As a researcher and author, John provides information in an easy-to-understand way that helps readers understand their condition.
Uric acid, a chemical created when the body breaks down substances called purines, affects many people. Purines are normally produced in the body and are also found in some foods and drinks. A build-up of uric acid can cause hard crystals to form in the body and result in immense pain. Luckily, there are several natural methods to help lower your levels of uric acid.
Four Ways to Naturally Lower Uric Acid Levels
- Eat cherries
- Drink water and stay hydrated
- Drink a baking soda solution
- Change to a low-purine diet
More and more gout sufferers are moving away from costly drug-based medications, with their nasty side effects, to natural ways to decrease uric acid. Below are some simple tips on how to lower uric acid levels in the body naturally, without turning to drugs.
1. Cherries Can Help Lower Uric Acid Levels
This is the natural remedy of choice for many gout sufferers. Cherries contain anthocyanins, which have anti-inflamatory properties—ideal for gout attacks. Additionally, research has also shown that they can lower uric acid serum levels. This is why cherries are such a powerful weapon against gout.
- In terms of how much to take, estimates vary between 10 and 40 cherries a day to help prevent attacks.
- During a gout attack, sources have suggested 30 to 40 cherries every four hours.
2. Drink Water and Stay Hydrated
While staying hydrated is already generally important, it's even more crucial that you do so if you have high levels of uric acid.
Make sure that you drink between two and three liters of water every day. Drink small amounts regularly throughout the day. Water helps the kidneys to process and flush uric acid out of the body.
3. Drink a Baking Soda Solution
Consuming a baking soda solution may help to dissolve uric acid crystals, and in turn, increase uric acid solubility.
How to Make a Baking Soda Solution:
- Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to 8 oz of water. Mix thoroughly.
- Drink a maximum of eight glasses daily. One before bedtime, one when you get up in the morning, and one every 2 to 4 hours between meals.
- Repeat until the symptoms have gone.
Note: Since baking soda is high in sodium, make sure you change to a salt-free diet whilst on this remedy. Also, it's best to avoid this remedy altogether if you suffer from high blood pressure. While you can take it as long as you monitor your blood pressure closely, it's better to err on the side of caution.
4. Change to a Low-Purine Diet
You may want to look into changing to a low purine diet. Since uric acid comes from the breakdown of purines, and purines also exist in our foods, a gout sufferer needs a diet that is relatively low in purines in order to lessen uric acid levels. This also means avoiding high purine foods completely.
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- Foods to avoid: The general types of food to avoid are: fatty red meats, offal, poultry, and certain types of seafood including mussels and scallops.
- Cut alcohol: It's important to avoid alcohol. Beer in particular is a trigger for gout.
- Foods that make up a low purine diet: Foods that make up a low purine diet include: essential fatty acids (like salmon), low fat dairy products, complex carbohydrates (like bread, cereal, pasta, and rice), and fruits such as cherries, strawberries, blueberries, and grapes.
What Is Uric Acid?
Before you start taking actions to lower uric acid levels naturally, it's important to understand what uric acid is, where it comes from, why high levels can lead to gout, and why you need to reduce high uric acid levels in the blood.
So, first things first: What is uric acid?
- Uric acid is a by-product of the chemical breakdown of compounds called purines that exist in our bodies' cells and in our food. Purines are very important to us because they provide energy and protein, among other important components. During those processes, uric acid is produced in the bloodstream.
- Uric acid is good for us because it acts as an antioxidant and helps look after the internal linings of our blood vessels. It's our kidneys' job to process the uric acid produced and excrete waste out of our bodies through our urine, or also a little through our stools.
What Causes High Uric Acid in Blood?
While the kidneys usually maintain uric acid at healthy levels, there are times when they are unable to do this. In turn, what results is that excess uric acid is retained in, and circulates in, the blood.
Two of the main causes for high uric acid levels in blood are:
- The kidneys aren't working to their full potential. They are unable to process and expel sufficient uric acid quickly enough, or
- There is too much uric acid being produced by the metabolizing purines for healthy kidneys to process.
