Definition of uric acid
Uric acid is an acid derived from the degradation of certain elements in the body. The accumulation of uric acid in the tissues can cause gout disease.
Uric acid is stored by the body for two main reasons:
- When uric acid is overproduced by the body, due to a "poor diet"
- When you do not drink enough and that the removal of uric acid in urine is not sufficient
Consequences of an increase in uric acid
Food in itself does not contain purines but uric acid. Uric acid is actually a substance produced naturally by our body during the breakdown of purines.
Uric acid can not be recycled by the body and be excreted in the urine. Some foods are particularly rich in purines and entail an increase of uric acid in the blood.
An increase in uric acid is called hyperuricaemia.
What are the symptoms of high level uric acid?
One of the best known consequences of increased uric acid is gout disease.
Although a number of people may have a high uric acid levels for years and did not notice when symptoms occur, they are recognizable!
Diet to reduce uric acid
If you want to reduce uric acid levels, it can be done through a behavior in three phases.
Change your diet with a reduction in meat consumption
Meats, especially organ meats, are the main causes of the appearance of uric acid. It is therefore necessary to reduce meat consumption or even to stop using some of them.
Drink water helps to reduce uric acid
Drink more water will help you to remove uric acid by a better uric acid filtering in the blood by your kidneys. It is therefore advisable to drink 2 liters of water per day to optimize uric acid filtering.
Change feeding habits can reduce uric acid
Besides the meatb consumption, it is necessary to change feeding habits to reduce uric acid levels.
List of foods to choose to decrease uric acid
- Fresh fruit
- Fruit jams
- Cereals such as wheat, rice, oats, ...
- The Starchy foods like potatoes, tapioca, ...
- Vegetables: Green beans, leeks, carrots, zucchini, ...
- Soft cheeses
List of foods to reduce to decrease uric acid
- White meats like veal and chicken
- Beans, peas, cabbage, asparagus
List of foods to be banned to avoid uric acid
- Pulses such as beans, lentils, chickpeas
- The deli
- The pig
- Game and offal such as brains, kidneys, liver
- Smoked meats
- Sardines, anchovies, herring, trout, carp, pike, salmon, eel, mackerel or tuna
- All seafood without exception
- Vegetables such as spinach and Swiss chard
- Sharp cheeses
- Cocoa and chocolate
- Nuts such as peanuts, almonds, ...
- Sugary drinks non-alcoholic (fruit and fruit juices high in fructose)
- Salt, pepper and spices in general
- Coffee and tea
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