Uric acid forbidden foods

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It is important to control uric acid levels in our body, it is a symptom that if not controlled there can be long-term health problems.

High rates of uric acid could cause having gout. Prevention is the best attack in many health issues, therefore, we advise above all to take care of your diet.

In this article we will tell you what are the characteristics of uric acid, what are the "forbidden" foods that you should avoid so as not to aggravate the situation, what causes having the high or low uric acid. 

Uric acid characteristics

El uric acid it is found naturally in the body. It is made from the purines in some foods when they break down. If we consume too many foods rich in purines in one period, your body may have too much uric acid without you knowing it.

In recent years, the number of people with high uric acid levels has increased by around 50%. The body is able to dissolve these excesses in the blood through urine, however, if there is a lot of it, it may not be able to get rid of everything. Therefore, we have to help him by correcting the diet.

Foods to avoid if you have uric acid

When you have detected high uric acid, you have to start changing your diet so as not to increase those levels. They should be eliminated from the diet, at least, until you have healthy data.

Make a note of the following foods to keep in mind each time you make your shopping list.

  • Meats: the most damaging meats are lamb and pork. They are the most damaging.
  • Offal products: especially the heart, kidneys, gizzards or liver.
  • Fish: avoid the consumption of sardines, mackerel, anchovies, sole and herring. They cause that increase in uric acid in our body.
  • Seafood: all kinds of seafood should be left out of the diet, at least for a season.
  • Industrial concentrates and broths: they are rich in salts and preservatives, which alter acid production.
  • Fatty foods: saturated fats and also cream or butter can cause us that unwanted increase.
  • Drinks: To cleanse the body, you should consume water, natural juices or unsweetened infusions. On the other hand, you should not drink coffee, sugary and carbonated soft drinks, or alcoholic beverages.
  • The industrial sweets or even homemade: the abuse of sweets is not positive or healthy, so we have to avoid them in every possible way.
  • Fatty dairy: that is to say, all those that are whole, cheeses with all the fats or milk and whole yogurts. We have to swap them for skim and low-fat options.
  • Vegetables rich in purines: which we highlight the spinach, leeks, cauliflower, asparagus or tomato.
  • Processed and industrial sauces: in this case, do not abuse mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup or other similar sauces, barbecue, mustard and honey, etc.

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Diseases and causes that cause high uric acid

Having high uric acid is not only related to certain foods, it can also be caused by having a disease that results in these harmful levels or certain pathologies of the body that are directly associated.

  • Have overweight u obesity.
  • Tomar alcoholic drinks in excess.
  • Maintain a diet high in purines. In general, eat a lot of red meat, sausages, fish, shellfish, sugary foods or certain legumes.
  • If we suffer from any disease that directly affects the kidney, It could also cause us that alteration in our levels.
  • Tomar certain medicationss could also cause disturbances.

Suffer hyperuricemia, is directly related to the following diseases.

  • Have gout, by an excess of acid in the joints that produce pain and discomfort as if it were a burn.
  • Calculations in the kidneys.
  • Nephrolithiasis. 
  • Chronic kidney disease or acute.

What if I have very low uric acid?

As we always say, it is not good to be at any extreme in terms of levels, therefore, if we have very low uric acid levels it is also serious, because it would produce some alterations in the body.

Hyporuricemia can appear if we suffer from the following pathologies:

  • Fanconi syndrome or Wilson's disease. 
  • Diabetes.
  • Not having enough protein from chicken, beef o blue fish. 
  • Take in excess alcoholic drinks. 
  • Medications such as cortisone, salicylates, and estrogens. 

To know if we have high or low uric acid levels, take into account the following data:

  • Women: must be kept between 2,4 and 5,7
  • Men: stay between 3,4 and 7,0. 

You must take it into account to know if you have high or low levels. Take note of the "forbidden" foods so as not to worsen your health if you have uric acid. If you think your levels are out of control, do not hesitate to go to your family doctor for a blood test to determine if you really have the correct levels.

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