When I went to my exercise physiologist for pelvic pain she lent me this book written about pelvic pain, can’t remember what is was called though? So if someone out there reads these types of books, please send me a DM with the titles. Because it was SO good and informative – and I wish they would have given this to me when I was twenty, because o’boy would that have helped me!
Anyway, in this book I read about oxalates for the first time – and that they May have an impact on pelvic pain.
Oxalates are present in the body, but they are also found in food such as sweet potatoes, beets and spinach, just to mention a few. They inhibit calcium absorption, so if you’re vegan, eating a lot of spinach thinking that is gonna cover your calcium intake – think again. It’s better to choose other options, such as kale, broccoli, fortified nut milks etc.
What happens in the body is a complex procedure, but oxalates bind to certain minerals, such as calcium and form kidney stones. You can measure your oxalate levels in the urine if you are interested in knowing if your levels are high.
So what does the research say?
Well, there hasn’t been a lot of research done. One study showed that there was no connection between oxalate intake and it’s effect pelvic pain, however, other studies said that there might be a correlation – but oxalates are not the cause, they may just worsen the symptoms of pelvic pain. More research is definitely needed for me to cut out sweet potatoes and spinach in my life. Even though I am mindful of the intake, because it doesn’t hurt!