Uric acid builds up when the body makes too much of it or fails to excrete it. It is a waste product resulting from the metabolism of food. The level of uric acid in your blood can become elevated if your body produces too much or if it doesn’t efficiently dispose of it. It is very important to keep your diet in check to avoid food that increases the Uric Acid content in the body.
Diet Tips for High Uric Acid Patients:
Lower fat intake as excess fat reduces normal excretion of uric acid.
Liberal fluid intake to keep the urine dilute.
Restriction or elimination of alcohol.
What to Avoid:
Although Purines (organic compounds, which create uric acid breakdown in the body) are found in vegetable sources, they don’t cause the same amount of uric acid buildup in the body that meat sources do. In fact, fresh fruits and vegetables reduce acid levels in the body and it is often advised to avoid red meats, organ meats and highly processed foods. Fresh fruits and vegetables are encouraged so the patient can increase alkalinity in the blood.
Therefore, rather than attempting to find foods that are free of purines and uric acid, it’s important to know how to increase the body’s alkalinity, which naturally reduces the body’s acidity. Fresh, non-processed foods, such as fruits and vegetables, are the way to go.
*Text Courtesy: Priya Jain and Pranita Mahajan, Dietician, P D Hinduja National Hospital & MRC, Mahim, Mumbai.