Green Drinks? The Basic's about Oxalates

A fresh juice per day, will keep the nasties at bay —Sistahintheraw

It's Day 1 of Sistahintheraw's Juice Club, which I set up because I totally believe in the energising and healing benefits that fresh green juices have to offer. I have experienced this first hand, for myself over the years and I have witnessed the healing results as a student while studying at The Hippocrates Health Institute. 

However, I am also aware that not every so-called healthy food or drink is suitable for everyone, especially depending on the quality of your health and accompanying mental state at any particular juncture in your life. This can also include some plant-based raw foods and green drinks. The theory around bio-individuality can be important here in helping to determine a person's specific, individual nutritional and physiological needs. In any case, 'too much' of almost anything can be a not such a good thing for many people.  

Oxalic Acid basics:
Like enzyme inhibitors, plants produce oxalates because they don’t want to be eaten alive by insects! While these molecules can cause health issues for humans, it actually tears up the teeth of insects which try to eat high oxalate foods. These anti-nutrients serve to protect a plant food, but can also be problematic once we consume them; however some of them may even help to protect us from disease. Oxalic acid is present in various plant foods, depending on the area where they are grown.

An Oxalate is a molecule which, under certain circumstances, links up with calcium and crystalizes. Oxalates can interfere with or decrease calcium absorption. When too much oxalates  crystalize in human tissue, it can create arthritis-like symptoms and even kidney stones. It is important to eat a low oxalate diet if you suffer from conditions such as kidney stones or kidney conditions, have leaky gut, inflammatory issues like asthma, arthritis or fibromyalgia, have taken antibiotics frequently or for long periods of time, have some food sensitivities/allergies, have fat mal-digestion, or have had part of your intestine removed. A food is considered high in oxalates when it has more than 10mg of the compound per serving.

Oxalates include some leafy greens, berries, fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C, some nuts and seeds, coffee, tea and chocolate. Although not a major concern for everyone, it is still important to rotate your green veggies, have a wonderful variety of foods in your diet and not be too focused in any one thing.

Some of the plant-based foods high in oxalate include for example: spinach, green beans, rhubarb, kidney beans, soy, sweet potatoes, strawberries, raspberries, tangerines and kiwis. You can find lots of food guides and lists about oxalates on the internet. 
Unless you are prone to any of the conditions mentioned above, you would otherwise do well to maintain eating a widely varied and balanced plant-based diet. 

You can still have your green drink just change to a low oxalate veggie's IF you have a problem with oxalates. 

If in any doubt about your health in relations to green drinks, please consult with your nutritional health advisor and or your doctor.

Studies:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24531910
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24499152
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19021580
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24134011
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/50/4/830.abstract

 

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