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High and Low Uric Acid Symptoms: 5 Natural Ways That Can Help Maintain Them

Swelling, pain in the joints, or back pain are common high uric acid symptoms

Low uric acid symptoms include dehydration caused by frequent urination

You may not see signs of high uric acid until it is high for a long period

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Bajaj Finserv Health
March 30th, 2022
8 mins read

Uric acid, found in your blood, is a waste product created by your body when it breaks large components of chemicals known as purines. Uric acid usually dissolves into the blood and passes through your kidneys, leaving the body through urine [1].

High levels of Uric acid symptoms are harmful to your body and should be kept in control. If you have continually high levels of uric acid, it may cause hyperuricemia. This is a health condition that leads to formation of uric acid crystals. These crystals can cause the following medical conditions in your body 

  • Gout 
  • Kidney disease 
  • Fanconi syndrome

Uric acid also functions as an oxidant. Low levels can cause endothelial disfunction and oxidative stress. This can make you more prone to conditions like diabetes and hypertension. This is why it is important to keep your uric acid levels in check and take the necessary to measures to maintain them. Read on to find out some natural remedies for preventing harmful uric acid levels.

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High and low uric acid symptoms 

There is no guarantee that you will feel any signs of high uric acid levels in your body. Uric acid symptoms generally don’t appear until you have had levels outside the normal range for a long period of time. High uric acid symptoms include the following: 

  • Swelling or pain in the joints 
  • Warm feeling in the joints when touched
  • Discolored or shiny skin around the joints
  • Frequent urination
  • Back pain
  • Urine containing blood, smelling unusual or becoming cloudy
  • Vomiting or nausea 
  • Stiffness

One of the common low uric acid symptoms is frequent urination. This can lead to dehydration if you are not drinking enough water. Low uric acid levels are more common than higher ones. 

Additional read: Blood Test for Diabetes

Diagnosing and treating low and high uric acid levels  

High and low uric acid in the body can impact your health and well-being in the long term. This makes it important for you to know the high and low uric acid symptoms. By noticing them in time, you can get timely treatment and avoid complications. There are a number of tests available to diagnose the levels of uric acid in your body. These tests generally require your blood samples. For those diagnosed with kidney stones or asked to undergo surgery, the stones are tested under clinical settings to measure levels of uric acid.

With prescribed medication, you can manage and control high as well as low levels of uric acid to a certain extent. The medication works by dissolving uric acid crystals present in your body. If you have extremely high uric acid levels or experience urinary infections, you may need urate lowering therapy.

Low blood uric acid is not considered a serious medical condition but could signify that you may have certain health problems. If your uric acid is at 2mg/dl or less, it is considered a low level of uric acid [2]. Your doctor may prescribe therapies and medicines to control uric acid levels in your body.

Food to increase uric acid level

food to increase Uric Acid level

Natural ways to manage uric acid levels in your body

1. Keep your weight in check 

Excess weight increases inflammation in your body and impacts the formation of uric acid. Fat cells may increase uric deposit in your body, which is why it is important to keep your weight in check.

2. Modify and control your diet 

The best way to prevent fluctuation in you uric acid levels is to make less purine-rich food a part of your diet. These foods are harder to digest and increase your uric acid levels. Other things to avoid include alcohol or sugary products to keep acid production in check.

3. Drink more fluids 

Maintaining your hydration level is one of the easiest ways to eliminate toxins from your body. Constantly drinking hydrating liquids can help your kidneys filter out waste faster by reducing deposits and flushing out all the toxins. Ensure that you consume 8-11 glasses of water every day, without fail.

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4. Watch out for your insulin levels 

High levels of uric acid can lead to an increase increased risk of diabetes. Unmanaged insulin levels can also increase deposits of uric acid levels and result in other health conditions. Get frequent check-ups and practice dietary controls with exercise.

5. Manage your stress 

Making you are free of tension is one of the best ways to keep your body healthy and ward of any risk of infection. High levels of stress, bad sleep habits, nervous triggers and anxiety can cause inflammation in your body. This can increase the concentration of uric acid. Consider meditation, exercise, yoga and deep breathing to alleviate and manage stress naturally. Cutting down your screen time on gadgets can also help!

Additional read: Stress Symptoms

Conclusion

Just like most other health conditions, the best method of prevention for high or low uric acid levels in the body is to follow a healthy lifestyle. This includes a nutritious diet and proper exercise. Coupled with the right medication, you can easily banish uric acid. Book an online consultation with a doctor on Bajaj Finserv Health for guidance on your uric acid levels. You can even consult specialists for help managing your uric acid symptoms and work on improving your overall health and well-being. Get on a call today and take the first step towards improving your health.  

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