Going Raw Vegan: My POTS Recovery Process

Going Raw Vegan: My POTS Recovery Process

After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, I found my passion: helping others heal and regain their quality of life. Today, my life revolves around healthy food and healthy habits, such as meditation, yoga, and laughing as much as possible. My main goal is to spread the knowledge that I’ve gained out there to as many people as possible!

I was diagnosed with POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) in November of 2016. My symptoms included heavy brain fog, disassociation, fatigue, IBS, migraines, insomnia, depersonalization, shortness of breath, chest pain, leg pain, numb/cold hands and feet, ear pain, difficulty swallowing, swollen feet after hot showers or baths, dizziness, depression and anxiety.

Autoimmune Disease Diagnosis. Medical Concept.
I was diagnosed with POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) in November of 2016.

In early November, I remember telling my mom I didn’t feel like myself and complaining about feeling “out of it”. It was hard to explain how I was feeling, so I just brushed it off. Towards the end of the month, I was feeling even more faint and even ended up on my bathroom floor calling for my mom because I had this feeling of impending doom. The week after that, I had to go to the ER four times because of excruciating chest pain and shortness of breath. I actually thought I was having a heart attack at 23. After a few visits to the ER, none of the doctors could find anything wrong with me. I was relieved, but also confused – because if nothing was wrong, why was I feeling this way?

Diagnosis and Processing

On my fourth visit to the ER, I was lucky enough to have a doctor that knew a little something about autoimmune disease. He made a call to my cardiologist and I was scheduled to go in and see him the next day. I remember being so excited that morning, feeling like I’d finally get an answer! I did get an answer, but not the one I wanted. My cardiologist did a sit-to-stand test, to check if my heart rate increased over 40 BPM when I went from sitting to standing – and it did. After asking me a few questions, he handed me a pamphlet which said, in big, bold words: LIVING WITH POTS. I thought to myself, “I have to live with this forever?!” Well, according to my cardiologist I’d either suffer with this disease for my entire life or be what he called “lucky” and only deal with it for 5 to 10 more years. He gave me various suggestions, like taking beta blockers, increasing my table salt intake, and drinking Gatorade. I told him I’d consider all those things and return to see him again if I wanted to move forward with the medication.

After being diagnosed with POTS, the doctor gave me suggestions, like taking beta blockers, increasing my table salt intake, and drinking Gatorade.

I remember calling a good friend of mine when I got home that day, and when he answered the phone I could barely get a word out. I was sad, scared, and couldn’t believe this was happening to me. He listened to all of my mumbled, tearful words and offered all the support I needed in that moment. When we got off the phone, I was still in shock, and I don’t think I spoke for the rest of the day. That turned into a week of silence, which then turned into 3 months. I didn’t talk, I didn’t laugh. I just cried. Every day I would ask, “Why me?” In October I was healthy, just a regular 23-year-old girl enjoying her twenties and all of a sudden, I wasn’t even able to stand up by myself.

My Road to Recovery

After those few months passed, I started doing research and found a few people who had healed their chronic illnesses and regained their life and health. I was determined to take my life back and stop treating myself like a victim. Yes, it’s easier said than done, but it’s necessary. I was introduced to the raw vegan lifestyle when I followed a couple  of people in that community on Twitter. I asked them a few questions and I was intrigued, so I started doing even more research. About a week later, I decided to go fully raw, just to see if anything would improve. It did. It cured my IBS, and no more did I suffer from cold/numb hands and feet, fatigue, and insomnia. I also got rid of the excruciating ear pain I had been dealing with for 3 months. I was amazed!

Raw Vegan Smoothie Bowl
Going raw vegan: my morning smoothie bowl - on my way to recovery.

I was still battling heavy brain fog and anxiety, but within only two months on a raw vegan diet, I was able to heal my digestive system, and that was incredible to me. It gave me the glimmer of hope that I desperately needed.

Gluten-free Vegan Pizza
My gluten-free vegan pizza, made with chickpea flour.
Pineapple Mango Smoothie
My pineapple-mango smoothie

Fast forward to now, and I am living happily and fully. I launched my website and released my first eBook to share my story and spread all of the positivity and knowledge that I’ve gained on this journey. I look forward to connecting with anyone who my experience resonates with. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to add them in the comment section below.

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Comments (3)

  • lexyhautcoeur

    Thank you for this wonderful post! I was just recently diagnosed with POTS and didn’t even know what to do.. i stumbled upon this blog and was amazed. I am now about to watch documenturies and YouTube videos on veganism and such since I know thag veganism does have so many benefits to it. It might not cure what we have but it will definietly improve it! I was about to go talk to a doctor to see if it was alright to go vegan with this disease but now that i’ve seen a few people with POTS turn to this lifestyle I’m guessing it’s alright? Just gotta add some salt and drink lots of water. Thank you so much for this and I will definietly keep researching into this.


    A POTS friend

    November 12, 2018 at 6:32 am
  • sharisehay

    I am truly glad that you’re feeling better. I do have a few comments.

    PoTs is not an autoimmune disease. It is a part of autonomic dysfunction which falls under the umbrella term, Dysautonomia (interestingly enough, it is Dysautonomia Awareness Month) There have been studies into Antiadrenergenic autoimmunity in PoTs patients which are interesting reads, though. There are different types of PoTs also and, whilst there is no cure, it can be managed.

    Your post comes across as if you’re claiming to have been cured which, as lovely as that would be, is not possible. It is possible to reduce and manage your symptoms but, not to cure this condition.

    The reason I am commenting is due to how dangerous it can be when people claim these conditions can be “cured”. People have actually died, from following diets that they think will “cure” them which, is unbelievably upsetting.

    I am genuinely happy for you and the fact that you have found a way to manage this awful condition but, claiming to have cured an incurable condition can get you into a LOT of trouble…. ask Deliciously Ella. Please be careful with the wording you use as I would hate for you to receive the hatred that she received. Good luck with everything!!

    October 10, 2017 at 9:33 pm
    • Yael Tamar

      Hi Sharisehay – those are all very important points and I commend you for showing the other side of the coin – people who just don’t get better no matter how much they try. Recent research suggests the autoimmunity of POTS. It is still being studied and is pretty much mysterious. In regards to how dangerous recovery stories are – some people get better and want to share the experience with others. They don’t assume that their way will heal everyone with their condition – most just want to give people hope. Raw veganism has been widely known for “curing” a variety of conditions. It’s definitely not a panacea, but probably is worth trying as a relatively easy and non-invasive method that has little side effect. Bottom line, like any other medicine for chronic conditions, there’s no guarantee raw veganism may work. Thank you for bringing it up and perhaps there should be a disclaimer added to personal stories.

      October 16, 2017 at 5:02 pm

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