Whatever is the case, the result is high uric acid in the blood.
What Is the Result of High Uric Acid Levels in the Body?
- Hyperuricemia: High uric acid levels in the blood is a condition known as hyperuricemia. Over time, this can lead to the production of uric acid crystals. Technically speaking, these are crystals of monosodium urate, which can settle in the joints, tendons and surrounding tissue.
- The body reacts defensively. The crystals are needle-like in shape and are looked upon as foreign objects by the body's natural defenses. In turn, the body's natural inflammatory processes working against these crystals are what actually cause gout symptoms such as redness, swelling, heat, inflammation, stiffness, and very great pain.
These are the symptoms of a gout attack. In other words, high uric acid can lead to gout, which is why it's important to decrease uric acid levels in the body.
What Is Gout?
Gout is an extremely painful form of inflammatory arthritis caused by an accumulation of uric acid crystals in the joints. These uric acid crystals can deposit in other tissues throughout the body, such as the kidney, which can lead to kidney stones. Gout is more common in men over the age of 45, but it can occur in anyone. Factors ranging from a family history of gout, to having other health issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes or kidney disease, can increase your risk of developing this problem.
Dangers of Recurring Gout
Many folks are unaware of the dangers of recurring gout. It can be very damaging if one chooses to not deal with their gout in a proper manner. Proper manner, in this case, refers to doing all that one can to prevent recurring gout as opposed to just treating present symptoms during an active attack.
Here are some of the major risks:
- It has been known for some time that frequently recurring gout can lead to permanent and serious joint damage and kidney problems, like painful kidney stones.
- But, recent studies have associated hyperuricemia (high uric acid) with heart disease and stroke. Some have even associated hyperuricemia with a higher risk of death!
If this is your first gout attack, know that you have a much higher chance of more attacks. In fact, it's almost certain, unless you take proper measures to prevent recurring gout. So, again: you need to not only eliminate gout symptoms during an attack, but prevent it from recurring time and time again.
What the Experts Say: Mayo Clinic's Dr. Matteson on High Uric Acid and Gout
Gout Treatment Poll
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
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Sudarshan on November 30, 2018:
It's informative,,,many thanks
Omar on September 04, 2018:
I just came from the Hospital, i have law uric aicd 6.0 !?
which is rare.
Aziz M on September 06, 2016:
Excellent Article!! My Uric Acid level is at 8.0. I have lower back pain. I'll make changes to my diet and see how it works out for me.
Thank you so much for such an informative article. Thanks!!
Rahul jain on August 10, 2016:
Thanks for sharing this
Ravi Roshan on July 09, 2016:
nyc knowledge about gout..thnx sir..
guest on March 27, 2016:
Found out that in Fibromyalgia patients we have high uric acid levels and problems lowering them..some of these people could have gout and fibromyalgia..it is proven both men and women get it and kids too..I eat healthy and do not touch red meat or rich foods
Rina manila on February 02, 2016:
Just came from the doctor for the 3rd time and my results are getting worst, just got to try this natural remedies, thank you so much, its vey informative
Mahendra Patel on June 23, 2015:
Thanks for your valuable suggestion! They will be most helpful
Darryl on June 17, 2015:
I have pain in my mid back around the kidney area and also above my hip, left shoulder and left foot. Sound about right?
HARILAL on May 16, 2015:
steve j on May 06, 2015:
very helpful my last attack I consume high volumes of cherry juice extract seem to help for me plus lots of fluids pretty crazy not being able to eat having fear of another attack last attack was crippling definitely a life changer
Drea M Salmon from Washington State on April 30, 2015:
This was really a great Hub. It was very informative and covered some things that I never knew. Thanks.
Hendrika from Pretoria, South Africa on February 24, 2015:
Thank you for the interesting article about Gout. It seems as though you just cannot get away from a healthy diet to stay healthy, it does not matter what your problem is, eat healthy.
