Transitioning to a vegan diet can be challenging if not done correctly. Especially if you do not have the tools and resources to learn how to transition. One thing all vegans should be attentive of is making sure they are getting the proper amount of nutrients.
Although most essential nutrients can be found in plants, due to modern ways of living, people are becoming deficient in certain nutrients.
Vitamin B12 comes from a micro-organism found in soil. Humans and animals get this nutrient from eating foods from the ground. However, due to industrialized farming and the heavy use of chemical fertilizers, the produce found in supermarkets do not contain any B12. Because of this, we must supplement it with fortified foods or vitamins.
For extensive information on vitamin B12, check out this article written by The Vegan Society.
In today’s modern working environment, it is common that people don’t get out in the sun enough. Sitting out in the sun for 15 minutes a day will help you get a sufficient amount of vitamin D. If this is not doable on a daily basis, then taking a supplement would be beneficial.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3s are commonly found in fish and eggs. However, there are plenty of plant-based sources as well. Some of those sources include hemp seeds, flax seeds (ground), chia seeds, and walnuts.
There are plenty of plant-based sources of Iron out there. The issue with Iron is that it is not readily absorbed by the body when Vitamin C is absent. When looking for iron-rich sources to eat, make sure to pair them up with foods that are high in Vitamin C!
Zinc is found in abundance in grains and legumes. But, the anti-nutrient called phytic acid in those foods inhibits the uptake of zinc into the body. To remove this anti-nutrient make sure to soak the beans overnight or sprout them.
For more information on sprouting click here
Getting Tested with Health Labs
When was the last time you received a blood test?
If the answer is, “more than a year ago,” then it is time to check again. Sometimes we feel so good that we don’t consider we may have a deficiency. However, some deficiencies, like B12, don’t have side effects until levels reach a dangerously low amount.
Health Labs has an affordable vegan panel that is designed explicitly for deficiencies commonly found in people who eat a plant-based diet.
I took the blood test, and it was a very straightforward process. All you need to do is either click here or call 1(800) 579-3914 and order your vegan panel directly to your local lab.
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Eating a diversity in plant foods is the best method to maintain your health. Also, supplementing with Vitamin B12 is extremely important in today’s modern world. To ensure that you are supporting your health, make sure to get tested at least once a year. Taking this extra step can guarantee that you will not undergo any long-term issues.