The true source of this discomfort is a high amount of uric acid in your system. Normally the body rids itself of uric acid by excreting it in the urine, keeping blood levels low. If your eating foods that build a lot of uric acid in your body & not eating enough foods to neutralize or remove it. It’s very possible you will have muscle pain, joint pain, kidney stones, gout or kidney failure.
These high levels lead to gout — but not right away. In fact, uric acid levels are typically elevated for 20 to 30 years before they cause any trouble, which is why gout usually occurs in middle-aged and older men. But gout can also be triggered by a rapid drop in uric acid levels, which is why up to 30% of men with gout have normal uric acid levels at the time of an attack.
An attack of gout occurs when excess uric acid is deposited in a joint and forms urate crystals that irritate the joint lining. White blood cells try to gobble up the crystals, but they are not equal to the task. The white blood cells are themselves damaged, releasing chemicals that cause inflammation, swelling, and pain.
The most common manifestation of gout is acute arthritis, severe pain in a joint. In most cases, it strikes one joint at a time; in half, it’s the first joint in the large toe. Other frequent sites include the forefoot, instep, heel, ankle, and knee. At any site, the attack usually begins abruptly, often at night. Within hours, the joint becomes red, swollen, hot, and painful. And even though only one small joint is affected, the inflammation can be intense enough to cause fever, muscle aches, and other flu-like symptoms.
Without treatment, gout can also cause long-term arthritis, with chronic swelling and permanent joint damage.
Uric acid is a breakdown of purines in your food. Here is a basic list of foods that have high amounts of purines:
- All meats, especially organ meats
- Meat extracts and gravies
- Seafood, especially sardines and anchovies
- Yeast and yeast extracts
- Beans, peas, and lentils
- Spinach and asparagus
You should also limit your intake of alcohol & sugary foods. Now this doesn’t mean you can’t eat these foods. I love mushrooms & all the veggies on that list above. Just don’t eat those every day or in excess. Then make sure you eat a lot of foods to remove or neutralize uric acid such as:
- Parsley: Eliminates uric acid, helps reduce arthritic inflammation. Inhibits the release of histamine (main factor in allergic reactions). So works as a natural antihistamine.
- Cucumber: A combination of cucumber & carrot juice has been used in problems resulting from an excess of uric acid in the system.
- Water: Flushes out toxins including excess uric acid from the body. Have at least 2 -3 quarts of pure water daily. Start you day off with 1 quart of lemon water 30 minutes before you eat breakfast.
- Turmeric with Fresh Cracked Black Pepper: Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antiseptic, analgesic. Boosts immunity. Anti-carcinogenic. Helps maintain cholesterol levels. Promotes digestive health. Liver detoxifier. Regulates metabolism and weight management. High blood pressure. Memory and brain function. Various skin conditions. Neurological disorders. Lowers Triglycerides.
Adding black pepper to turmeric or turmeric-spiced food enhances curcumin’s bioavailability by 1,000 times, due to black pepper’s hot property called piperine. Yup, by mixing turmeric and black pepper together, you increase your body’s absorption of the turmeric by 2000%!
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Drink apple cider vinegar. Add 3 teaspoons of vinegar to 8 ounces of water and have it 2-3 times every day to treat uric acid.
- Foods rich in Vitamin C: It disintegrates uric acid and forces it out of the body through urine. Good sources of vitamin C are Awla, Guava, Kiwi, Sweet lime, citrus peal powder, oranges, raw green peppers, capsicum, lemon, tomato and green leafy veggies.
- Cherries: Have anti–inflammatory substances named anthocyanis that help reduce uric acid levels. It prevents the uric acid from crystallising and being deposited in the joints. Cherries also neutralise the acids and help prevent inflammation and pain. 200 gms per day is very effective in bringing down uric acid.
- Apple: Malic acid in apple neutralises uric acid and thus provides relief.
- Lime Juice: The citric acid found in lime is a solvent of the uric acid .The juice of half a lime squeezed into a glass of water should be taken twice daily.
- Celery seed: This is a popular home remedy to lower uric acid levels in the body. Have celery seeds extract to get best results.
- Berries: Berries especially strawberries, and blueberries have anti-inflammatory properties so include them in your diet.
- High-fibre foods: Foods high in dietary fibre may help lower uric acid levels in your blood. Dietary fibre may help absorb uric acid in your bloodstream, allowing it to be eliminated from your body through your kidneys. Increase the consumption of dietary soluble fibres such as oats and rye, broccoli, apples, oranges, pears, strawberries, blueberries, cucumbers, celery, and carrots. Pretty much all raw vegetables other than those listed prior.
- Bananas: Beneficial in lowering uric acid.
- Raw Cacao Nibs or Powder: One of the most anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich foods known to mankind.
I actually healed my inflamed right hand by drinking this Allergy / Anti-inflammatory Juice for several months. Amazing how your body can heal when giving the right nutrients it needs. I still continue to eat parsley in my morning green smoothie on a regular basis to eliminate uric acid from my body.