Kappygirl on February 05, 2015:
Very informative hub. My father just had a gout attack. I am going to pass this information on to him. And I'm going to remember this article so I can avoid having gout.
Mitu Ranjan Das on October 07, 2014:
This information is very helpful. I am having uric acid level of 8.5 for last 2 Years and I am taking Furic 40. After getting this natural process of reducing uric acid I think it will be helpful for me.
Dr Ava Mazzafro from Solebury PA on August 03, 2014:
Well done! I suggest PURIXA users read this hub carefully. Take note of JCielo's section on the causes of gout.
Dr Ava Mazzafro from Solebury PA on August 03, 2014:
Great Hub!...Very informative. We will inform our PURIXA users of your helpful insights.
Theresa Jonathan from Maseru, Lesotho on August 02, 2014:
I am very grateful for the information. I have a friend who is almost unable to function properly and I know this approach will also help all people who are dealing with this condition. The responsibility of parenting exend to keeping the whole family healthy. Thank you!
Manoj Nirania on July 28, 2014:
Your info can be really helpful. My uric acid is 7.5. I will follow the above mentioned advise. let see what result comes ??
Theresa Jonathan from Maseru, Lesotho on July 17, 2014:
Very good hub! Some people are no able to wear proper shoes as a result of painful toe. Gout is a lifestyle disease and could be avoided by not mixing starch and proteins.
Razik on June 21, 2014:
Your article is very helpful with informative, I have Uric Acid 8.5mg/dl, I have to try Baking Soda treatment. Thanks for your effort serve to the coomunity
Ammara Ch on June 10, 2014:
Excuzme How to Reduce Uric acid??
vinay on June 07, 2014:
myself reduce my uric acid level 3.9 from 7.8 with in 4 days by only avoiding to take beer.
Moosa on May 09, 2014:
Thank u verry much for your great information
troy on April 16, 2014:
i been suffering a gout problem for several years until now and even today i have attack by my gout until i found this very useful information and i just want to say thank you very very much because now i have an idea on how i control the level of my uric acid as well as the foods to take to prevent it to attack again,,,again thank you very much for the great information....
JCielo (author) from England on February 17, 2014:
JOSEPH - thanks very much for your kind words.
JOSEPH OKANTEY on February 13, 2014:
I am very grateful for this information on uric acid. My doctor just told me after medical exam that the level in my blood is too. this got me to do some reading on the net. You have therefore made my day. Thank you and God bless you.
Joe Okantey, Accra - Ghana.
JCielo (author) from England on January 17, 2014:
Hi Mike, thanks for your question. Apart from, say, poppy seeds at 170 mg per 100 g, spices have relatively low purine concentrations so, on their own, are highly unlikely to raise your uric acid levels. What you would need to check for are any other ingredients that are mixed with the spices or spicy sauces and that could be high in purines.
mike crowe on January 16, 2014:
Very good info on your site. I have had gout symptoms for a number of years and am aware of many of the do's and don'ts concerning food and drink. I have a question that I have never seen addressed.
I cook with a lot of spicy dry rubs and peppery,spicy sauces. I love savory food and can't imagine not using my spices and sauces. The question is-should I be worried about these hot, peppery items. Will they, or could they already have, raised my uric acid levels?
nargis on November 03, 2013:
good hub.great advices
asylum36 on September 11, 2013:
How much cherry extract would you suggest as a dose daily?
sumaiyya on August 11, 2013:
nice hub we got many ways to prevent uric acid .
JCielo (author) from England on July 13, 2013:
Hi AJ, thanks for taking the time to leave your comment. And good luck!
AJ on July 12, 2013:
This is a very good source of information. I've had kidney stones for about 8 years now. I've been watching what I eat, and not eating lots of other stuff because it would be potentially bad for me. In the past few weeks I had a suspicion that my uric acid might be going high, and now some of my joints are hurting (the first for me) I am going to try the tips here and hopefully it would help me, at the same time I am trying to pass some kidney stones. I know lots of fun.
