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Side Effects of the Vegan and Vegetarian Diet
What are the possible side effects of a vegetarian or vegan diet?
Both Vegan and Vegetarian diets can be extremely healthy, and indeed many people embark upon the meat and/or dairy free lifestyles for this reason. Without proper care and attention however these diets can have severe unintended Side Effects.
Nearly all the side effects to do with these diets are formed around malnutrition for Vegetarians this tends to focus on proteins and iron deficiency. Vegans on the other hand suffer from Protein, Iron and Calcium deficiencies.
These are all easily avoidable by following some basic vegetarian and vegan diet advice. The important thing is to eat healthily, maintain a balanced diet and ensure the foods that you are eating encompass the full range of your bodies needs!
The best way to do this is to arm yourself with a wide range of vegan and vegetarian recipes which give you your daily required nutrition. This seems like a lot of extra work to begin with, but believe me pretty soon you will have some fantastic vegan and vegetarian recipes memorized!
The only other real side effect that comes from these diets is a slight build up of methane inside your body, so expect to feel a little more gassy (At both ends) once you take up the vegan or vegetarian diet!
How do I spot vegan side effects?
If you are concerned that you may be suffering some il health due to your vegan diet, there's a few things you can look out for.
Doctors can test you for common dietary nutrition deficiencies, iron is especially common. Feelings of lethargy, and wounds taking a long time to heal can also indicate ill health due to diet.
If you are worried, you can also try to improve your vegan diet by expanding the range and variety of foods you eat. Many vegans suffer because they don't like to eat especially dark leafy greens, or legumes. This is fine, but this can also often lead to a lack of nutrients if they are not replaced by other foods
How do I treat side effects of the vegan diet?
First off, always consult a doctor, or at least a health specialist, if you have health concerns. Primarily this is because what you think is the problem, may not actually be the cause of your issues.
Treating side effects of the vegan diet, is nearly always a dietary fix. Check that you are covering all your nutritional needs, and take broad supplements to help fill the gap, at least in the short term. If this doesn't make a difference quickly, you need to visit a medical professional.
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