Joint inflammation, digestive problems, skin rashes…Could you have oxalate sensitivity?

You have probably heard about the link between oxalates and kidney stones, but did you know that oxalate sensitivity can cause a range of other symptoms as well?

What are oxalates?

Oxalates are naturally occuring chemicals that can be found in many plant-based foods, including:

  • Fruits - like blueberries, figs, lemons, oranges and strawberries
  • Vegetables - like brussel sprouts, green beans, potato, spinach and sweet potato
  • Grains - specifically wheat-based products, like bread, cakes and pasta
  • Nuts, seeds and legumes - like almonds, cashews, peanuts and soybeans
  • Condiments - like black pepper, cinnamon, parsley, teas and soy sauce

The human body can also synthesize oxalic acid from Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid), which, when combined with calcium, iron, and other minerals can form oxalates.

Why do oxalates cause issues in some people?

Healthy digestive systems can break down oxalates so that they pass through the digestive tract unabsorbed. However, people with digestive issues, like leaky gut or poor gut flora, can be less able to effectively break down oxalates.

As a result, their body may store them (which may spark pain and inflammation in those sensitive to oxalates), or excrete them in the form of crystals (which can sometimes lead to kidney stones).

What are the symptoms of oxalate sensitivity?

Symptoms of oxalate sensitivity may include(1):

  • joint inflammation
  • fibromyalgia
  • digestive problems
  • skin rashes
  • behavioural issues (including anxiety, depression and bed wetting)
  • red, burning eyes
  • chronic candida

Manage oxalate sensitivity naturally

Reactions to oxalates can be managed naturally through diet, sometimes supplementation, and our natural allergy treatment.

1. While reducing the amount oxalates in your diet can help reduce the symptoms, it needs to be done slowly and under the guidance of a health practitioner, as there can be some temporary unpleasant symptoms, known as oxalate "dumping". Also, due to the number of foods oxalates are in, avoiding them long-term can become almost impossible.

2. As those with digestive issues have trouble breaking down and excreting oxalates normally, working to repair leaky gut and building a plentiful gut flora with herbs and supplements aims to improve how the body processes oxalates and manage symptoms in the long-term.

3. At HWA, we perform a natural allergy treatment called Positive Association Technique (PAT), which may help reduce your reaction to oxalate and help manage the symptoms.

PAT is a non-invasive holistic therapy, which:

  • draws on acupressure and kinesiology techniques
  • aims to re-train your body
  • may reduce your reactions to oxalates and other substances that may be causing or exacerbating your symptoms

This blog is intended as general information only. PAT cannot diagnose or cure allergies – it is intended to decrease reactions and help manage symptoms. It is not intended to raise unrealistic expectations. If symptoms persist, consult your GP.

(1) http://www.lovingourguts.com/what-are-oxalates-2/

Photo credit - https://cookwithkathy.wordpress.com/2016/06/18/oxalate-oxalic-acid-and-its-relation-with-nutrition-and-health/

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