JCielo (author) from England on February 07, 2013:
@Diane - Yes, a healthy diet is best. Thanks for sharing.
@Arup Dutta - Try the tips in the article to help reduce your uric acid naturally. They worked for me. I have a hub titled 'How-to-Lower-Your-Cholesterol-Naturally-Without-Medication.' You might want to visit that for cholesterol. Thanks for your question.
@Leong Cher - Exercise is good, especially because being overweight may raise the risk of gout. As I said to Arup, try the remedies laid out in the article. I can't give a timescale because everone's case is different. One thing I will say, is not to reduce your uric acid levels too fast, as this in itself can trigger an attack!
Diane on February 06, 2013:
My daughter is a Nurse Practitioner. She encouraged me to go grain free. I eat chicken, fish, and some pork. No alcohol, no bread, no noodles. Be careful of hidden gluten in products. I also eat loads of vegetables, fruit, high quality whey protein (no sugar) with fruit in it. I don't eat penut butter (grain) but instead almond butter. I rarely have rice, no corn or corn products, ie tortillo chips. I drink almond butter with no sugar. I drink bottled water with lemon. I use sun dried tomatoes with olive oil to flavor fish and chicken. It's great. I stopped taking allopurinol. I truly believe that the enormous amount of grains (glutin) is too hard on your system. Try eating clean and see if it doesn't make you better.
Arup Dutta on December 03, 2012:
High Cholesterol(250), Triglyceride(246) and Uric Acid (5.9),maximum pain at feet and redis hot place .From one month take medicine (Actibile-300,Tonect-TG & Foboogut-40) but no improved.I want natural treatment to reduce this and 100% cure any way.What will be done ?
Leong Cher on November 06, 2012:
Hi there, will exercise regularly useful to lower uric acid level? Other than that, is there anymore best ways to avoid gout? And how many months should takes to lower the uric acid level?
JCielo (author) from England on November 04, 2012:
Max, thanks for your comments. You say you suffer from pseudogout. If this has been diagnosed as such by your doctor then there is a big difference compared to actual gout.
Gout is caused by 'uric acid' crystals (actually monosodium urate crystals) which can be dissolved and eliminated from the body. And, as well as drugs to do this, there are natural remedies several of which I have highlighted above.
Pseudogout (meaning 'fake' or 'imitation' gout), on the other hand, is caused by calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystals which, unfortunately, cannot be dissolved and eliminated. There is no cure as such. The treatment for pseudo gout is, basically, to manage the pain and inflammation and try to prevent joint damage.
Unfortunately, my article focuses on gout, not pseudogout, so the natural remedies I list really are not appropriate, nor any of the resources / references I have listed.
The best way forward is for you to work closely with your doctor. You seem to have made positive steps in terms of a healthy lifestyle and diet. One thing I would say is to talk with your doctor about any dietary changes you make. Good luck!
Simplymax on November 02, 2012:
Hello, I would like to learn more about natural uric acid reduction as I have have pseudo gout since my early twenties. I'm 50 now and have made some great strides in changing my diet and lifestyle. Please send any and all info in regard to this matter. Thanks Max
JCielo (author) from England on October 18, 2012:
Your welcome Rajkumar.
Rajkumar on October 18, 2012:
Thanks for ready reference
JCielo (author) from England on September 06, 2012:
@kaarthik - It is known that some people can have very high uric acid levels without having gout. However, they usually do end up in gout at some stage down the line if they stay consistantly high.
@Nita - Thanks for leaving your comment and I'm so glad that natural gout remedies are working for you.
Nita on September 06, 2012:
Thanks for the wonderful natural remedies for control of high uric acid level, which really works a lot for me.
kaarthik on August 16, 2012:
Hi, I have a problem i.e., i had gout problem in the year 2006 & because of my food control & taking Vitamin C i am in control for past years. Every 6 months i check my level. Yesterday checked my uric acid level is 10.8.. But i don't have pain in my body i am normal. I thought the report may be a problem but i took different reports in labs all reports are near to 10,9.8,11.6
can any one have the same or any suggestions please
JCielo (author) from England on August 15, 2012:
Catherine, the best encouragement I can give is not to lose heart, be patient and keep a positive mindset in order to reach your goals. And, as I always remind people here, work closely together with your doctor on a plan of action best suited to your particular needs. Don't do anything or make any changes without discussing with them first.
