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.
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:
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.
• 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)
There may be a lifestyle factor that may explain why it is mostly men who contract gout. This is caused by excess uric acid that gets deposited in the joints. Interestingly, uric acid levels are higher for people who drink too much alcohol, as it interferes with the process of getting rid of excess uric acid.
Whatever the case may be, arthritis appears to be correlated with poor bone and muscle health, disproportionate body weight, and unhealthy lifestyle.
With Yoga, these aspects of a person’s physique and life can be greatly enhanced. Yoga Poses can help strengthen your joints which is crucial in preventing and dealing with arthritis. It makes your joints function normally, thus reducing the risk of stiffness. With its virtue of balance, Yoga practice helps regulate the levels of uric acid in the body. Obesity may also be avoided through the practice. More importantly, Yoga can lead to an overall healthier lifestyle that can enhance your resistance not only from arthritis but to other sicknesses as well.
Here are the basic Asanas which can help you in dealing with Arthritis: