The Damaging Effects of Oxalate Toxicity

The Hidden Dangers of a Green Smoothie

Confession: I used to think having a green smoothie was a great way to get nutrients, and using a blender to break the cell walls, was even better. Turns out, it doesn’t just release more nutrients, but it also releases the anti-nutrients, prompting an oxalate overload and creating toxicity in your body.  Many leafy greens, such as spinach and collard greens, are high in oxalates.  Oxalates are plant-based compounds that may promote kidney stone formation and inflammation when consumed in large amounts. 

Oxalates, an organic acid, is very tiny molecules that bind minerals, like calcium and form crystals. It is a natural substance found in many common food such as potatoes, spinach, nuts, seeds, peanuts, beets and tea. When present in human cells, in high amounts, it can lead to oxidative stress and/or damage, causing a depletion of glutathione, and other essential minerals, the igniting of the immune system’s inflammatory cascade, and the formation of crystals. Oxalic acid in the diet depresses the function of adrenal and thyroid glands, and could induce hypothyroidism or exacerbate conditions. A common symptom of eating a high oxalate diet is reoccurring kidney stones. Oxalates are toxic to the kidney cells, which is designed to handle and excrete calcium oxalate crystals. Damage also includes free radicals, membrane damage and produce a set up for progressive damage and overt disease which happens just hours after eating whole grains, nut bars, or nut snacks, sweet potatoes, french fries, bean burritos or a green smoothie. Your kidneys become angry and the liver doesn’t like it. It can also affect the nervous system, your joints and bones.

Oxalates are stored throughout the body thus compromising the immune system. This is a vicious cycle, the more, high oxalate plant foods you eat, the less you can tolerate them and the sicker you will become. Your glandular and hormonal health may also have a connection with consuming too many oxalate rich foods if you have problems with your thyroid, libdo, blood sugar, energy. You could be poisoning your glands with these endocrine disruptors.

A reduction of dietary oxalate may trigger dumping by lowering the amount of oxalate in the bloodstream. The reduced oxalate levels in the blood triggers the release of oxalate from tissues. Dumping is a good thing. It indicates that you have stored oxalates that may be a factor in your symptoms. There are a wide range of both physical and/or mental dumping symptoms that commonly occur when reducing oxalate.

WARNING: It is recommended that you do both, reduce dietary oxalate and introduce supplements gradually, so that you can keep the dumping at a manageable pace, as oxalate drives pain and inflammation. A slower reduction means less intense symptoms.

Some oxalate symptoms are listed below. It’s possible some of these symptoms may increase, as you start reducing dietary oxalate, due to the greater amount of oxalate being excreted.

  • Bloated stomach
  • Stomach pain/nausea
  • Diarrhea / Constipation / alternating diarrhea and constipation
  • IBD
  • Cloudy urine
  • IC
  • Bladder pain
  • Kidney pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Gallbladder pain
  • Vulvadnyia
  • Frequent urination
  • Chronic UTI’s
  • Kidney stones
  • Insomnia
  • Heart palpitations
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Burning tongue / mouth
  • Sinus issues
  • Headache
  • Odd sensations (fullness) / plugged ears
  • Vertigo/dizziness
  • Tinnitus
  • Fluctuations in hearing
  • Burning / red / gritty / crusty eyes
  • Burning feet/ skin
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle twitching
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Back / neck pain
  • Body ache
  • Body rashes
  • Psoriasis flares
  • Cold sores
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Panic attacks
  • Brain fog
  • Depression

Final Thoughts on Green Smoothies…

Unfortunately, green smoothies are not quite as healthy as we have been led to believe, due to their thallium, goitrogen, and oxalate content. 

Rather than relying on green smoothies as a primary source of vegetables, I recommend eating veggies in their whole-food form and cooking cruciferous vegetables to lower their goitrogen content. If you are not ready to forgo green smoothies entirely, choose organic vegetables, which may be lower in heavy metals; rotate your greens so that you are regularly including low-oxalate options.

If you believe that you may be dealing with oxalate toxicity, it may be time to reconsider regularly drinking green smoothies. Click the Subscribe button below to gain access to verified oxalate content, per serving size. A complete list of foods to avoid and keep your health.

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Support your immune system with nutrition

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Here we are in the midst of a pandemic,
and life as we know it has changed in a blink of an eye.

You have options within your control to improve your immune function,
As quality nutrition is paramount for optimal health!

The current crisis has many of us thinking about boosting the immune system.

With so much information out there, we’re all just looking for recommendations in a steady stream of hysteria. In my opinion, this virus may not be going anywhere-anytime soon.  I believe it’ll be around for a while, or at least until most of us have been exposed,  And you’ll want to make sure you’re wearing your best body armor.

What is the immune system?

The immune system is a specialized network of cells, nodes, tissues, and organs that work together to defend us against diseases and infection. When fully optimized, the immune systems prevent infections, destroy viruses and balance good/bad bacteria levels without us ever giving this process a second thought. In fact, we usually think about the immune system only after we become ill.

Eating healthy is your first line of defense and a critical step to ward off illness. Adding a few essential minerals to your daily routine will also help you maintain optimal wellness and boost immunity. The first law of nutrition is eating nutrient dense food. The the old adage, “you are what you eat,” may have truth behind it after all. Eating nourishing foods, rich in certain vitamins, can help your immune system fight off illness and are the tools your body relies on to build new tissue and fight disease. 

Along with nutrition, you need to hydrate with a clean source of water. As the body is made up of 70-80% water, it constantly needs clean water to prevent disease and illness. Water helps your body produce lymph, which carries white blood cells and other immune system cells.

A key factor of nutrition is getting the proper vitamins and minerals, which sometimes requires supplementation, as most people don’t eat enough quality foods, and thus may lack important vitamins and minerals that allow your body to function and repair. Such as zinc, magnesium and Vitamin C & D. While vitamins and supplements can help fill in the gaps in your diet, the best way to load up on essential nutrients is to get them straight from food.

Common mistakes that may burden the immune system:
  • Dehydration 
  • Lack of sleep
  • Chronic high intensity workouts with insufficient recovery
  • Consuming alcohol
  • Excess of refined carbohydrates
  • Unresolved stress 
  • Environmental factors: contamination, radiation, artificial fragrance, products laden with chemicals
  • Remaining sedentary for a  long period of time 
  • Not getting adequate sun exposure, (without getting sun burn) 
  • Processed foods and food like products 
  • Consuming meat with hormones or antibiotics

Now, let’s talk about zinc. Zinc is a very important mineral that is essential for good health and supports the immune system function. It’s role is maintaining and supporting your immune system by metabolizing nutrients and repairs body tissue. Although severe zinc deficiency is rare, mild-to-moderate zinc deficiency is quite common throughout the world.


People can become deficient in zinc due to the anti nutrients in foods, such as grains. Grains will block the body from absorbing zinc when zinc containing foods are consumed with grains. For an example, eating seafood with corn chips will block the absorption of zinc from oysters due to the anti nutrients in the grains. This may also cause an increase of inflammation. 

Food sources that contain zinc include:

  • Red meat
  • Oysters
  • Legumes
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Eggs
  • Dark chocolate
  • Some vegetables

Talk with your healthcare provider if you’re thinking about taking dietary supplements.

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