ACIDIC and high protein foods increase the acidity in the body, raising the levels of uric acid thus resulting in gout, joint pain, and uric acid crystallization.
A sharp and throbbing pain in the left foot is the usual symptom for men. Severe pain in the stomach and pubic area are the signs of kidney stones for women. Gout, a form of arthritis, leads to painful conditions like kidney stones, as a result of the uric acid buildups in the blood or urine.
There are many factors why your uric acid level increases. The latest studies suggest that uric acid buildups are associated with acidic foods. These studies also showed that one can reduce the acidity in the body by introducing alkaline foods to the diet. This will also reduce instances of gout and other kidney and joint problems.
The latest study involved a group of healthy female students. Each of them showed no medical problems at the regular physical examinations. The five-day study compared urine samples of acidic– high-protein and less vegetable/fruit based diet and alkaline – low-protein and high-fruit/vegetable diet.
Scientists measured the volume of urine, the pH value, organic acid levels, creatinine, uric acid, titratable acid, all cations and anions necessary for the estimation of the acid and base levels.
The results showed a connection between high acidic serum levels and diet, or the metabolic degradation of foods. In the acidic group, the level of uric acid in the serum was much higher than the levels in the alkaline group, and therefore uric acid is reabsorbed more easily in acidic urine than in alkaline urine, where it is more easily excreted.
The study also found that high-protein foods, or foods rich in amino acids, create acidic by-products. This group includes meat, eggs, and certain dairy products like butter. Products like corn, alcohol, sugar, salad oil, and mayo also produce acidic by-products in the organism.
On the other hand, foods that increase alkalinity include: leafy greens, pumpkin, miso, basil, cucumber, cabbage, kiwi, pineapple, mushrooms, yams, vinegar, walnuts, bell peppers, etc.
Dietary intervention is the best prevention for conditions caused by uric acid buildups, such as joint pain and gout. Alkaline diet is effective in preventing such disorders.
Here are two concoctions you may try to increase alkalinity.
Ginger-fruit iced tea
Ginger tea, organic
Purified and alkaline water
1-2 Tbsp fresh lemon and/or lime juice
1/4 cup grapefruit juice, organic
* Make some ginger tea using purified, alkaline water and steep it for five minutes or until you get the desired color. Let it cool for a while.
* Add in some lemon and/or lime juice, then also add the grapefruit juice. Drop in some ice cubes and enjoy. You can also drink it hot in winter months.
2 medium-sized bananas, ripe
2 cups frozen berries (strawberry, blackberry, blueberry, raspberry)
1-2 cups kale (remove the spine, use variety of your choice)
2-3 Tbsp pumpkin seeds, raw
1/2 – 1 cup purified water
* Blend all the ingredients together until you get a smooth texture. It is better if you use medium-high blender.