When I stumble upon a good article about oxalates, I want to share it with you. I think that as people start learning about oxalates, they will be searching for information and I’d love to help you find good articles and help. I like to research and lately I have been consumed with trying to learn about oxalates.
I spoke with a friend recently who has been in pain and despite various tests run by a few different doctors, nothing has been found to be “wrong” with her. I asked about what she had been eating and wouldn’t you know, she’s been consuming high oxalate foods at breakfast, lunch and dinner!
If you are suffering from various symptoms and your test results come back normal, you might want to take a look at what you are eating and drinking every day.
I found this article and think it has some good info, check it out…
Signs of oxalate overload
What do leafy greens like kale and spinach, almonds, sweet potatoes and quinoa have in common? All of these foods contain high amounts of a substance that can drive up pain and cause other metabolic imbalances.
While most people are completely unaware of this substance, these healthy foods can be a problem for an increasing percentage of people. I know it’s hard to believe, but even “super foods” like chia seeds, legumes, beets, and citrus can actually be driving up pain and inflammation.
What all of these foods have in common is that they are very high in a type of molecule called oxalate.
~ Over the next few months I will be posting some of the different foods and naturally occurring substances that can cause problems for people. This month I am focusing on oxalate.
What is an Oxalate?
Oxalate is a molecule. It links up with calcium and crystallizes under some conditions, including when it encounters damaged tissues. The crystals formed this way can be quite irritating and painful to tissues where they cause or increase inflammation. These crystals can be especially painful if they lodge themselves in places where they get in the way of the movement of other things through tight places.
Some examples of how oxalate’s drive up pain are the formation of kidney stones. When oxalic acid combines with calcium and iron it forms crystals. These oxalate crystals are then excreted in urine as minute crystals. Oxalates can form larger kidney stones that can obstruct the kidney tubules. An estimated 80% of kidney stones are formed from calcium oxalate. Those with kidney disorders, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, or certain forms of chronic vulvar pain (vulvodynia) are typically advised to avoid foods high in oxalic acid.
Besides oxalates, histamines are another culprit causing various health troubles. You may want to look into histamines to see if you recognize any symptoms of high histamine levels.
My Low Oxalate cookbook is due out next fall, pre-order here!