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Oxalates in our FOOD? SHEER TOXICITY or NOT? Kidney stones, autism, vulvodynia, gout, arthritis…

I just came across an article about Oxalates in our FOOD and how consuming green smoothies and green leafy veggies can be dangerous for your health and I wanted to deconstruct some myths around what high oxalates in our food can contribute to the development of kidney stones, autism, vulvodynia, gout, arthritis. So I did some light research. I welcome you to question and do the same… This what I found.

  1. “Eating foods high in oxalate is not the only way for oxalate to get high in cells and blood. Our bodies make oxalate on their own, especially when certain enzymes aren’t balanced in their activity because of genetic differences or because someone has deficiencies in enzyme cofactors like vitamin B6, magnesium or thiamine. Oxalate also can be generated in the body when someone is getting high doses of vitamin C or consuming high levels of fructose.”
  2. “It is nuts for anyone not already under medical advice to select this leafy green over that based on oxalic-acid content. Oh, and don’t eat several pounds of rhubarb leaves (which no one eats anyway) at one sitting.”
  3. “The body has antioxidant and other protections against oxalate which work when the body burden of oxalate is low and the antioxidant resources high. These systems may be overwhelmed by higher levels of oxalate in the body’s tissues, or when infection (frequent immunization?) overwhelms the body’s antioxidant systems. For this reason, as long as someone continues to consume a high oxalate diet when their gut is “leaky” or when they are sick, then, eventually, in time, the damage may begin to appear as some organs begin to be affected by a buildup of oxalate, or by the disruption of the mineral chemistry that oxalate may inflict.”
  4. “A probiotic formulation of a bacteria called oxalobacter formigenes is under development as a drug for patients with hyperoxaluria and related conditions, and it is currently in clinical trials, but may not be available until 2012 or 2013.”

SUMMARY: Consult a physician or holistic practitioner if you have any concerns with Oxylates and how it may be affecting your current health. Question everything…even your doc…and the things I am writing 🙂 you won’t know it unless you feel and see it for yourself!

Remember it’s all about BALANCE and being accountable for it by putting ourselves into a ‘Checks and Balance’ by:
1. Getting in some exercise
2. Drinking tons of good water and  eating a well-balanced plant-based diet
3. Experiencing healthy relationships
4. Enjoying what we do for work
5. Finding some time in your busy schedule to just “be” and connect with your inner self.  

Alcohol – It’s Effect on Your Body

I have as Wikipedia states…”Alcohol flush reaction (also known as Oriental flushing syndrome,[1] Asian flush syndromeAsian flushAsian glow, among others) is a condition in which an individual’s face and/or body experiences flushes or blotches as a result of an accumulation of acetaldehyde, a metabolic byproduct of the catabolic metabolism of alcohol. This syndrome has been associated with a high risk of esophageal cancer in those who drink.[2

Even though I turn beet red from drinking and have experienced many of my own debaucheries in the past…I do like to enjoy the taste of a dark beer or glass of wine…every now and then.

And because my days of heaving drinking and partying are long gone. I was curious to do a bit of research on the effects of alcohol on the body. One glass every other day has been said to be good for the heart but I discovered that overall alcohol (in the way most Americans consume it) will cause malnutrition.


Alcohol and Malnutrition

For moderate drinkers, alcohol does not suppress food intake, and may actually increase appetite.  Chronic alcohol consumption appears to have the opposite effect.  Alcohol causes euphoria, which depresses appetite, so that heavy drinkers tend to eat poorly and become malnourished.

Alcohol is very rich in energy and has 7 calories per gram.  But like pure sugar or fat, the calories are void of nutrients.  The more calories an individual consumes in alcohol, the less likely it is that they will eat enough food to obtain adequate nutrients.  To make matters worse, chronic alcohol abuse not only displaces calories from needed nutrients, but also interferes with the body’s metabolism of nutrients, leading to damage of the liver, digestive system, and nearly every bodily organ.

Health Effects of Alcohol Consumption

Arthritis  Increases risk of gouty arthritis
Cancer Increases the risk of cancer in the liver, pancreas, rectum, breast, mouth, pharynx, larynx and esophagus
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Causes physical and behavioral abnormalities in the fetus
Heart Disease Raises blood pressure, blood lipids and the risk of stroke and heart disease in heavy drinkers.  Heart disease is generally lower in light to moderate drinkers.
Hyperglycermia Raises blood glucose
Hypoglycemia Lowers blood glucose, especially for people with diabetes
Kidney Disease Enlarges the kidneys, alters hormone functions, and increases the risk of kidney failure
Liver Disease Causes fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis
Malnutrition Increases the risk of protein-energy malnutrition,; low intakes of protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, thiamine, vitamin B6 and riboflavin, and impaired absorption of calcium, phosphorus, vitamin D and zinc.
Nervous Disorders Causes neuropathy and dementia; impairs balance and memory
Obesity Increases energy intake, but not a primary cause of obesity
Psychological disturbances Causes depression, anxiety and insomnia
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