In his new book, Drop Acid, board-certified neurologist and six-time New York Times bestselling author, Dr. David Perlmutter delivers a compelling look at uric acid. Having reviewed over 400, peer-reviewed, high quality scientific studies, Perlmutter extracts what we really need to know about managing our uric acid levels day to day and convinces us of just how key this metric can be for our overall health.
In our interview below, Dr. Perlmutter shares a few key takeaways from the book. Like most wellness proponents we admire, he urges readers to adjust their perspective on healthcare, prioritizing personal lifestyle adjustments over medical finger-crossing:
“We live in a world where the messaging seems to be that when we develop a threatening health situation, there will be a medical fix readily available. Unfortunately, that mentality is deeply flawed. Each of us holds the cards that can determine our health destiny and we should feel empowered by that. Controlling our uric acid levels offers us another powerful tool to accomplish this goal.”
Enter to win Dr. Perlmutter’s VIP gift from the book launch — including a signed copy of Drop Acid, plus uric acid monitor and bookmark. Details below…
Congratulations on the new book, Dr. Perlmutter. What’s the core message you want people to understand in the book and because of this new research? The biggest threats to human health, globally, are diseases that result from abnormal metabolism.
Yes, exercise, diet and other lifestyle choices are important in terms of keeping our metabolism in check. But, controlling our uric acid levels offers us a powerful new tool for regaining metabolic health. Frequently overlooked as a “waste product” of metabolism, high levels of uric acid actually threatens so many aspects of our healthYou mention that managing uric acid levels is now proven to be key in managing our overall health. Who should be especially interested in this? Uric acid, when elevated, has now been shown to threaten health in virtually everyone, young and old, male or female. And those with chronic conditions like high blood pressure,
elevated blood sugar, overweight or obesity, coronary heart disease, and even
dementia are especially at risk to the health threats brought on by uric acid elevation. Let’s talk about tart cherry juice. Why is tart cherry so helpful in managing uric acid levels? Why cherries and not pomegranate or other red fruits? Tart cherry juice, specifically, has been recommended to lower uric acid for at least two decades, and with good reason. There is excellent scientific data that shows its effectiveness.
Tart cherries contain bioflavonoids that target an important enzyme that makes uric acid in the body.
What are the top 5 lifestyle of dietary habits people should takeaway from the book? For regaining metabolic health:
+ Measure: Get into the habit of either measuring your uric acid regularly, or have your healthcare practitioner make this happen for you.
+ Reduce, dramatically, fructose consumption.
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+ Consider time-restricted eating.
+ Add quercitin, a dietary supplement, 500mg daily.
+ Consider a wearable device to help you learn more about the quality and quantity of your sleep.
What’s one of your favorite facts or takeaways from the book? Our hard-core audience will read it cover to cover, but why should skeptics be interested in this topic? Drop Acid was written based on my review of over 400, peer-reviewed, high quality scientific studies. Much of the world has been aware of the central role of uric acid elevation in metabolic mayhem for many years. It’s time that everyone gains the advantage of this knowledge.
There is a rumor that green bean juice can fight uric acid? True? Green been juice is not on the top of the list in terms of helping lower uric acid. The most effective vegetable is probably red onion!
Is there anything else you’d like to share that we’ve left out? We live in a world where the messaging seems to be that when we develop a threatening health situation, there will be a medical fix readily available. Unfortunately, that mentality is deeply flawed. Each of us holds the cards that can determine our health destiny and we should feel empowered by that. Controlling our uric acid levels offers us another powerful tool to accomplish this goal.
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