Carbonated drinks have long been a part of our diet as healthy drinks. Several studies conducted in recent years have shown their ill effects on our overall health. People are realizing the ill effects of carbonated drinks. Soft drinks have been associated with health concerns like obesity, worsening dental health, weakening of bones, calcium depletion, etc. It may be a factor responsible for the elevated levels of uric acid in the blood stream. Elevated levels may also lead to deposition of uric acid crystals in joints, tendons and surrounding tissues. Increased levels are often caused due to over consumption of foods high in fructose especially high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). HFCS are used now-a-days in carbonated soft drinks due to lower costs.
Uric acid is one of the components of blood serum which is formed when body breaks down waste products called as purines. It is dissolved in blood, passes though the kidney and into the urine to maintain safe levels. In certain health conditions these levels are so high that crystals are formed. Crystal formation is often due to hyperuricemia. The medical condition called as gout may occur when uric acid crystals in the form of monosodium urate are formed. High levels of uric acid crystals are often due to protein rich foods. There can be inflammation of joints when uric acid crystals are deposited in joints, joint linings and other tissues. Acid forming foods like carbonated soft drinks, fizzy drinks, artificial sweeteners, flour, beer, pasta, rabbit, semolina, etc are among the factor leading to such a situation.
High levels of uric acid may lead to the condition called as gout but it is not necessary that crystals are always formed in gout. The high purine animal flesh foods including beef, seafood, etc are factors that lead to the increased risk of gout. Sugary soft drinks with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) may also lead to hyperuricema as well as gout. While you may avoid soft drinks that contain HFCS and consume diet drinks that contain artificial sweeteners, even some of these may be a cause of elevated uric acid levels. Carbonated drinks are comparatively acidic in nature and often contain high amount of HFCS. These are mainly the leading causes of uric acid crystals that may lead to gout or hyperuricemia. Avoiding carbonated drinks would help eliminate a factor causing uric acid crystals. Beer was seen as a cause as brewers’ yeasts are rich in purine. Now-a-days, the amount of yeast used has been reduced and the effects of yeast and in turn the effect of beer on uric acid levels needs to be studied.
Some of the symptoms of elevated uric acid levels are fever, fatigue, chills, inflammation of joint, etc. If you are experiencing them, then in such cases you should visit your doctor or health care provider. They would be able to advice you the appropriate medication after analysis of your foods and medications. Timely treatment is necessary to limit the deposition of crystals in joints. Heat therapy may be highly effect as crystals may dissolve easily at higher temperatures. Acute and chronic gout may be effectively cured with heat therapy. You may find hot pads and hot baths useful to cure uric acid crystals formed in joints.