Catherine on August 14, 2012:
I am SO frustrated! I am a heart patient, female, turning 44 this year. I rarely eat red meat and only drink white wine. I am not your typical gout patient. My current trigger is my toe got injured 3 weeks ago. If that's my trigger, I'll be more watchful. (Got kicked in the middle of the night so couldn't really prevent that.) I am borderline diabetic, take duiretics and baby aspirin. My goal now is to really follow a fluid restriction and low salt diet to decrease my diuretic intake. (Was 20mg daily, then 50mg, then 25mg + 50mg spaced out.) And try to naturally lower my uric acid (10.9). Any encouragement is welcome! Thank you!!!
JCielo (author) from England on July 13, 2012:
Neetu, 5.4 mg/dl is below the 6.8 mg/dl generally recognised as the critical level for gout. If you are taking uric acid reducing drugs then it seems as though they are working. You must talk to your physician about any concerns you may have.
JCielo (author) from England on July 13, 2012:
Milnd, in using homeopathy to reduce uric acid, Urtica Urens, Benzoic acid, Pulsatilla and Lycopodium are commonly recommended.
neetu on July 13, 2012:
i m 26 yrs old i m not married but 2 years ago i got uric acid please suggest me what should i do i have even done many treatment from 2 years but no result found still a have 5.4 uric acid in my body how to come out from this problem
MILND MAHAJAn on July 06, 2012:
what is homeopathic solution to reduce level of uric acid i our body ?
imranjan on June 27, 2012:
syed owais on June 17, 2012:
hi... hello... i just came across i was just checking for my father on the net ... so i cam across ur website so i thought to tell u that my father is having problem in his feets .... some time in one leg... some time on the other ... the uric acid increases he is taking zyloric... as doctor prescribed him ... what shall he do... to control his uric acid ... can u advise doctor .. would be thankful to u ..
JCielo (author) from England on June 16, 2012:
AN... I'm not a doctor (read my Disclaimer at the end of the article) and cannot help you in terms of the medication you are on. My only comment is that Zyloric is a Xanthane Oxidase Inhibitor used to reduce uric acid levels and sometimes these types of drugs can actually make the symptoms worse when taken during a gout attack.
You do not mention if you are taking anti-inflammatory drugs for the inflammation and pain. Do not stop taking your drugs, talk to your doctor about your concerns.
UTI doesn't cause gout. But someone with recurring gout can suffer from uric acid kidney stones which can put that person at a higher risk of UTI than someone without stones. Again, consult with your doctor.
In terms of your diet, bear in mind that there are certain vegetables like asparagus, mushrooms, and cauliflower that are high in purines.
AN on June 14, 2012:
Last month I had a severe pain in my one of the foot and I was unable to walk. Docter advised me for blood test which resulted in high uric acid level (9.9).
Currently I'm having Zyloric (100 mg) tablets three times a day for the last 25 days, however pain is still there and has even started in second foot also.
I have a history of recurrent UTI (once in two yr) for the past 7 yrs.
My weight is around 100 Kg (Height 5 feet 10 Inches). I'm a pure vegetarian (not even takes eggs) and doesn’t take alcohol.
Please suggest whether I should opt for some other medicine and what diet I should take.
NP.QUEEN from Dubai on June 02, 2012:
Great information. Thanks for sharing.
JCielo (author) from England on May 31, 2012:
jcb - Yes, 8.4 mg/dl is considered a high uric acid level. Most experts advise getting it down below 6 mg/dL. But each individual is different. For example, it has been known for some patients to have gout with 6 mg/dl whilst others have as much as 9.6 mg/dl without having gout.
jcb on May 31, 2012:
is 8.4 considered high uric acid?
