Lifelong IBS and veganism - save your gut health

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So I was writing a comment on someone else's post today and wanted to share it with everyone on here.

I've had IBS all my life (I'm 29 now), or at least up until the last 6 months ago. No matter how much water/hydrational fluid I used to drink or the various different other diets/medication I tried, none of them worked beyond a bit of relief for a few weeks. On average, I used to have a poo about once every 2-3 days and had to sit on the toilet for 20+ minutes every time. I also got pain, cramps and bloating on a regular basis.

I didn't go vegan thinking it might help with my IBS, but I've been a vegan now for 6 months and it has almost completely cured it.

On average now, I'll have a poo twice a day and when I go, It comes out easily in 5 minutes or less. I get a lot less pain, stomach cramps and bloating since becoming a vegan as well.

Regardless of how you feel about vegans/veganism, I would recommend you giving it a try solely for the chance that it could cure or help with your IBS.

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    Hi sockpim, whilst i can agree with you in some respects about going vegan, part of me just loves milk, yogurt, chocolate etc too much to go without. I was told it was ibs i had about 12 years ago. I have cut lots of different things out of my diet over the years. I have ibsc, well i think but even that is being investigated, they now suspect this is coeliac disease, quite honestly i don't think they know

    So i am awaiting a camera to find out. My lactose test came back negative. Now what? If i cut milk out what is there to live off? The lovely beans and pulses you can have come out just as quick as they went in! Thanks for the information but i won't be trying this any time soon.

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      Hi sam18386,

      If you like cow's milk, yoghurt and dairy chocolate too much to stop eating them and would rather continue life having IBS-c and possibly coeliac disease, then that's your choice. What I'm saying is that I also tried the different diets and medication before, similar to you and none of them did much for me at the time, let alone on a more permanent basis.

      I can answer your other questions easily... there are loads of different plant milks you can buy. My favourite are the oat milks, which are particularly good for coffee, tea and cooking, but there are loads of types and brands. To name a few: oat, soya, almond, hazelnut, pea, coconut, rice, hemp etc. There's so much more than just beans and pulses for protein. I don't know how in 2019, that anyone can think that beans and pulses are the only source of protein for vegans. Aside from other regular protein sources like beans, tofu, peanuts, tempeh, Seitan; there are tonnes of meat substitutes now, such as: Vivera mince, Naturli mince, dairy free mince, beyond burgers, no bull burgers, mince, sausages etc., jackfruit (I've made pulled pork from some tinned jackfruit, which was lush).

      Anyway... I suppose for you it's just a case of weighing up what you're willing to give up in order to be free of your IBS-c/other health/potential health issues.

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    If one wanted to try a vegan diet for a few weeks, is there a website or other resource that would provide some easy advice about what to eat?

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      There are a few I think, but the one that I remember is the Veganuary one. If you type Veganuary into Google, on their website there is a link called 'vegan starter kit', which has lots of information on it. For example, the 'vegan food essentials' tab on there shows you some common replacements for meat/dairy protein, yoghurts, ready brands etc.

      If you or anyone for that matter wanted to ask me for advice on the topic, I'd be happy to help with meals suggestions or anything like that too 😃.

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