Posted by Veryberri2 at 05/04/2014
I started a Vegan diet about 20day ago and now I am experiencing joint pain. I didn't increase my activity level and I have not changed my daily routine. It mainly in my hands and my knees, advil doesnt seem to do anything for me. I do have some relief with activity but my question really is am I am missing something in my diet that would cause this? Should i be adding a supplement? I have been finding nothing but negative reviews on the diet and not a lot of help.
When converting to a vegan diet, one is implementing a cleansing process that may cause discomfort as toxins are released from body tissues.
There are definitely many websites that attack the vegan diet. They are typically created by the meat and dairy industries and have been for decades.
There are also countless sites offering the facts that back up the value of a vegan diet...but it may take a few minutes to find them as the food industry has flooded the Internet with propaganda.
PCRM.org is one of the best...
I've also been suffering from a recurrent knee joint injury for the last one year and a half. It was probably caused by my too avid attitude to running and overtraining at that time. It's better now, but does it have anything to do with my diet? I doubt it. My orthopaedist found a clear link between the strain and my running. Moreover, my dad also suffers from similar knee pains and he eats loads of meat every day... But as I said, every case is different. Good luck Veryberri2 :)
I use a product called "Triflora" which helps a lot, and also aloe gel mixed with goldenseal powder.
Turmeric is a seasoning herb that is quite good for inflammation as well.
But, let's face it - our bodies get wear and tear. I've found that for me, one of the best methods of keeping off aches in the body and joints, as well as headaches - is a simple, and often overlooked cure; Hydration!
Make sure you are getting an excess of water. Don't supplement with juice or other drinks - but cool, clear water (80+ ounces a day). If you must have some flavor, make 20 or less ounces of your daily intake out of herbal tea (hot or cold). I don't want to get too graphic or crude here - but every time you pee your urine should be clear (like water). Any discoloration means you are not fully hydrated.
Finally, if your joint pain is activity related, try an herbal creme or salve, or make yourself a poultice from whole or crushed leaves either directly applied or wrapped in a sanitary outerlay - like cotton, paper towel or muslin/cheesecloth. Use Arnica and Comfrey. The Arnica works specifically on the muscles and tendons, the Comfrey works on the bones and joints. The two together are a full inner massage!
Why limit our educational resources to doctors? Even vegan doctors?
I'm not a doctor, but my first book was endorsed by a rather famous vegan doctor. Does that help any?