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Why Do I Have Indigestion with Raw Diet?

By Anonymous March 10, 2010 - 9:54pm
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First of all I have had indigestion for several months and just didn't recognize what was going on. Over the last month I have switched to predominantly raw foods and have had indigestion that has included gas, as before but also now diarrhea. I got it under control last week with acidophilus and dong quai caps and fermented foods. As I incorporated a little tofu back into my diet this week the indigestion is back. Again the acidophilus controls it. Do you have any idea why this is happening. I have been vegan for 25 years.

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Thanks for your comments. There are no natural health practitioners in my area, but I will keep looking for one elsewhere. Feeling better now. Food combining has helped alot. Also noticing that a little cooked food is tolerated well during this transisional period to raw foods but just a small amount.

March 21, 2010 - 6:36pm
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Thanks for updating us, and I'm glad to hear that you found a solution.

I also tried a raw food diet for a while (before I got pregnant), and found some of it useful, and other times it was not. I read a few books on the Raw Food lifestyle, and was pleased to read that there are different forms of this lifestyle, and that you do not need to be 100% raw in order to gain the benefits. Of course, there are those who will advocate saying that it's "100% or nothing", but I can't think of anything in my life that I do 100% of the time, 100% by-the-book. I felt great with a raw food lifestyle of about 80%, so I'm happy to hear that you are listening to your body.

Keep us updated, and let us know what new information you find about the raw food lifestyle. I'm really curious how easy it is to sustain in the "real world", but I did like knowing, especially during the summer, that we just were not going to cook, and we ate a lot more fresh produce that was in season, and it felt like dinner time was less hectic.

March 21, 2010 - 7:15pm


Think about the word indigestion for a minute. It means "not digesting." And that's a clue.

The fact that acidophilus seems to help you in all cases suggests that you may have too small a colony of friendly bacteria in your digestive tract (which might also explain why the indigestion was there before you went to raw food as well). Here's a page about how it works:


Some of the things that can affect our level of acidophilous are stress, nicotine, aging, narcotics, medications, deficiencies in our diets, alcohol and the use of antibiotics. Do you have a naturopathic physician that might help you figure out what's causing this and how to get the proper amounts of friendly bacteria back in your system naturally?

March 12, 2010 - 9:15am
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Maybe your body was detoxing after you went all raw. When I went 100% raw temporarily, my body had issues. Do you have a homepath or natural doctor who you can talk to?
Many people who eat all raw go through some issues at first until their bodies get used to it and detox. Then they ususally feel amazing....
I found some info here;

This article says that pesticides in the fruit or vegetables might be a problem. I wash mine with distilled water.
Adding the tofu might also have caused a problem as you are combining processed food with raw. They suggest eating any cooked(or processed) food at a different time of day.
They say that you will feel amazingly energized eventually. This is probably the way we are meant to eat.
Good for you for trying it. You must be very fit and glowing.
A raw food diet is excellent for anyone concerned about being in great health and shape!

March 10, 2010 - 11:12pm
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