2. Lemon Juice
Lemons are believed to have originated in Asia as a hybrid cross between citrus and lime fruit, and were introduced to Europe around the time of 1 A.D. Likely the most popular member of the citrus family, lemons were used throughout the Mediterranean as a symbol of warmth and sunlight, and considered a sacred fruit in many other countries. Lemons were famously used to treat scurvy among sailors, and modern medicine can now attribute that to the rich amounts of vitamin C they contain. They’re also a popular ingredient in many cuisines, and can be used for many different things, including household cleaning and skincare.
Lemons are a very versatile fruit: the entire fruit can be used for something. Lemon peel is often grated and used as flavoring in marinades, dressings and sauces, the flesh can be used as an ingredient in recipes, and the juice is often consumed as a health tonic. Even the leaves from a lemon tree can be brewed into tea or used in cooking. Lemons are commonly used for many medicinal purposes like headaches, gum disease, sore throat, nose bleeds, hiccups and constipation.
One medium lemon contains more than 60 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C, as well as healthy amounts of citric acid, B-complex vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, dietary fiber, potassium and phosphorus. Lemon becomes alkalizing when it is ingested, which helps neutralize uric acid. Lemon juice also stimulates the liver, which can further reduce the levels of uric acid in the body.
To use lemon juice as a natural remedy for high uric acid levels, simply squeeze half a lemon and add the juice to warm water every morning and after meals. To further alkalize the body, mix half a tablespoon of baking soda with two tablespoons of lemon juice and add it to a glass of water. Mix until it’s all dissolved, and make sure it’s not still fizzing or bubbling when you drink it. This concoction returns the body to perfectly balanced pH levels and kick-starts the detox process, reducing uric acid levels even more.