Learning about oxalates can be a very eye opening experience!
Common high oxalate symptoms include:
- Pain (possibly anywhere) , urinary, genital (vulvadynia), joints, muscles, headaches,intestinal, eyes
- Weakness or low muscle tone
- Burning feet
- Gas and bloating
- Poor growth in children
- Frequent urination and/or urinary pain
- Cloudy urine, crystals in the urine, kidney stones
- Headaches, depression, anxiety, brain fog
- Restlessness, moodiness
- Thyroid problems
It’s important to keep in mind that symptoms of high oxalates can vary significantly from person to person, as they can affect mitochondria and every system of the body.
One of the main causes for an oxalate sensitivity is due to poor digestion. Unfortunately, now a days a very high percentage of people have leaky gut. Not only this, people with poor methylation and sulfation such as MTHFR, Autism, and autoimmune disorders are all more than likely to have an issue with oxalates.
Functional Diagnostic Nutrition states:
“Doctors don’t recognize this issue.
Unfortunately, the connection between common health complaints and high levels of oxalates is rarely recognized by doctors. Because of this, most people remain unaware of the root cause of their symptoms. This can lead to frustration for patients who are looking for symptom relief and cannot get proper diagnosis from their physician.
Some may decide to change their diet and lifestyle to help overcome their nagging health complaints. But this could make them feel even worse.”
Some of the healthiest, nutrient-dense foods are the highest in oxalates! The frustrating thing is that often times we think we are doing the right thing, and yet we could actually be causing our bodies more harm by eating those spinach salads and smoothies packed full of leafy greens.
Some of the foods with the highest levels of oxalates include; beets, sweet potatoes, spinach, swiss chard, citrus and almonds just to name a few.
Something else you may find interesting:
If oxalate levels become too high, the body will try to store them. What’s one their favorite places to go? The thyroid!
Functional Diagnostic Nutrition goes on to say:
“…a study of thyroid autopsies showed that oxalate crystals were found in the thyroids of 79% of adults. The older the patient, the more concentrated the crystals were in the thyroid. As the crystals grow in the thyroid they begin to cause a malfunction and ultimately lead to hypothyroidism.”
So what’s a person to do?
A diet low in oxalates and proper supplementation can dramatically improve your health and well-being. However, with that being said, NEVER, EVER, cut out oxalates all at once!
Because oxalates can crystallize in our body, they can trap bacteria, viruses, parasites and other pathogens. If you were to go from eating your average diet, to all of a sudden only eating foods that were low in oxalates, you could release a lot of those toxins and pathogens into your blood stream…and that – would not be a good thing!
If you would like to know more about this topic and how to improve your health, please contact me to set up a consultation!