Being vegan means you do not eat any meat, fish, or dairy. It is a nutrient rich diet, but low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Although many individuals talk highly about being vegan, it is important to know some of the risks before you decide to get into it.
Let’s go over some of the downsides to being vegan.
Measuring calories is harder to do with plant-based foods, versus meats and dairy. So, if you are following a vegan diet, it can be hard to know if you are eating enough for your body. This can lead to low energy levels. You need to ensure you are eating a substantial amount when following the diet. This way, your body will still get enough nutrients to keep you energized.
Your body may be used to receiving the nutrients from meats and dairy. Usually, soy is one source that vegans will include in their diet as a dairy alternative. But, excessive amounts of soy can impact your hormone balance. This can lead to skin breakouts, hair loss, and irregular menstrual cycles. Make sure you are not overeating certain foods, like soy. Try to find other alternatives so your body does not get too much of one thing.
Mean is a significant source of iron. Plant-based foods tend to have very little iron in them. So, it is not uncommon for vegan’s to have an iron deficiency. Make sure you take supplements or have alternative foods high in iron so your body receives its daily requirement of iron.
To learn more about keeping your body healthy, visit your nearest Herbal One Centre and speak to one of our nutrition counsellors.
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