Wednesday, April 21. A beautiful day outside the home office window. And no gout even with high uric acid.
Low sodium really does keep the blood pressure down. But once you increase sodium even a little, it takes quite a while to get back. And how is this relevant for gout? Because high blood pressure damages the fine capillaries in the kidneys where uric acid is released into the urine, and this means you retain even more of it in your blood. So it has to get sequestered in your cartilage, where a release of the uric acid crystals can lead to a gout attack. Plus it is a sign of bad circulation (since your heart has to work harder to pump the blood everywhere) and that means even more risk for the formation of uric acid crystals. I wrote about that specific aspect here.
Todays weather and temperature: Almost 20 degrees centigrades, sunny and quite warm.
Current stress level (scale from 1 (low) to 5 (high)): 4
Breakfast: Sandwiches with cheese and strawberry jam.
Lunch: Vegetable curry with tofu and leftover fried rice (it worked fine from a taste perspective, but has me worried about purines - there was a lot in the fried rice).
Snack: Some nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, I think I saw a pecan there too).
Dinner: Kimchi chige (Korean soup with tofu)
Todays supplements and dosage: 6 fish oil capsules
Todays UA reading (before breakfast): 8.0 mg/dL. It was a stupid idea to eat that fish.
Todays step count (total at bedtime): 12404 steps
How much did I drink today?: Coffee 1.5 liter, tea 1.5 liter, water 1.5 liter.
This weeks weight: 118.2 kg
Waist circumference: 116 cm
Heart rate before beadtime (read more here to see why it matters): 93
Blood pressure before bedtime (read more here to see why it matters): 138/105 mmHg
How many times did I go to the toilet today? #1 9 times, #2 3 times.
My urine pH this morning (for why this matters, read more here): 6
Was my urine strange in any way? No
How many minutes did I use the Sixpad Foot Fit Plus? 20, lots of desk time and somewhat itchy feet today (so I needed to increase the circulation).