reduce uric acid levels and reduce the risk of gout. It is recommended to choose low-fat dairy products to maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of other health problems.
In conclusion, there are several dietary choices that can help you reduce uric acid levels and reduce your risk of gout. By limiting your intake of purine-rich foods, maintaining a healthy weight, consuming plenty of vitamin C and water and choosing low-fat dairy products, you can help to keep your uric acid levels in check and maintain good health. So, make these dietary changes today and enjoy the benefits of a gout-free life!
About The Author
Dr. Leo is a highly-qualified and dedicated primary care physician who graduated from Manila Central University College of Medicine in 2018. He passed the Physician Licensure Exam in 2019, and has since gained valuable experience practicing in various settings such as being a company physician, doctor-on-duty for outpatient clinics, and a telemedicine practitioner.
What sets Dr. Leo apart is his dual-certification as both a physician and a registered nurse, having passed the Philippine Nurse Licensure exam in 2012. He has a unique perspective on healthcare as he believes in taking a holistic approach addressing the root cause of an issue rather than just treating symptoms. He is dedicated to finding long-term solutions for current disorders and preventing new ones.