Uric acid occurs naturally in your body as a byproduct of the breakdown of purines--chemical compounds found in some foods and alcohol. Too much uric acid in your blood is called hyperuricemia, and this condition can lead to the formation of small, sharp crystals that can accumulate in your joints, causing gout; or in your kidneys, causing kidney stones. Medications can be used to help dissolve and remove uric acid crystals from your body, but there are also natural ways for to get rid of uric acid crystals and prevent their return.
Removing Uric Acid Crystals Naturally
Uric acid takes time to build to dangerous levels in your system, and during this time you will probably have no indication that you have a potential problem. The first sign is usually a gout attack or a kidney stone.
According to MayoClinic.com, if you are unfortunate enough to have a build-up of uric crystals in your body causing a kidney stone, your doctor may prescribe allopurinol to reduce blood uric acid levels. An alkalinizing agent may also be prescribed to help dissolve existing crystal build-ups. Another drug, colchicine, can be prescribed for gout.
While medications work, the real key to both getting rid of uric acid crystals and preventing their return is dietary changes. When you make simple dietary changes, you naturally reduce the level of uric acid in your body.
PodiatryChannel.com recommends drinking lots of water and including more fruits in your diet, especially unsweetened cherries, blueberries and blackberries. Cherries naturally lower uric acid and remove uric acid crystals. Other deeply pigmented fruits help as well. Vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, olive oil, and salmon, tuna and halibut are also helpful in keeping blood uric acid levels lower.
The National Library of Medicine recommends that you eliminate purine-rich foods like organ meats, shellfish, yeast, beer, herring, mackerel, sardines and anchovies. Foods to be reduced include processed foods, legumes, mushrooms, asparagus, fatty foods, red meat and sugar. These are all foods that are rich in purines, and eliminating or reducing them will help to naturally reduce uric acid levels.
For people with gout, it is important to maintain a healthy body weight. But if you are losing weight, lose it at a reasonable pace--if you lose too quickly, you increase your risk of forming uric acid crystals.