Hyperuricemia occurs when the level of uric acid in the blood gets very high. This acid is normally produced by a cellular breakdown and it is filtered by kidneys and released through urine. In excessive amounts, uric acid turns into solid crystals which accumulate within the joints, thus causing a condition known as gout.

Several factors may lead to this condition. According to Mayo Clinic, one of the causes of gout is the renal inability to remove uric acid from the body. This may happen due to a high consumption of foods that increase the level of uric acid, as well as alcohol abuse.

Other factors that may also lead to high uric acid in the body are:

• Hypothyroidism
• Heredity
• Obesity
• Taking water retention relievers
• Being diagnosed with renal insufficiency
• Taking immunosuppressive medications
• Purine-rich diet
• Psoriasis
• Tumor lysis syndrome

Here are the symptoms you may experience:

• Intense joint pain
• Tophi (nodules felt under the skin)
• Joint warmth
• Joint redness
• Tenderness
• Swelling

In order to manage this condition, we are going to present you two homemade remedies that can effectively soothe the pain.

Lemon juice and Apple cider vinegar

These two highly potent ingredients are natural cleansing agents which will detoxify your body and eliminate the excess uric acid. They can also restore the acid balance in your organism due to their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Add one or two teaspoons of raw, organic apple cider vinegar to a glass of water. Make sure you consume it three times a day until you lower your uric acid levels. Also, note that the excessive use of this remedy can reduce the potassium levels and hinder the function of the diuretic agents.

Lemon juice, on the other hand, provides alkaline effects, thus neutralizing the accumulated uric acid. It is also high in vitamin C which decreases the levels of uric acid in the blood. Squeeze one lemon into a glass of water and consume it every morning on an empty stomach. Make sure you use it only for a few weeks.

In addition, it is recommendable to avoid purine-rich foods if you want to balance the acid levels in your body. Make sure you avoid high-fructose drinks as well because they can also increase the risk of gout by accelerating some cellular processes which, in turn, will raise uric acid levels.

Foods you should avoid:

• Anchovies
• Organ meat
• Herring
• Asparagus
• Bacon
• Sardines
• Seafood
• Beer
• Alcohol
• Sugary beverages
• Added sugars (high-fructose corn syrup)
• Yeasts

Foods you should consume more frequently in order to treat gout:

• Vegetables
• Fruits
• Legumes
• Eggs
• Whole grains
• Nuts
• Dairy products
• Plant-based oils
• Spices and herbs
• Beverages like green tea and coffee