Sometimes it isn’t enough to eat a balanced variety of real, unprocessed foods in order to be a healthy vegan. Follow these 10 steps and you are definitely on your path to optimal vegan health.
Most of the health-conscious individuals that I know worry about getting enough calcium, iron and protein. Few of them even think about vitamin D, nevertheless worry whether they are getting enough. So, it may come as a surprise that Vitamin D deficiency is so commonplace that, in 2008, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition went as far as to call it a “pandemic.
Unlike most other vitamins, vitamin B12 is not made by plants or animals. Rather, it is made from bacteria. Thus, the argument that vegans can make their own B12 from intestinal bacteria seemingly makes sense. Some nutritionists like Dr. Charles Partito make compelling arguments about the existence of B12 in plants. Of course, the guy is trying to sell you his cleansing products though. The same goes for Dr. Vivian Vetrano who says that B12 coenzymes are readily found in raw plants. She’d like you to join her retreat.
Beyoncé, Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Clinton, Casey Affleck, Ellen Page. What do they all have in common? They’re all celebrities. They’re also all creative in their own right. Oh, and they’re vegan. They’re not hacks, but vegan hacks…? I’m sure they’ve used at least one of these a time or two. Vegans are inherently creative creatures, …
When it comes to vitamins, we hear a lot about C, our Bs, and D. But rarely do we ever hear anyone hype up the merits of vitamin K along the lines of, Eat your greens Jimmy. They have lots of vitamin K!
The reason that vitamin K hasnt made it onto the health radar is because we assumed we were getting enough of it. However, recent studies show that it may be time to start giving vitamin K some attention.
Whether you are vegan or not, vitamin D is probably something you should be worried about. One study found that the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in the United States was 41.6%. The situation is so bad that The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition called it a pandemic. Here is what you need to know about vitamin D to make sure you are getting enough vitamin D on a plant-based diet.
There is no denying that algae is one of the true vegetarian super foods. Depending on the type of algae, it can be loaded with iron, calcium, iodine, and many other important nutrients for. But there is still a lot of controversy around whether algae is a good source of vitamin B12 for vegetarians and vegans. Here is what the experts have to say on the issue.
One of the weird things that happens when you go vegan is that you often find yourself having conversations about bodily functions. So, it wasn’t too strange that my vegan friend and I started talking about how our B12 supplements make us have to pee constantly. My friend was also having a crazy appetite from her new pills. This is also a pretty normal side effect, but it usually normalizes after a few weeks. Her appetite was still going strong, so I asked her what B12 dosage she was taking. She didn’t know. I asked her what type of B12 she was taking. Again, she didn’t know.
If you are vegan, then you might have an ethical dilemma in feeding your companion animal conventional dog food made from meat and animal ingredients. It is completely possible to feed a dog an all-vegan diet, and there are many vegan dog food brands. However, it will take a bit more planning and consideration to keep your dog healthy on a vegan diet. Here is what you need to know about vegan nutrition for dogs and the top vegan dog food brands.