View Full Version : Is eating raw good for IBS ?
03-12-2007, 12:02 AM
So I did the raw food diet for 2 weeks and felt great, I was eliminating food probably once every 2 or three days, it was nice to not feel my stomach full but I did eat a lot. Then this weekend I had a stomach virus, and it was comforting to medicate myself with tons of carbs. I really would love to continue to do 75 percent raw but I'm not sure its the healthiest diet for people with Irritable Bowl Syndrome. I mean I could just be 100% vegan but I feel much more energy with lots and lots of raw fruits and vegetables.
I would love to hear from some IBS sufferers about their experiance with Raw.
03-12-2007, 01:10 AM
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03-12-2007, 02:50 AM
I suffer from IBS and my condition has approved significantly over the last year or so (been raw about 11 months now). I no longer suffer from severe pain or constipation. Sometimes i still get bloated, but I now know that it is connected with me eating nuts or other hard-to-digest food items. What I´ve learned is that I´m much better off when I soak nuts and dried fruits and when I eat small food portions. Peeling fruits and vegetables is also a very good method for me, which makes them much more easy on the digestion.
03-12-2007, 07:09 AM
I suffered IBS.....which gradually disappeared during a 1-2 year transition to all-raw. Just my experience.
-David Z. Mason
03-12-2007, 09:46 PM
Hi-- I asked this same question when I first got to this board a couple of weeks ago. I went 100% raw about a week and a half ago, and my stomach got so much better in just that short of time... I have IBS-D, and so avoided the real gassy veggies. And I felt a lot better. I didn't even have to load up on imodium before taking a trip out of town. Today I cheated and ate at the village inn for lunch and right afterwards my stomach hurt so bad. I stopped at the grocery store afterwards and spent most of that time in the bathroom. So does raw work for IBS? I'd say defanitly yes-- but I think it's also a lot of trial and error about what exactly works the best for you. I got a lot of great insight from others on that thread and what worked well for them too.. Here is the link: http://www.rawfoodtalk.com/showthread.php?t=24098
Hope that helps.
03-12-2007, 09:47 PM
Also, every doc will tell you that a high fiber diet is good for IBS, rather it's type C or D. So load up on the fiber =)
03-12-2007, 09:48 PM
Most of the time I think that I am 100% cured of the IBS which I suffered severely for many years.
I am not 100% raw. . . but raw is what has cured me.
03-13-2007, 01:25 AM
I "suffer" from IBS-C and have pretty much my whole life (I'm 21). I used to have BM 1 or 2 a week..... Very painful, bloated a lot, tummy hurts, etc. Within the first 3 days I was pooping more then once a day and this has continued. No more bloating, I can actually feel my tummy muscles working. And no more tummy aches. All the bads comes back once I eat something cooked (or dehydrated tomatoes...). So for me, its worked amazingly! I'm still healing and things are still working themselves out, but I get at least once BM a day, maybe every other day depending on what I've allowed myself to eat that wasn't raw. But like I said, my whole life and its been really really bad for me. But Raw has really really worked. I tried a lot too before Raw and they just didn't cut it.
Hope my lil story helps you. Over time, I've learned what till set my tummy off and what it still is having issues with. But being raw (for the most part) for over 40 days has really really helped. =]
03-13-2007, 10:07 AM
YES! It definitely works. My IBS was completely gone within a few weeks on raw. You'll probably want to avoid the tougher vegetables like carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and tough greens like collards and kale and stick to tender greens like lettuces.
I highly suggest you get Dave Klein's book "Self Healing Colitis and Crohns" It applies to all digestive issues and is wonderful. It is a simple raw vegan plan. Dave has helped thousands of people heal from digestive problems. You can get it at his website www.livingnutrition.com. I also highly recommend subscribing to his magazine, Living Nutrition. It is all about raw food.
All the best,
03-13-2007, 11:09 AM
I would think juicing greens would be helpful in healing any inflammation of the bowels.
I like Kale with cucumber
03-13-2007, 11:18 AM
The insight that all of you gave is amazing and that is exactly what I have been reading for years, that eating raw clears up dis-ease. The strange thing is, is that even though I feel more constipated eating about 50 percent raw I still have about 1 BM a day. With eating raw, the first couple days I didn't have one for about 3 days and that couldn't even be considered a real one ! :eek: Sorry that was the TMI portion of my post. But anyway, I'm really trying to get back into eating mostly raw, its hard because I'm in college and unable to really pick and choose the fruits and vegetables I can purchase. Those of you who are living off a meal plan, know what that is about. But thanks anyway for all of your support, I just don't know if I'm willing yet to detox fully right now, after my past experiances. :o
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