Yoga for reducing uric acid

(November 9, 2010)

My uric acid levels are high. What asanas would you recommend to reduce it?

The presence of a high level of uric acid in the body can be quite dangerous and if it is overlooked, it can lead to a painful condition known as gout. It is absolutely essential to control uric acid levels as soon as possible, with the help of a right diet, medication, as well as certain exercises in yoga for reducing uric acid. Several gout patients turn to yoga for ways to reduce uric acid levels in the body. Uric acid levels are always elevated with the higher consumption foods that are high in purines. Therefore, if you practice yoga for reducing purines, it will naturally result in a reduction of uric acid in the body. Yoga for oxidizing uric acid should be aimed at reducing the levels of uric acid in the body and therefore, must comprise various asanas (poses) that help to eliminate uric acid from the body more effectively.

Hence, one of the first steps of reducing the level of uric acid in the body, is by following a yogic diet, which includes natural foods like fresh vegetables, fruits, herbal tea, whole grain, homemade clear soup and a lot of water. After making the required dietary changes and a few other lifestyle alterations, it is advisable to try various poses in yoga for reducing uric acid levels in the body and at the same time alleviating the pain caused by the accumulation of the uric acid. Given below are some common yoga poses that can help to alleviate the pain caused by the buildup of uric acid in the kidneys:

• Ardha matsyendrasana (The Spinal Twist Pose)
• Bhujangasana (The Cobra Pose)
• Dhanurasana (The Bow Pose)
• Halasana (The Plow Pose)
• Hastashirasana (The Hand to Head Pose)
• Januhastasana (The Hand to Knee Pose)
• Makarasana (The Crocodile Pose)
• Pavan mukhtasana (The Wind Relieving Pose)
• Pranayama (Breathing technique)
• Tadasana (The Mountain Pose)
• Trikonasana (The Triangle Pose)
• Uttana Padasana (The Extended leg Pose)
• Veerasana (The Hero Pose)  
• Vriskshasana (The Tree Pose)

Several people are also interested in knowing more about Pilates for reducing uric acid, in the body. However, excessive exercising or performing the wrong kind of exercise can lead to abnormal levels of uric acid in the body. Therefore, before trying out any exercise or even practicing yoga for reducing uric acid, it is important to receive an approval from your healthcare practitioner.

Submitted by A on November 9, 2010 at 06:45

Yoga for reducing uric acid 

Diet plays a very important role in controlling uric acid in the body. Since uric acid is a by product due to the metabolism of purine rich foods, it is advisable to keep down the consumption of such foods that are high in purine content. In addition, to limiting foods high in urine content, protein and calcium must also be kept to a minimum. Baked and deep fried foods, meat products, organ meat such as kidneys and liver etc should be consumed as little as possible. In addition to diet, drinking plenty of water during the day also plays a crucial role in preventing excess production of uric acid.  

Yoga is highly effective in easing the discomfort associated with the buildup of uric acid in addition to hastening the cause of recovery. The yogasanas that are known to be beneficial in stimulating the kidneys as well relieving pain are dhannurasana, uttampadasana, halasana, pavanmuktasana, ardhmatsyendrasana and bhujangasana. These asanas are highly advocated as they help in stretching the muscles of the back and also improving the circulation of blood in the body especially to the vertebrae.

However take care to perform these asanas under the guidance of a qualified yoga instructor or a yoga therapist as the correct breathing technique must be coordinated with the movements in the asanas.

Submitted by C D on June 6, 2008 at 04:21

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