View Full Version : Swollen throat - Causes?
03-19-2008, 10:17 PM
I've been raw for about 3 weeks. I've had a feeling of 'pressure' in my throat for the past two weeks. I can feel it now. I can also feel it more when eating and swallowing liquids.
I thought it might be from not getting enough sodium. I don't add any in my diet, though I do take a 1/2 multi-vitamin that has iodine in it.
Does anyone have any ideas?
03-19-2008, 10:31 PM
I had this problem before I went raw. I believe I was allergic to something and honestly I never did figure out what I was allergic to before going raw.
I would suggest that you log your food maybe start fresh my removing some items and then adding them back.
What really helped me know it was food was not eating for a couple days, but that was before raw, I was really sick but my throat started to clear.
You might have to eliminate everything and start from scratch but eventually you'll find the culprit.
03-19-2008, 10:33 PM
It could be a bad case of the nerves.
Dehydration could be another reason.
03-21-2008, 09:19 PM
I second the allergic reaction, get yourself checked out to be on the safe side, and watch out for hives...
03-21-2008, 09:32 PM
It could be a bad case of the nerves.
I second this. Or, unless its sore... an allergic reaction.
03-21-2008, 10:29 PM
I don't think it's my nerves. If it's stress you're talking about. I feel fine.
It'll be another two months before I see my doctor, but I will have at least had my tests results for vitamins and minerals come in.
We'll see what happens. Maybe it's detox?
03-23-2008, 01:39 AM
I was having the same problem. I couldn't figure out if it was my throat or tounge that was swelling, but it was kinda scary. I've since cut out using citrus fruits in my green smoothies and the swelling has gone away. You might want to give it a try.
03-23-2008, 10:26 AM
It could be Candida ALbicans.
03-23-2008, 07:22 PM
This is a HUGE sign of thyroid problems. I know that a lot of people have had their thyroid issues lessened by being raw, and it could be an allergy issue. But if you feel pressure in your throat at all times, even when not eating, it's a huge symptom of thyroid, especially combined with others. I would definitely get it checked, just to make sure, if it was me. There are plenty of natural ways to help your thyroid, and I'm sure any of them would work, but it could be really dangerous if that's what it was and it was ignored.
03-23-2008, 07:49 PM
Yes, citrus can commonly cause problems, from skin to arthritis...
03-23-2008, 09:59 PM
I'm thinking it might be a thyroid issue, possibly iodine/sodium deficiency. I haven't been taking in much sodium/iodine. I also haven't been having celery lately.
Would some iodinezed table salt help? I feel quite weak.
03-24-2008, 05:20 AM
If you add just a little salt, it would definitely boost your iodine levels. If you want a more raw, natural approach to incorporating iodine into your diet, many types of seaweed contain iodine. Much of the reason that there are less thyroid problems in developing countries is due to the high amount of iodized salt in our diets.
However, if you are feeling very weak, I would suggest incorporating some iodized table salt asap. After you feel better, you can take away the table salt and incorporate seaweed into your diet on a regular basis, especially kelp.
Of course, I am not trying to advocate that you do anything against your lifestyle. But I am advocating that you get to be the best health you can! As someone who has had hypothyroidism, I know how much it can affect all aspects of your life. My energy levels and symptoms have improved greatly with the introduction of so much, much more raw fruits and vegetables, combined with apple cider vinegar in the mornings.
However, I was never to the point that I was experiencing throat tightness. In that extreme of a case, I would start adding iodine immediately, and see your doctor. It may not be that it is your thyroid, but it can be very dangerous if it IS your thyroid and it gets to this point.
03-24-2008, 07:42 PM
I experienced this after a bout of gastric reflux. It seemed that a part of my throat was swollen and perhaps healing. I am experimenting with different foods at this point. I don't want that terrible swelled throat to come back again.
Have you had any improvement?
03-24-2008, 09:24 PM
I thought I would mention that the one time I ate raw orange beet, my throat swelled up a little and burned like crazy! I had some liquid silver (coloidal silver) and that was the only thing that helped. It was a little scary. I will never eat raw orange beets again. I mentioned it to the produce man and he told me that it is a common reaction. Wish I'd known that before I ate it! I may post this as a new post just to let others know.
03-25-2008, 12:56 AM
I added 1/4 tsp of iodized salt to my smoothie today and yesturday.
Also, I should mention that I do infact put a raw beet in my smoothies. They are the red beets. I heard they're good for cleansing the liver. Perhaps I'll try not putting the beet in my smoothie. I don't think it was the beet, but I'm not totally sure.
03-25-2008, 01:23 AM
I had the same thing at about 1 month raw! It really freaked me out- my tongue and throat had this pressure sensation and it felt like there was a lump when i tried to swallow. It sounds like you have the same thing.
This problem went away for me after about a month and a half into raw. It hasn't come back. I think I was detoxing something which caused the symptom, since it hasn't returned and I didn't do anything different in that time.
Definitely get it checked if you are concerned. I wasn't using too much salt at the time I had the problem, I may be using more now and didnt realize it, although I really think my symptom was more detox than anything. Try eliminating the beets and adding in small amounts of salt to see if that does the trick. The salt may at least slow down your detox if that is what it is after all. Good luck and I hope this goes away for you!
03-25-2008, 08:35 PM
I don't remember if I've ever eaten raw red beets before. Stay away from the orange ones! Hope you are better today.
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