The majority of people who turn vegan, generally do it for moral reasons and not for overall wellness. Below are 3 things you should consider if you eat a vegan diet.
Nutrient Deficiency-The majority of people who turn vegan actually end up with a nutrient deficiency, bare in mind deficiencies can take years to develop. The nutrients you will find hard to consume an adequate amount of on a vegan diet are Vitamin B12, (Folate) Iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin D and Omega 3 Fatty acids. You can take supplements but nothing compares to whole foods, Vitamin B12 is actually impossible to consume enough of when eating vegan so be sure to take a sublingual form of b12, also the fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A, D, E and K are hard for the body to absorb without the essential fats found in meat/.fish.
Metabolic Types-Everyone has a unique biological genetic makeup which means certain people get along really well not consuming any meat and eating a purely vegan diet, although this is rare long term. On the flip side, some people I have trained need to have meat within their diet otherwise they feel rubbish. Bottom line is, most people will function better eating some meat and lots of vegetables, we evolved this way so it makes sense.
Blood Tests-I have a huge amount of respect for people who do not eat animals from a moral standpoint, but be sure to get regular blood work done to make sure you are not compromising your health by living as a vegan.
Check out these 2 podcast episodes, the first one is my first ever podcast episode where we talk about “What the Health” which is the vegan documentary on Netflix.Click Here to listen.
The second one is my interview with Simon Hill, owner of Plant Proof, he is a vegan and super fit/healthy.
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