In my literature search I came across several things that oxalates will do.
- Obviously oxalates bind to calcium and magnesium, causing deficiencies of those minerals.
- They crystallize in your body just like uric acid crystals. So you'll see a dump phase once these crystals are dissolved.
- I have seen no clear explaination for the connection between uric acid and oxalates, but the data suggests there is correlation. Uric acid is known to change slowly, and it will take a few months to see significant changes. I do have high uric acid, so...
- Someone with a leaky gut (which I had or have) will have increased oxalate intake, and oxalates can cause leaky gut. This vicous cycle takes time to break.
- My big issue is still metabolic syndrome. I was prediabetic and am still insulin resistant, and hyperinsulinemia causes leaky gut too. We know that kidney function is impaired in metabolic syndrome, and kidneys are responsible for oxalate elimination, so who knows if we got the causalities wrong?
So I guess my timeframe is about 3 months, after which I'll have myself tested again for uric acid and leaky gut, and I'll check if there is an oxalate test that the laboratory of my choice does too. I wanted to go carnivore or mostly carnivore for a while anyway which will pretty much eliminate oxalates from my diet (except for tea, which I now take with a bit of magnesium citrate to eliminate the oxalate -- tea is one of the few pleasures that I still indulge in). Additionally I take generous amounts of magnesium, calcium, potassium and collagen to flush the uric acid and oxalates out. Let's see if this does something