Food for Thought: On Oxalates

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I believe what you eat is an essential component of the self-healing process. For chronic joint pain, I work with patients to identify contributing causes, of which certain foods, improperly processed by a compromised digestive system, can be a culprit. Many of my savvy nutrition-conscious patients know about the inflammatory problems caused by sugar, gluten, soy, dairy, corn and nightshades. But my avid vegetable consumers get thrown off when I recommend decreasing exposure to high oxalate foods to help them get back in balance.

But I thought kale, chocolate and nuts were healthy superfoods?!

When Hawaiians pound taro to make poi, or Filipinos dry taro leaves out in the sun prior to simmering to make laing, or Indians boil then pulse or finely chop their spinach for saag paneer, they are breaking down the oxalates in these vegetables. Oxalic acid protects a plant from animal predation. Although humans have a way to detoxify oxalic acid, some of us may be better at processing oxalic acid than others. For those whose systems are overwhelmed, oxalic acid can make it's way into our connective tissue and bind to calcium to form painful crystals. We are most familiar with the role of oxalic acid in causing kidney stones. Other health issues that may be worsened by oxalic acid include: joint pain, autismvulvodynia (genital pain), interstitial cystitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and possibly even fibromyalgia. In practice, I wonder if it may play a role for a minority of patients with low back/sacral pain, uterine issues and hip pain.


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Foods high in oxalic acids include beet greens, beets, rhubarb, spinach, parsley, chives, purslane, cassava, chard, cocoa/chocolate, dandelion greens, kale, peanuts, okra, almonds, carrots, soy, sweet potatoes, black beans and even tumeric and ginger. If you eat some of the above foods often, you may want to familiarize yourself with lower oxalate foods and slowly (to lessen detox effects) incorporate these to help you get back in balance. Sometimes blanching, soaking or boiling can also decrease a food's oxalic acid content.

In other words, yes, you can have too much of a good thing! I offer patients specific and temporary dietary cautions as teaching tools for you to get to know and understand the effects of different foods on your body. Through this process, you can better discern what moderation looks like for you.


Healing is a process that leads in the direction of cure, toward greater health, vitality and balance. Authentic healing is almost always accompanied by change and growth of consciousness. Illness, therefore, is a synchronistic opportunity to embrace change that can lead to greater health and well being. All healing is, in essence, a sacred endeavor. - Dr. Larry Malerba from Green Medicine


A 39-year old female patient came to me for holistic approaches to improving her fertility. After trying to get pregnant for a number of months, her OB/GYN conducted hormone tests and she found that her Estradiol was 71 (normal is in the 40s) and her Anti-Mullerian Hormone (predictor of ovarian reserve) was 0.04 (normal is less than 9 or at least 1-3). Her thyroid tests and blood pressure had been consistently normal and there was no indication of PCOS or other conditions.

To improve and build on her relatively healthy regimen, I worked with her to discern approaches that minimize exposure to hormone disruptors, improve liver detoxification, and provide targeted organ support. She eliminated pesticides, soy and alcohol, and ate generous helpings of cooked cruciferous vegetables. She also began taking Standard Process supplements Ovatrophin PMG and Black Currant Seed Oil. In addition to other stress management techniques (chronic stress interrupts the creation of sex hormones in favor of supplying stress hormones), I recommended she "earth" or touch her bare feet to the ground a few times a week. 

Within a month of implementing the above, she called me to let me know she had a positive pregnancy test! 

As with all health promoting approaches, one size does not fit all. At Niu Health Chiropractic, you will receive personalized recommendations that will help you rebuild your resilience more effectively and efficiently. Rather than resorting to quick fixes or stimulatory medicines to help you feel better, we set a solid foundation for healing to help you FUNCTION better in the long term. 

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White Light Reiki Level 1: September 8, 2018
White Light Reiki Level 2: September 29, 2018
White Light Reiki Level 3: November 10, 2018
Karuna® Reiki Practitioner Levels 1 & 2: December 1-2 2018
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E mälama pono! 

Dr. Christine Teaño Lipat, DC
Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner
White Light/Karuna Reiki® Master
Niu Health Chiropractic
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