October 14th, 2020
This video outlines the not so beneficial side of many so-called "health foods" or "superfoods" due to their high oxalate content as well as other antinutrients.
Here is a little background history of my experience with oxalates and plant foods, which is where these oxalates are found. I was a vegetarian for 2 years of my life from 2017 - 2019. The first year of this, I felt pretty good and lost a little over twenty pounds, but it was in the second year that I started to notice more body issues cropping up. My hair began feeling really coarse and falling out, my skin issues were coming back and getting worse than before, I had two big "infections" that required antibiotics (which I hadn't taken since I was a young child), one of my teeth died and I had to get it extracted, the pain in my joints began to increase, my migraines were coming back, and my anxiety began creeping up again too. It was after the extraction of my dead tooth where my health appeared to decline heavily. Why you may ask? Here is my theory on this experience...I was put on antibiotics for the "infection" in my tooth (since it was sitting dead and decaying in my mouth for a little while before I could get it pulled), which did quite a number on the microbiome in my gut and body, even though, I did supplement with huge amounts of probiotics while on the medication, which I was hesitant to even take in the first place. As a result, it opened up an opportunity for other stomach "infections" (when I put this in quotes, it is because it is just an imbalance in bacteria, not really a vector looking to infect and invade my body, but rather an overabundance of a certain bacteria) to flourish so this in turn led to me not being able to eat anything for well over a week, maybe two...so this decrease in oxalates consumed created an oxalate dumping opportunity for my body. This is also when I began switching to a paleo diet to see if that would assist in the healing of my body. Since I had many stored oxalates within my tissues, I went through absolute "you know what" for the next few months and am still going through the healing phase of this oxalate poisoning (from being vegetarian and constantly consuming oxalates, antinutrients, and carbohydrates) over almost two years later. It has been a real eye opening experience for me that is for sure. The "not doing harm to animals" turned into "doing harm" to my own body.
So if you are experiencing joint pain, skin issues, teeth issues, stomach issues, brain fog, pain, etc., it may be a good idea to look to the oxalates in your diet and then assess your needs and/or requirements from there.