Here at Lifetones, we spend a lot of time researching the effects that uric acid has on the body and sharing that information with you. However, we've found that it can be difficult to understand some of the basic jargon that surrounds the concept of uric acid.
Uric acid exists because the body breaks down purines in foods and converts them into a natural waste byproduct. Too much of this uric acid in the body can crystallize, causing joint and muscle pain, gout, and fibromyalgia.
Purines are organic compounds found in some foods, such as shellfish, bacon, turkey, and liver.
Not all purines are bad, but it's important to avoid large amounts of it; that's where low-purine diets come into play. A low-purine diet isn't for avoiding purines altogether, rather it's to manage how much you consume.
Most vegetables, nearly all fruits, and the majority of grain products are low in purines, as well as low-fat dairy products and just about all non-alcoholic drinks.
Some fatty foods, like a lot of dairy products, may be low in purines on paper, but they can make it hard for your body to digest food. Fatty diets have been linked to increased uric acid in the body because the body cannot completely digest and get rid of these products effectively.
On top of these factors, stress, poor sleeping habits, and not enough exercise can also contribute to higher levels of uric acid in the body.
It's important to be conscious about what exactly we're putting into our bodies and how we can maintain a healthy diet to be healthier overall.
If you are curious about some specific food options that are great for managing purines in your body, I'd recommend reading Antioxidant Foods: Health Benefit or Hype?