“I have people who have been raw for two to three months. They are having very soft, unformed stools. They’re eating lots of greens and not too much fruit and some nuts. How long should this last? There are no associated medical problems, no bloating, gas, pain or rectal bleeding.”
This is really a difficult answer to give. We need to know much more about these people. I’ll use an individual story on this one.
I look back to when I started to eat raw food. I came from an extremely bad, Western diet. I was eating the worst Western foods available. I became a vegetarian who consumed dairy foods to a vegan and then to a living fooder.
I’ll never forget when I made the transition from an almost exclusively cooked vegan diet of only plant foods to a living food diet. I had a very similar reaction to the people you’re talking about. My stools were changed and unformed.
Why? Now I was giving my body raw, bacterial-feeding roughage. It literally had the life force in it to allow the bacteria to change and go back to what it was meant to be to begin with.
That takes what we call a biochemical or cellular interchange period. Sometimes it takes a year to two years. It did with me because I ate such a horrific diet.
There may be people who have the beginning or advanced stages of diverticulosis and diverticulitis. They will need to take more time than a month or two to have it all switch around and change.
If you use certain forms of whole food probiotics, you should know there are a wide variety of good ones that are plant-based and nondairy. They can do a lot of for a person. The stools will come together.
I wouldn’t be so worried about soft stools. Watery stools are another sign. If you have watery stools, find a competent health care professional. Find a doctor. If it’s a prolonged watery stool, you may have a more severe irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, problem.