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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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Have you ever wondered about why so many people are talking about essential oils? Do you want to know why I've been using essential oils for over 30 years and why they form part of my first aid kit and home protection protocol?

I have been using natural essential oils for headaches, skin care, for balancing emotions, inflammation, in recipes, household cleaning and digestive distress. From topical to internal use, my total confidence in the ability of essential to support my family's and my healthy lifestyle is based on the fact that the purist quality of oil, enables a wide range of applications within common safety protocols.

Do you enjoy the scent of a natures blooms, like lavender and roses? Then you’ve experienced the beautiful naturally occurring aromatic qualities of essential oils. These natural aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants and give plants their distinctive smells, essential oils protect plants and play a role in plant pollination.

In addition to their benefits to plants themselves and their often gorgeous fragrance, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and in health-care practices. 

Have you ever experienced the bliss and relief of a aromatherapy massage with essential oils, or the wonderful glow that comes from knowing that your skin is benefitting from a toxic-free skincare range? Plus essential oils can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. I love the way you work with essential oils to support your wellness journey too, from relaxation to fasting.

You can be use as single essential oil, or in essential oil blends depending on user experience and desired benefit. Want to learn how to use essential oils? Watch out for introduction pdf on how to use essential oils safely, it's coming your way soon. 

I only use doTERRA now, because they offer a high quality, pure and natural, therapeutic grade oils, which are very safe to use. Plus I love some the made-for-you 'blends' (made up from several different oils) they offer. You can order your oils from my site here.

My Top Five Essential Oils

1. Frankincense oil - Often called the “king of oils, ” Frankincense promotes feelings of peace and overall wellness when used aromatically, while topical and internal uses can provide modern health benefits. In addition to its notoriety in the New Testament, the Babylonians and Assyrians would burn Frankincense in religious ceremonies and the ancient Egyptians used Frankincense resin for everything from perfume to salves for soothing skin. Combine it with a carrier oil, or put a couple of drops in your body lotion container and apply to your skin.

2. Melaleuca (Tea Tree) oil - Melaleuca, or Tea Tree oil, is best known for its purifying qualities.
I use this oil topically on the skin for first aid purposes and for adding a few drops to a basin of water when cleaning for it's protective qualities.

3. Oregano oil - Known as a popular cooking spice, Oregano also acts as a powerful cleansing agent, and offers powerful antioxidants. This is one of the oils I love to use in my raw food dishes.

4. Lavender oil - My all time favourite essential oil.  It's versatile uses, include calming and relaxing properties that promote peaceful sleep and ease feelings of tension. Apparently, the Egyptians and Romans used Lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as a perfume. I often lavender oil to my bath water to soak away stress or apply it to my temples and the back of my neck.

5. Peppermint Oil - I love this essential oil for it's high menthol quality. Peppermint oil can promote healthy respiratory function, through diffusion and inhalation. It's also great for your oral hygiene to, as well tasting great by adding just one drop (only) to flavoured water.

I do of course use other essential oils too, and my favourite doTERRA blends include: DigestZen, Breathe, OnGuard, InTune and Immortelle...more about all of that later!

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WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR E-ZINE OR WEB SITE?
You can, as long as you include this complete statement with it: Anita McKenzie, is a Raw Soul Food and Holistic Health Lifestyle Mentor, she is founder of the brand "Sistahintheraw" and "Raw Soul Food" and a leading authority on Raw Food Life Success. If you're ready to jump-start your life, make healthier choices, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Sistahintheraw now at: www.sistahintheraw.com


Medical Disclaimer
Sistahintheraw.com provides information on this website as an educational service. The information and reference guides in this website are intended solely for the general information for the reader. The contents of this web site are not intended to offer personal medical advice, diagnose health problems or for treatment purposes. It is not a substitute for medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. Please consult your health care provider for any advice on medications.