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 Post subject: Vegan Diet and Gastro Issues/Acne-Help
PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 12:16 am 
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So I switched to a vegan diet on January 7th. Everything was going well. In fact, all the chronic pain that I had been experiencing since 2008 from an autoimmune disorder disappeared. I was so happy. But then mid March I started to get stomach issues. At one point it was so extreme that it reminded me of labor and I ended up in the ER worried it was my appendix. Luckily it wasn't that and the doctor said it could either be IBS or a virus. It went away so I assumed it was just a virus. But then ever since then I've been having off and on stomach pains and the last few weeks its been constant. I get cramps in my lower and upper abdomen and they also radiate to my lower back. I tried eliminating wheat and gluten but it did nothing. It's not really tied to any particular food. Sometimes I'll eat something and I'm ok and other times the same thing will cause the pain. I cannot drink green smoothies anymore because it causes too much pain. I also deal with bouts of constipation. I don't know what's going on, I've never had digestive issues before becoming vegan. My diet is 95% healthy. I eat plenty of beans, legumes, fruits, veggies and whole grain. Rarely do I eat packaged stuff or greasy takeout. I really do not want to give up the vegan diet. It's helped my autoimmune condition and ethically I wouldn't feel right about contributing to animal suffering or environmental damage. But I can't live like this either. Could the diet be causing it?

Also, I've never had an acne problem before my now my face is constantly breaking out.


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Diet and Gastro Issues/Acne-Help
PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 12:35 am 
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I have had recurring issues with stomach ulcers, which is caused by a bacteria. Your doctor can do a blood test or a breath test for Helicobacter pylori to make sure.


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Diet and Gastro Issues/Acne-Help
PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 1:35 am 
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What mandycoot said, and also it may be a good idea to look a little further into IBS. This is not a normal side effect of going vegan!

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Diet and Gastro Issues/Acne-Help
PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 1:52 am 
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Have you greatly increased your fiber intake? Are you drinking enough water? I remember someone posting something like this a while ago and it was that their body was unused to so much fiber and they weren't drinking enough water.

Is there anything you're eating now that you didn't pre-vegan? Or are you eating it in much higher amounts?

Can you keep a journal to track foods and symptoms?

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Diet and Gastro Issues/Acne-Help
PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 7:55 am 
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Sorry to hear you're feeling so rough. When there are skin problems such as breakouts or itching look to the health of your liver. Liver detoxification is a fascinating and brilliant process. It could be helpful for you to review the 3 stages of detoxification. Each phase requires the ingestion of certain foods which if they are absent they send the by-product to the second phase in a state which it can't process. The result is a backup in your liver and then it has to discharge unresolved toxins into the blood and on to the kidneys. Dark circles under eyes and water retention indicate some kidney exhaustion from overwork.

So then the good news is you don't have to give up a vegan way of eating. How a vegan eats is perfect for healing of the gut which pretty much the Ruler of all Good Health. Look to support your liver additionally with possibly a cod liver oil pack over your liver. As mentioned previously let the water flow and consider a prokinetic like psyllium husk powder to keep the bowels steadily moving out the toxins. Careful with it, you need to start with a small amt and work up. Oh and if you are retaining water you aren't drinking enough! Many folks have healing of stomach ulcers and a generally angry tummy with deglycirrized [sp?] licorice.

Prolonged abdominal discomfort is worrisome. I hear that your system likes what you're doing with reduced autoimmune responses but you may need to slow down a bit until your liver catches up.

Good luck Tulip and I hope you find some food for thought here.


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Diet and Gastro Issues/Acne-Help
PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 4:55 pm 
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I have an appointment with a gastro specialist on Tuesday. Hopefully we can get to the bottom of it. If it is IBS I'm wondering if the vegan diet triggered it or its a complete coincidence that I started getting these symptoms after changing my diet. I had zero problems before.

I would say that my fiber intake has increased because naturally vegan foods are high in fiber. I did eat fruit, veggies before but now I eat far more. Plus when you add in all the beans and whole grains I would say that's a big increase. But the thing is, I was fine with the diet for the first two months so wouldn't the increase in fiber caused problems immediately?

I haven't been drinking as much water as I should but its hard with my stomach pains.

Things I'm definitely eating more of is beans/legumes, nuts and I never ate chia or flax seeds before. Tofu/tempeh is new to me but I don't eat it in large quantities.

I'd like to keep track of what I'm eating to see if there is a correlation but lately it seems anytime I eat I get pains. :(

I was just hoping that I'd find someone that's experienced what I have and found a solution. My entire family made the switch and my husband and daughter are doing just fine. My son is an infant and he's been vegan from the start of solids so it wasn't a change for him.

AveeKado, I'm do some googling on liver detoxification and see if I can find anything that helps.


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Diet and Gastro Issues/Acne-Help
PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 6:09 pm 
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It may also be related to stress and/or anxiety.


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Diet and Gastro Issues/Acne-Help
PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 6:41 pm 
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Tulip, I was having similar symptoms and did an elimination diet with a nutritionist and uncovered some food sensitivities. It took a few months to get it all figured out, but now I'm regular (never have been before in my life!) and my gastro pain is gone. One thing that's difficult when you're just keeping a food journal is the fact that you might not react to something right away; it can take a day or two, so that's what helped me with the elimination diet where you eliminate all potential triggers and add them back one by one.
I hope you get some relief and answers soon!

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