Sunday, December 13. Menu, uric acid level reading, step count, supplement test, and drinking list. No Ferengi!
My daughter asked where we would go today, the minute she woke up.
"Today we will go to the future", I said.
"How will we ger there?" she asked, somewhat incredulous.
"One minute at the time" I answered.
Breakfast: Vegetable soup with a "gammo" tofuburger, and a bagel with cream cheese and Blue Moose cheese spread.
Lunch: Fried onion and potatoes. Chilli spice, it is easy to take too much. My kids did not want to eat it... And my wife opened the expired emergency rations the kids got from school. It tasted so awful that the kids did not want it. And not because it was expired. It was so sweet that my son complained, which is a first. So I took it and added spicy curry that nobody wanted to eat because it was too spicy, and some onion and riced cauliflower (the same thing his physician used to mix in the mashed potatoes of president Trump), and it tasted much better. Sweet and spicy go great together, as anyone who have seen a Thai condimemts stand will understand.
Snack: Potato chips (haven't had that for 6 months, but it should not affect my UA readings).
Dinner: The family had a stew made by interlacing thin pieces of meat between leaves of Chinese cabbage. I had lhe cabbage, and the soup. Clementines for dessert.
Todays supplements and dosage: One sachet of aojiru in a smoothie. My wife also put in some ginger, which is supposed to be antiinflammatory. Not that I am inflamed now, as I do not have a gout attack. You can read more about how it works here.
Todays UA reading: 7.8 mg/dL. The combination of bacon and drinking less is noticeable. Water is really important to keep your uric acid level down. One of these days I will check how much dehydration affects uric acid level, but since I want to repeat the trial over a few separate days, I need UASure to send me those test strips first...
Todays step count: 7872 steps.
How much did I drink today?: Water 2 liter, coffee 1 liter, green tea 1 liter.
The question about correlation between the volume you drink and the concentration of uric acid in the blood made me wonder if I should start checking the amount of urine and faeces. While toilets that actually do analyze your urine to check your health has been available in Japan since the 1980's, we do not have one and it is a lot if bother to weigh pee and poop. And the only correlation between the color of your urine and your health is whether you eat beetroots or something else that colors your urine; and whether you drink a lot of water (which makes the color weak). If you have blood in your urine however you are really sick and should see a doctor.
So while color is irrelevant, the smell is another matter. Diabetics famously have sweet-smelling urine, which is because they can not break down sugar properly. In some cultures, smelling the urine is used for disease diagnostics, and this definitely works - although you may have to be a dog to determine what you are smelling.
Neither smell nor color (uric acid is colorless and odorless) is any evidence of the only change in the condition of your urine which matters for gout sufferers (apart from the volume): The acidity, or pH, of the urine. It matters because uric acid is, well, an acid. I wrote more about it in an article on the main site. It would be a bit complicated to explain what happens when chemicals dissolve in a fluid, but it is not like when you whisk sand into a glass.
The level of acidity is determined by the concentration of hydrogen atoms in the solution - usually abbreviated pH. But more importantly, urine is about the only bodily fluid whose pH you can affect. A alkaline (or basic) fluid makes it easier for an acid to dissolve, which means uric acid dissolves more easily the more alkaline the urine is. And you can affect this by eating a vevegetable diet. The more vegetables, the more alkaline. You can read more in the linked article.