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.
When we think of nutrients that vegetarians may be lacking, it is usually ones like protein, iron, or calcium which top the list. So, it may come as a surprise to hear that iodine is one of the nutrients that many vegetarians and vegans may be at a risk of deficiency for.
After iron, zinc is the most abundant mineral in our bodies. It is found in literally ever part of the body but has the biggest concentrations in the eyes and prostate. Which is why zinc deficiency can cause vision problems and (in men) fertility problems. Symptoms of zinc deficiency include fatigue, mental lethargy, diarrhea, skin lesions, white spots on nails, and slow wound healing. There are many vegan sources of zinc. However, these vegan zinc sources also contain high levels of antinutrients which block zinc absorption. So, some of those zinc foods might not be such good sources of zinc after all.
You probably know that zinc is a mineral which your body needs to stay alive, but do you know these weird facts about zinc? After we will explain zinc benefits and deficiency.