JCielo (author) from England on May 31, 2012:
Mohmmad - thanks for taking the time to read my article. And, yes, Baking Soda is Sodium Bicarbonate sometimes called Bicarbonate of Soda. Make sure you get Baking Soda and NOT Baking Powder, they aren't the same.
Mohmmad Salim Chhipa on May 31, 2012:
God blass you for natural Cure. I want to know that Is Baking soda same to Soda-bi-carb ?
Suthagaran on May 27, 2012:
my uric acid is high level, how to reduce become lower and safe , please advise.
JCielo (author) from England on May 17, 2012:
Hamid, thanks for leaving your comment. But I have to point out that I'm not a doctor! I'm just a guy who has suffered badly with gout in the past and who took responsibility for my own health by researching the subject thoroughly.
First off, 3 gout attacks in 10 years isn't all that bad. I used to have several a year before I learned how to manange them.
Because of your allergic reactions to the drugs mentioned you need to try to adjust your diet. Everybody can change their diet to some extent. Even if you don't want to avoid those foods you listed, at least reduce the amount you consume. For example, limit yourself to a maximum of 6 ounces of lean meat, poultry, or fish per day.
Hamid Gulay on May 17, 2012:
Dear Dr. JCielo,
My Uric Acid level today is 8.4, the normal level is 3.4 to 7.0 but I do not feel it (no pain).
I had Gout attack 3 times in the last 10 years.
irrigolarlly, some time I use Urosolvine Granules and also Colmediten Tables which are over-the-counter medicines.
Am alergic for Zyloric, No Uric and Less Uric Tablets.
I like and enjoy Lamp, Chicken and Fish. (no Diet is possible).
What Shall I do ???
JCielo (author) from England on May 17, 2012:
Fatima, a week isn't long enough to see any significant change. Your father should stick with the low purine diet as his doctor advised. And drink 2 to 3 litres of water daily to help stay hydrated. He might want to try the baking soda solution I talked about too.
Fatima on May 17, 2012:
Hi JCielo, my husband had an attack 2 weeks ago. Went to an orthopedic he told us that it's gout asked him to take a full blood count and as well as serum test. He asked us to take another test after a week with a proper low purine diet, but the result is still the same, as in the uric acid has not gone down. Please help as my husband is really worried. Thank you.
JCielo (author) from England on May 16, 2012:
George...For Gout see my 3 tips above.
And here are resources for Kidney Stones and High Blood Pressure Diets...
Kidney Stones:- http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/kidney...
High Blood Pressure:- http://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-press...
Hope this helps.
george bell on May 16, 2012:
My father in law is suffering from Gout, kidney stones and high blood pressure, He is Chinese indonesian , He eats a lot of white rice and noodles, how do these affect his problems, Can you recommend any specific changes in diet for him, how about Chili??? as they eat lots too,, Thanks for your advice,
JCielo (author) from England on May 10, 2012:
@umo Glad to hear I've been able to help.
@Sunny Thanks for stopping by and I hope some of the tips here can help you get your uric acid levels down.
Sunny Harjani on May 10, 2012:
I just found that I have 8.7 URIC ACID last week.
Am happy to find out about this paper.
umo on May 10, 2012:
Thank you very much. I have been eating some of the things on the list, and I do feel better.
JCielo (author) from England on May 07, 2012:
Arun, I'm glad you found the material helpful. Thanks for leaving such a positive comment. Remember though to check with your doctor first before making any significant changes to your diet or taking on any natural remedies.
Arun on May 07, 2012:
Thanks for the information. I had the gout symptoms on my right toe joint, four years ago and I had just taken Tylenol to reduce the pain. It took 10 days to reduce to normal. Since yesterday I see the symptom again at the same place. Now this information is very very helpful. You are right sir, after crossing 50s it is better to avoid drugs and adopt natural ways and what you have given is the correct advice. You have explained neatly, what, why and how. Thanks again.
