As is often the case with many things the internet is an absolute minefield of information when it comes to plant based diets. Standard misconceptions include that a vegan cannot adequately achieve a good protein intake, or that they will be deficient in minerals such as calcium and iron due to a lack of dairy products and red meat.
This short video (recorded live from my Facebook page) aims to provide a solid foundation, bust those myths and answer any additional questions. I will be hosting these question and answer sessions weekly at 6pm on a Monday so if you would like to participate or have a suggestion for a topic please follow Natural Nourishment over on Facebook. I include links below for supplements I mention, if you would like to discuss anything in more detail please feel free to contact me directly or comment below.
With healthy wishes,
- Viridian Liquid Vitamin D drops (they also have a version for children)
- Cytoplan Vegan D3
- Nature’s Own Vegan D3
IRON – It is essential that you do not begin supplementing with iron if you haven’t had your levels tested as symptoms of excess will mimic those of insufficiency, with both states being potentially harmful to your health.
CALCIUM – Adequate calcium intake should be easy achieve through your diet by including a variety of green leafy vegetables, broccoli, organic tofu, nuts, seeds and beans. If you are concerned about your calcium status it is much more important to look at factors that will increase your calcium losses – sugar, caffeine (especially coffee), salt and red meats (not a consideration for vegans of course). Limiting these and making sure your vitamin D, vitamin K and magnesium levels are all good will ensure that you are protecting your bone density.
If you are at an increased risk of osteoporosis or require calcium supplementation for an alternative reason please feel free to contact me and I’ll be happy to advise on an appropriate product for your particular needs.