Reading Time: 3 minutes 'My diet has been life-saving' (Photos: Aaron Calder / Instagram)
Reading Time: 3 minutes

Former alcoholic turned vegan blogger Aaron Calder says he was inspired to turn his life around after watching plant-based documentary Fat, Sick, And Nearly Dead.

Calder, who now creates vegan recipes and YouTube videos, was rushed to hospital back in 2012 after he began vomiting blood. His liver and kidneys were ‘so damaged they couldn’t filter his blood and several veins in his esophagus [had] burst open’.

‘Rock bottom’

“It was the lowest most frightening time of my life. I’d literally hit rock bottom,” he said.

“One of the biggest things that helped me was veganism… My doctor has been shocked at how dramatically my health has improved in the past four years since being vegan.

“From being told I have chronic liver disease to gradually seeing my body heal. I’m not a doctor or nutritionist but most certainly my diet has been life-saving.”

‘I couldn’t believe it’

According to The Metro, Calder said he had a fibroscan to measure the inflammation of his liver. But after two years of soberity, his score was at 75 – which he describes as the ‘worst possible result’.

“But just months after adopting the vegan diet, my score had dropped by almost a half to 39 and my liver appeared to be functioning normally,” Calder said. “I couldn’t believe it, and neither could my doctor.”

You can follow Aaron on Instagram here

Liam Giliver

Liam is the former Deputy Editor of Plant Based News. He has written for The Independent, Huffington Post, Attitude Magazine, and more. He is also the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.