How to get rid of uric acid crystals in your body
Higher than normal uric acid levels in the blood mean that the body is not handling the breakdown of purines well. Only your physician can find out the cause of the overproduction of uric acid, or if your body is unable to clear away uric acid. Uric acid tests are ordered when your physician suspects high levels of uric acid. This test will tell if your body is breaking down cells too quickly or not getting rid of uric acid quickly enough. These tests also monitor the uric acid when a patient has had chemotherapy or radiation treatments.
An increased concentration of uric acid can cause crystals to form in the joints, leading to inflammation of the joints and pain characteristic with gout. Uric acid can also form crystals or kidney stones that can damage the kidneys.
It is much less common to find low levels of uric acid in the blood and are seldom considered cause for concern. Although low values can be associated with some kinds of liver or kidney diseases, exposure to toxic compounds, and rarely as the result of an inherited metabolic defect, these conditions are typically identified by other tests and symptoms and not by an isolated low uric acid result.
There are also drugs that can increase or decrease the level of uric acid. Diuretics (such as thiazide) can cause uric acid levels to go up. Aspirin (as well as other calculates) have varying effects on uric acid. At low aspirin levels (occurring in a person taking aspirin only occasionally), aspirin can increase blood uric acid, while, on the other hand, in high doses (as with the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis), aspirin actually lowers the concentration of uric acid.
For those that have uric kidney stones or gout, foods that are high in purine content should be avoided.
Purines are organic compounds that are found in both human tissues as well as in the foods that we consume. Purine is converted into uric acid, and the excess contributes to gout. This excess can be caused by either the overproduction of uric acid or the under-elimination of it by your kidneys. Either way – avoid purine-rich foods to get rid of or avoid gout altogether.
These purines are found in all foods that contain protein. Protein cannot be eliminated from a diet – that would be unhealthy. Purine-rich foods like meats, organ meats (liver, kidneys, and hearts), sardines in oil, yeast (baked goods with yeast) and legumes should be eaten in moderation and during a flare-up of gout – avoided completely, until the symptoms have passed. Other foods to avoid – gravies, broths, herring, fish, mussels, dried beans lentils, peas, spinach, and oatmeal. Avoid caffeine and diet sodas.
Snack on fruits and enjoy celery – which is also another anti-inflammatory. Enjoy eggs and nuts.
Avoid alcohol! Especially beer – not only for the uric acid raising alcohol, but also for the fermented yeast! Alcohol, beer and wine are definitely causes for an increased risk of getting gout because it affects uric acid production and removal. Your body converts alcohol to lactic acid, reducing the amount of uric acid removed from the kidneys. There is a battle between uric acid and the lactic acid being removed by the kidneys into the urine. The increase in ethanol in the body increases the amount of adenosine troposphere (ATP) that the body produces. ATP’s are converted to adenosine monophosphate (AMP) – the precursor or uric acid.
Avoid fasting, crash diets, starvation diets and strenuous exercise – all raise uric acid levels.
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