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06-27-2006, 02:30 PM
Hi. I am wondering if anyone thinks this is detox, or if it is from what I've been eating?
I have several canker sores in my mouth right now. EXTREMELY painful. I haven't had these for several years. I thought that acidic fruits had always caused these, and now I'm disappointed, because I love my fruit and tomatoes, and really don't want to stop eating this way.
Also, my gums have started hurting REALLY bad, and are bleeding when I brush my teeth....and I have not ever had this problem.
06-27-2006, 02:39 PM
I'm getting them too! I think it must be a detox. I never get them either. Last time I had one before this raw journey, I believe I was 9.
06-27-2006, 04:12 PM
Food allergies and deficiencies in B12, iron, and folic acid are thought to be causes of some canker sores. If you've been raw for a while, you might want to look at your diet to see if you might be developing deficiencies (B12 being the obvious culprit). If you haven't been raw for long, are you eating foods that are new? Perhaps you're allergic. Cut them out and see if it helps.
06-27-2006, 04:56 PM
Actually, I'm quite new. This is my 26th day, and I've eaten cooked 4 times. I had in the past, 67 sores in my mouth at one time... :eek: That was several years ago, when I was going through a lot of stress.
I guess that everything I'm eating is new, since I didn't really have one fruit or vegetable in my house before this..and now that is all that I eat really.
06-27-2006, 10:55 PM
I do believe that the canker sores you are experiencing are because you are detoxing. I just finished reading Victoria Boutenko's Book, 12 Steps to Raw Foods and she devotes a section of her book to detoxification symptoms. She states that 75% of people get cold sores in the mouth. And the reason for this is that the saliva in the mouth becomes very acidic, irritates the gums and creates a cold sore. When you first go on raw food your body is going to start cleaning you out by throwing all accumulated wastes in the blood and this creates a temporary acidic condition. I'm sure that this problem you are experiencing will soon pass. You may want to try a good green drink that's alkalizing. A good one is SuperGreens along with prime pH drops by Dr. Robert Young. These are Innerlight products and they are wonderful. I drink SuperGreens everyday and have noticed a change in my health since doing so.
Good luck and know that you will be feeling better soon! Hang in there.
06-28-2006, 12:31 AM
She states that 75% of people get cold sores in the mouth. And the reason for this is that the saliva in the mouth becomes very acidic, irritates the gums and creates a cold sore.
I think you mean canker sores. Cold sores (aka fever blisters) are caused by the herpes simplex virus.
06-28-2006, 01:07 PM
I got the canker sores a lot in the begining and now they have pretty much gone away.
I really have to limit (I don't cut them out completley) my tomato and citrus fruit intakes and I'm fine.
06-28-2006, 07:28 PM
I use to get them and was told it was a symptom of celiac disease (which I have). I have not had them since I went gluten free. Are you eating grains? And like everyone else said, it could be detox. I hope they heal soon.
10-11-2006, 11:56 AM
My gums are REALLY sore as well. I have never had any problems with my teeth/gums before but now every time I brush they bleed! What's up!? Any suggestions out there?
10-11-2006, 12:51 PM
This has just started to happen to me too. My gums have never bled like this before but now they bleed every time I brush. I thought my toothpaste might be irritating them so i've switched and I'll see how it works out.
10-11-2006, 01:20 PM
when i first went raw i bought some packaged dried pineaple bits (they were kind of freeze dried i think) at central market. i found that everytime i ate them, i'd get sores all over my tongue. really painful. i'm not sure exactly what it was on them, but once i stopped eating them, the sores went away. have you been eating food like that?
10-11-2006, 10:57 PM
No, I haven't eaten any great amount of citrus fruits- just mainly apples, mangos, peaches, bananas, grapes, pears and a bunch of greens! I don't know what's up- no canker sores though- so that's good! My gums are just really tender and bleed when I brush. I use an all natural/safe toothpaste from Neways so that shouldn't be the problem either- I'm also trying to brush with just water throughout the day so I'm not messing with the enamel so much!? who knows...maybe/hopefully it's just a stage that will pass with time.
10-12-2006, 07:52 PM
Hi all of you out there suffering from this,
my husband had this when we were doing the original transition to raw in the summer. He had some bad sores and then he went to the dentist to get it treated.
Then it happened the second time, same thing, went to the dentist. I think the dentist told him that the symptoms have to do more with the changing of the diet then detox. We have been eating quite a bit of meat before and now only raw vegan. I have been eating much worse then my hubby before raw and so I am not sure if it is detox to have sore gums and sores in the mouth cause I did not get any at all, thank G-d!
I hope you will all recover soon,
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