Uric acid crystals form around your joints and can cause sudden painful aches and swelling known as gout. These crystals are formed by excessive amounts of uric acid, a chemical that is found in foods rich with purines, according to Victor Konshin, author of "Beating Gout." Treatment for effectively removing urate crystals from your blood and urine requires dietary adjustments, medication and lifestyle changes to reduce the uric acid level.
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Eat less meat. Red meat, poultry and fish are high in purines due to the amount of protein. Foods that are rich in protein increase your blood's level of uric acid, according to the Mayo Clinic's website. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, you should consume no less than 0.8 grams of protein for every kilogram of body weight on a daily basis.
Limit spinach, broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms, beans and cauliflower. These foods have a moderate amount of purines, and should be limited to 2 servings daily, according to HealthSquare.com.
Take uric-acid removal medication. Probenecid assists your kidneys in removing uric acid from your body when taken regularly, according to the Mayo Clinic. Although the medication helps remove uric acid from your body, it increases uric acid in your urine, which can cause kidney stones and stomach pain.
Eliminate alcohol. Drinking reduces your body's ability to dispose of uric acid.
Drink lots of fluids. Water helps flush urate crystals from your body and dilutes uric-acid levels.
Tips and warnings
- Contact your physician if you continue to suffer from sharp pain and inflammation after treatment.
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