JCielo (author) from England on May 06, 2012:
@Harvey @Colonel Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments.
Colonel Satnam Singh on May 06, 2012:
Very informative hub on problems of Gout and the Uric Acid Levels. I am sending the link to a friend who is suffering from Gout. Thanks JCielo for sharing such an important information
Harveyb2 on April 23, 2012:
Good information and well written Thanks
JCielo (author) from England on March 18, 2012:
@loy - 8oz is the same as 250 ml (1/4 of a litre) or a cup. Hope this helps, and thanks for taking the time to read my hub.
loy on March 18, 2012:
Consume a baking soda solution to help dissolve uric acid crystals, and, increase uric acid solubility. Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to 8 oz of water. Mix thoroughly, and drink maximum 8 glasses daily. One before bedtime, one when you get up in the morning, and one every 2 to 4 hours between meals. Repeat until the symptoms have gone.can you tell me exactly amount of water to be mixed with 1/2 teaspon baking soda?am not clear with 8oz
nathanathma on March 09, 2012:
thanking you very much thanksssssssssss.....
JCielo (author) from England on February 20, 2012:
@J Sykes... Please don't give up! There is a remedy / remedies out there for you.
Remember, that not everything works for everybody as everyone's metabolizm is different. You just have to find what's best for you.
For example, I can eat shellfish (reckoned to be a gout time-bomb) till the cows come home without triggering an attack, but if I overdo the beer then that's a different matter. On the other hand, wine doesn't cause me a problem, but does for my brother-in-law.
The things that have worked best for me, maintenance-wise, are my healthier low-purine diet which I stick to, eating lots of vegetables and fruit, and drinking plenty of water. The key is to find what works for you and stick with it religiously.
I haven't had even the sniff of an attack for a number of years now.
J Sykes on February 20, 2012:
I've heard it all before. I've tried everything
pankaj rao on February 15, 2012:
JCielo (author) from England on January 16, 2012:
Thanks thesingernurse. And thanks to all of the good folks above for their kind comments too. So sorry to be so lax in replying to you all. My new year's resolution is to reply in a speedier manner!
Tina Siuagan from Rizal, Philippines on January 16, 2012:
Very informative hub. Voted up! :D
RVDaniels from Athens, GA on November 15, 2011:
helpful indeed. I plan to start using baking soda more.
Neha tathgir on November 14, 2011:
I found it very helpful in directing my dear ones having high uric acid problem.
bangingbeauty on November 02, 2011:
This is great advice that everyone should have a look at. Cheers, BB
RAJSEKAR on November 01, 2011:
Great Hub.. Very simple and very clear all depends on us to practica and become perfect..
God Bless you...
waseem on October 17, 2011:
very informative for me. Thanks for share great information.
Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 12, 2011:
Great hub. Simple remedies to lessen uric acid levels. Thanks Jcielo for the info.
RAVI on September 27, 2011:
Really Informative for me affecting due to high uric acid levels
Gout Home Remedies on June 02, 2011:
Gout is very painful. Most doctors and experts say that the main cause of gout can be attributed to diet and genetics. I also read that gout flare ups can arise if one is drinking to many sweetened beverages. So try to cut back on the soda... Also take vitamin C that helps with gout..
Pamela N Red from Oklahoma on May 17, 2011:
Great advice. Thanks for the list of foods that are okay. It seems the list of no-no's is much longer so we aren't sure what we can have.
frogyfish from Central United States of America on November 30, 2010:
Vital information shared here. Thank you!
Phil Challis on September 29, 2010:
The natural remedy is always the way to go!
The pharmaceutical company's will never provide a proper cure and their medications lead to secondary illness's which further keep their shareholders happy.
JCielo (author) from England on March 23, 2010:
Thanks Smireles, I take that as a great compliment. For the life of me, I don't know why it has taken me so long to join HubPages!
Sandra Mireles from Texas on March 22, 2010:
Excellent hub. I have a relative with gout and am sending this link. Welcome to hubpages!