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KONMAI
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5/19/09 11:01 A

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Thanks DRWONDERWOMAN!

I do eat a lot of bananas, when they're around. I tend to finish them actually. How much do you eat?

I used to take spectrovite multi. The cravings were unbearable. I ate all day and was still hungry. Luckily, my weight didn't budge, but eating all that much couldn't possibly be healthy. lol.

What I'm really curious about is I never took a multi, when I was eating meat. Before giving meat up, I didn't eat as much veggies & fruits. I don't know why being vegan I would need a multi? When I didn't need it as a meat eater which was probably more devoid of vitamins and minerals more so than a vegan diet.

It baffles me. I want to understand.


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DRWONDERWOMAN
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5/18/09 4:31 P

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Try eating banana's. It sounds like you are just low in potassium and eating a banana a day can help correct it.

I bruise quite easily and if I eat banana's along with making sure I take a multi-vitamin I don't bruise as much.

If you can't stand banana's try finding other potassium rich foods that you can handle eating on a regular basis.

You might also want to check and see how much iron you are getting per day as well because lack of that can also contribute to the bruising.

Not sure what multi's you were taking before, but I take Nature Made for Her liquid softgel. It's not overly expensive, and is a straight forward vitamin that is better absorbed by the system. HTH.

Edited by: DRWONDERWOMAN at: 5/18/2009 (16:34)


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KONMAI
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5/18/09 11:25 A

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Thanks wildhoneypie.

No nosebleeds. I did check the symptoms for Type I diabetes, and I seem fine. Going in for some blood work will probably be my best bet.

So far, it seems like I'm either nutrient difficient or it's a blood clot from exercising. The bruises are healing now. Thank goodness!


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WILDHONEYPIE
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5/18/09 7:57 A

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Will already mentioned clotting disorders, but I'll throw in my 2 cents.

Do you also get nosebleeds? My husband and my kids have von Willebrand's disease. There are three levels or "types", Type III being the most severe, and Type I being the mildest. Apparently a lot of people are walking around with undiagnosed Type I. Nosebleeds and easy bruising are the most common symptoms.

If you're an adult and this is the first time you're noticing the problem, it's probably not vWd, but I thought I'd throw it out there so you could be aware of it.

FYI, my family has Type I, and they don't need any medications or special precautions on a daily basis, but they do wear medic alert bracelets in case they're in an accident or something, and they sometimes are given clotting factor for surgical procedures, depending on labwork results (the factor 8 levels fluctuate).


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MISS_VIV
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5/14/09 11:22 A

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A lot of terrific advice here on this thread. Take a little .... leave a little

GOOD LUCK.. stay in touch.



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KONMAI
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5/14/09 11:17 A

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Thanks Will. Diabetes sounds scary! I will look into getting checked up on that. Thank you.

I'm really weary of multis but am thinking about incorporating some, when I get to or am close to goal weight. When the multi increased my hunger, I was pretty frustrated with that and couldn't concentrate on anything else but food 24/7. It was horrible.

I will try diff. ones, when I get to goal or am closer though.


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MISS_VIV
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5/14/09 9:34 A

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A multi with minerals (geared for your age and activity) might be something that would turn out to be what you need. It might just pick up those little bits of minerals and folic acid, that you are not getting in your diet. Just aim for one that is not a SUPER MEGA or something and you should be good. If it incites your appetite, choose another apple (always good) to take the edge off.



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5/14/09 6:49 A

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Taking in too few calories is not likely the cause of the bruising.

Another thing that could be the cause that hasn't already been mentioned is insulin resistance associated with Type II Diabetes. In some people, the discoloration happens because insulin (whether it's the insulin naturally produced in the body or insulin prescribed by a doctor) "spills over" into the skin. Basically, your body may reject it and when that happens, it is pushed out into your skin. Also, regarding diabetes, bruises often heal much more slowly in some people with diabetes. If you haven't been diagnosed with diabetes, you should get a current screening to be certain. Either way, a doctor's screening isn't a bad idea anyhow. The bruising is a sign that something isn't right. It could be a major problem, it could be minor.

~~ Will ~~

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KONMAI
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5/13/09 3:51 P

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Thanks guys for all the suggestions and insight.

I'm wondering could it be Vit. C, b/c I actually consume more Vit. C now than I did, when I ate meat. Everything is the same food-wise except that I don't eat meat, & I now consume more veggies and fruits which are mostly raw.

I do exercise more, too. If it's b/c of the exercise, then there's probably nothing to worry about. If it's a vit. thing, oh boy! I do take a B-complex. I really don't want to take a multi. emoticon B/c my appetite goes through the roof like I'm starving! Kind of crazy!

Could low cals. also be a culprit?




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FUNNYSUNNY123
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5/13/09 2:56 P

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Smashy-

Thanks for the suggestion to increase vitimin C. I bruise very easily. I will have to try this.

Marsha

"I can do ALL things {including losing the 85 extra pounds} through Christ who strengthens me." Phillipians 4:13

I do not want to be a weak and delicate woman. I want to be an iron goddess.


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Well it could be caused by anemia as well as low levels of folic acid in your body. Those things are easily fixable with supplements. The best way to know for sure and to be certain it isn't something more serious is to go to the doctor and get a blood test.

Also, when you exercise hard, like running or other endurance and strength training exercises, it can cause tiny tears in blood vessels and may lead to bruising.

Some general things that often cause bruising are:

side effects of medications

a bleeding or clotting disorder

nutritional deficiencies of vitamins B12, C, K

inflammation of a blood vessel

liver disease or maybe kidney disease

sepsis

inflammatory diseases, such as lupus

some cancers such as Hodgkin's disease, leukemia, or multiple myeloma

It's hard to know for sure what it really is. See your doctor for a full screening. If you are exercising a lot, that may be what it is, but you want to find out for certain what's going on.



Edited by: WILLBOYWONDER at: 5/14/2009 (08:11)
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5/13/09 2:52 P

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Aww, Konmai -- Tara! (sniff) She was robbed.

Regarding the bruising, I'm sorry I have no insight. I'm a clutz and always have a bruise somewhere.

My life is irredeemably corrupt.


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MISS_VIV
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5/13/09 2:47 P

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I used to bruise something terrible..... Until I found out that it was a deficiency of VITAMIN C...
UP your C.. in any way you can
I make sure there is plenty in my MULTI VITAMIN but take additional supplement, just because I am not sure that the fruits and veggies that I eat contain enough. I rarely bruise now UNLESS I AM REALLY ROUGH ON MY BODY AND JAMB INTO THINGS.. hahahahahemoticonemoticon

I don't think it had anything to do with being vegan or not.

Edited by: MISS_VIV at: 5/13/2009 (14:47)

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KONMAI
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5/13/09 2:39 P

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Anyone acquire bruises when newly vegan? I'm pretty sure I didn't bump into anything. And even if I did, not that hard to cause these bruises.

I have a really deep purplish/bluish/greenish one on one of my legs and a greenish one on the other. They're about 1-2".

After upping my B12, they seem to be healing now or either were just going to heal on their own anyway.

Seeking some insight into the matter. Thanks guys in advance!


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