Water is often one of the most over-looked remedies. A person can live for a month without food and only a week without water, yet it’s something a lot of us don’t get enough of. The human body consists of around 60 percent water. Water is used in every cell, organ and function of the body, and without it, we begin to grow dehydrated, which can cause headache, fatigue and grumpiness. If dehydration is not remedied quickly, it can cause fainting, exhaustion, and even death.
The body loses water as it goes through everyday motions like breathing, sweating and digestion, and it’s imperative that we rehydrate these lost fluids through our food and drink intake. Water regulates body temperature, protects the spinal cord, aids digestion, enables us to perform at our physical peak, improves mood, memory, cognitive function and much more.
Water is an effective treatment for high uric acid levels because when the body is well-hydrated, uric acid crystals don’t form as easily. Water also helps flush out the uric acid that has collected in the body, diluting it to make it easier for the kidneys to filter it through and excrete it. Increasing your intake of water can also lead to a reduction in uric acid-related conditions, such as gout. Participants in a survey for the Boston University School of Medicine found that when they drank more than eight glasses of water a day, the occurrence of gout attacks reduced by almost 50 percent.
Make sure you drink eight or more glasses of water each day. Swap out soda drinks and juice for water instead, and carry a water bottle with you at all times. Water is also found in fresh fruits and vegetables, so including more of these in your diet will further increase fluid intake, reducing uric acid build-up and providing a huge range of health benefits.