Oxalate Dumping: What Do We Know?

Tossing fresh spinach in a red pot.By now, you know about oxalate: a plant compound that binds to minerals like calcium and magnesium and forms crystals. These crystals accumulate in the joint, kidney, prostate, bladder, thyroid, synovial fluid and other tissues causing pain, inflammation and damage. Oxalate crystals have been linked to problems such as kidney stones and arthritis. Many people who are experimenting with carnivorous foods are doing so to at least partially eliminate or reduce oxalate from their diet.

You can read about oxalate, tell yourself “I have some of these problems,” and start eliminating or reducing the oxalate content in your diet by eating fewer (or zero) spinach, sweet potatoes, raspberries, beets, and other high-oxalate foods. Please. . But then something happened:

Get joint pain. You will get tired. Plaque begins to form on your teeth. You feel stiff and in pain and feel less mobile overall. Urination and defecation are painful, even “granular”.

Everything was supposed to be fine. Avoiding these symptoms was supposed to improve oxalate. What’s going on

Do you feel “oxalate dumping”?

According to the conventional alternative oxalate knowledge, you are dumping oxalate. You stop eating oxalate and your body responds by “dumping” all the accumulated oxalate over the years. And since oxalate was stored throughout your body, all your tissues are exposing them, triggering all sorts of oxalate-related symptoms. The biggest proponents of the oxalate dumping concept say that the dumping process can even be dangerous to your health and can last for months or even years.

To combat oxalate dumping, they say you need to gradually reduce your oxalate intake instead of completely eliminating cold-turkey. Eating small to moderate amounts of oxalate-rich foods is thought to reduce your oxalates, slowing down the dumping process, and over time you will be able to remove oxalates safely and comfortably.

Oxalate dumping has always stunned me, if I am honest. It’s not intuitive. Why does the body immediately start “dumping” oxalate because you stop eating any of its external sources? Why does it stop dumping oxalate when you start eating more of it? What is the process here?

I’m not saying it’s a myth. There are ample anecdotes from generally trusted people who say that going on a low oxalate diet causes them to start experiencing symptoms of oxalate discharge:

  • The oxalate appears on the teeth as a crystal blade.
  • Oxalate crystals appear in joints and feet.
  • Oxalate crystals spread through various orifices in the body.

You can see lots of anti-oxalate Instagram accounts with some photographic evidence of this oxalate crystal that people are apparently dumping. Sally Norton is one. I can’t verify if these are correct, but I also can’t say that they are all wrong or confused.

I put a lot of emphasis on the anecdote. After all, what you feel and can personally verify is a “story”. There is real value. We go through the world using our own “story” as a guide.

You get enough anecdotes together and an outside analysis and record them and you get some data to yourself. But qualitatively nothing Changed Between creating the anecdote and its verification. This is as true as ever. It was information before; It was not recognized as such.

But the lack of elegance of the oxalate dump theory bothers me. I need to know why this is happening (if this is really happening). And although I don’t have a definite answer, I do have some ideas for other things that could make the problem worse.

You are probably making more oxalate.

Not all oxalates come from external sources. Large amounts of oxalate production – according to some sources, most of the oxalates we encounter – occur in the liver and many nutrients and physiological conditions help determine how much oxalate we make (or do not). After all, when someone removes oxalate from their diet, many other things change as well. They eventually eat more of something else, or change their diet completely. Often they are carnivorous and completely eliminate food groups. All of this and more can affect the rate of endogenous oxalate synthesis.

Thiamine deficiency

Thiamine, or vitamin B1, is an important nutrient for oxalate metabolism. Without adequate thiamine, we deal with toxin glycol and get into trouble. If we do not get enough glycol metabolism, most of it turns into oxalate.

Many foods are low in thiamine. Carnivores who exclusively eat beef, even grass-fed organic beef, and ignore all other animal foods have lost two of the best thiamine sources: pork and salmon.

Many common inputs lower thiamine — or, more precisely, lower thiamine like caffeine and alcohol.

If any of these seem familiar, thiamine oxalate may be a good supplement for anyone suffering from dumping symptoms.

Magnesium deficiency

Magnesium chloride has been shown to reduce urinary oxalate in at least two ways: oxalate reduces endothelial formation and inhibits intestinal absorption. All in all, it will reduce the overall oxalate load of the body.

Taking some magnesium chloride in your water, taking a magnesium chloride bath and / or applying magnesium chloride oil to your skin is probably a good idea for anyone worried about oxalate dumping. Worst of all it doesn’t hurt and will probably help you in other cases, since magnesium is an important mineral.

Increased oxidative stress and decreased glutathione

Decreasing the glutathione store in the experimental setting increases the glycemic levels and thus the oxalate levels. Simply put, without adequate glutathione, you will not be able to cope with the oxidative stress that produces glycol. Adequate glycol hangs around and a bunch of it turns into oxalate.

Oxidative stress is of course everywhere. The sleep we don’t get, the circadian rhythms we don’t respect, the exercises we don’t do, the excessive exercises we do, the polyphenols we don’t take. So take care of them and reduce the amount of oxalate you make at home.

Excess fat intake increases oxalate absorption

Fat malabsorption tends to cause calcium saponification in the digestive tract, preventing it from binding to dietary oxalate and increasing oxalate absorption from food. If you suddenly increase your fat intake to extremes without adaptation, you may have problems digesting everything and create a “fat malabsorption” condition in your gut that exposes you to increased oxalate absorption or “oxalate sensitivity”. Gives.

This is of course only conjecture, but it is reasonable. If you eat less oxalate, but if what you eat becomes much better at absorption, it can lead to higher net absorption.

I would like to go to the bottom of this problem, but there is no specific research on oxalate dumping. There’s definitely something going on here, and I hope we get more data (or at least) Any Data) coming soon.

Until then, try the things I recommend, in addition to the general advice to slow down rather than quickly reduce oxalate intake.

Take care, everyone, and be sure to let me know your experience with oxalate and oxalate dumping below.


About the author

Mark Season is the founder of the Marx Daily Apple, the godfather of the early food and lifestyle movement and New York Times Its bestselling author Keto Reset Diet. His latest book Cato for life, Where he discusses how he integrates the Keto Diet with his early lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Author of many more books, including Mark Early blueprintWhich was credited with turbocharging in 2009 to boost the early / paleo movement. After three decades of research and education on why food is a key ingredient for achieving and maintaining optimal well-being, Mark started Primal Kitchen, a real-food company. Which makes Primal / Paleo, Keto and Hole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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