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Are You Suffering From Oxalate Overload?

What is oxalate overload? Good question! Oxalate comes from foods we ingest as well as chemical processes in the liver where we can actually make oxalate from scratch. Most people know about oxalates as kidney stones which form in your renal system and then cause considerable pain when excreted. But, not all oxalates follow this path out of the body. When particular metabolic processes are lacking in our body, a particular pathway called sulfation, a natural process of detoxification is disrupted. This happens when the gut is in dysbiosis, for instance there’s an inordinately large “load” of oxalates. When the body is not able to detoxify the load of oxalates expelling them from the body, it then dumps other essential nutrients and ends up stockpiling oxalates in your tissues. This can cause a host of symptoms:



Genital
Itching
Burning
Stinging
Stabbing pains
Paperlike cuts or splits
Red spots
Inflammation
White patches
Red or purple sores
clitoral/penile pain (constant or shooting)
Pain around vaginal opening
Pain on touching or pulling pubic hair
Painful sex
Deep pelvic pain, soreness, burning

Skin
Sensitive, any and everywhere
Sensitive scalp
Pain on tugging hair
Inability to tolerate topical commercial products (itching, burning, redness)
Easily sunburned, inability to tan
Flush easily

Rectal
Itching
Burning
Stinging
Redness
Bleeding from fine paperlike cuts

Urinary
Urgency
Frequency
Bladder burning
Urethral pain, especially on sitting or other pressure
Squeeze urine out in drops

Muscles, Tendons, Ligaments & Joints
Soreness, stiffness, weakness
Twitching and restlessness, especially in legs
Knee pain and instability

Digestion
Irritable Bowel
Constipation
Diarrhea
Alternating constipation and diarrhea
Frequent bowel movements



Miscellaneous
Burning, tingling numbness in the mouth, tongue, hands, feet
Cold hands and feet
Headaches
Lack of energy, tiredness
Excessive tooth tartar
Sensitive gums and teeth
Sensitivity to touch, light, sound
Popping jaws
Poor sleep

If you are suffering from more than a few of these symptoms, your body may have too large of a load of oxalates. Problem is, a 24 hour urine test may not be adequate to determine if you have an imbalance. You see the problem with oxalates is that you don’t always excrete them out of the body in feces or urine, they instead become lodged in your tissues like your joints, gut, genital area etc… and wreak havoc. Chances are your general practice doctor may not have a full understanding of this potential health issue or its’ underlying cause, sulfation. For this kind of diagnosis, you’ll need to see a medical practitioner like a Naturopathic Doctor or Integrative medicine specialist to assist you in your journey to health and wellness. Take a look at our list of foods highest in oxalate.

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