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5 Vegan Alternatives to Honey For Sore Throats

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There’s some evidence behind honey being good for a sore throat. But, we’ll need to find alternatives since it’s not an option for vegans. I’ve compiled all the alternatives I could find. Most don’t have any research or evidence backing them up, but they could be worth a try. Vegan Lozenges If you want something that is sure to be effective, stick to proven medicine. There are...

Can Being Vegan Cause Fainting?

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This isn’t a topic that is studied a lot. It’s typically a symptom of some condition or disease. I’ve come across some anecdotes of why people were fainting (or feeling like they were about to) as vegans, and I’ll summarize them for you. However, this is not medical advice, and fainting is a serious enough symptom that you should go see a doctor for it. Causes of Fainting...

Can A Vegan Diet Cause Low Blood Pressure?

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This is a problem that I can relate to directly. The single time that I haven’t been able to donate blood was because my blood pressure was actually too low. It’s not a common problem, but it does happen. Now, based on studies, vegans do have significantly lower blood pressure than in non-vegans. In most cases, if there are no symptoms, it’s not a problem. However, it’s still a...

Reasons a Vegan Diet Might Cause Heartburn (GERD)

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By going vegan, you’ve already eliminated many common triggers of heartburn like meat and milk. However, it’s still possible to get acid reflux on a vegan diet. I’ll go over a few of the most common reasons for it in this post, but if this is a serious recurring issue for you, you need to see a doctor. There could be an underlying condition that’s causing the problem that should be addressed...

Can a Vegan Diet Help Treat Ulcerative Colitis?

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Vegan diets are well known as an effective tool against autoimmune diseases because they lower inflammation. Since ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), it’s a reasonable thought that perhaps a vegan diet can help manage the symptoms of it as well. While there’s not much published research on this specific topic, I did find some research that I’ll summarize for you here...

Why Is My Cholesterol High If I’m Vegan?

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People who eat vegan diets typically have lower cholesterol levels. But some don’t. Even though there’s no cholesterol in plants, some vegan foods still affect cholesterol production inside your body. Additionally, diet is only one factor that affects cholesterol. I’m going to summarize relevant studies so that you can get a complete understanding of the situation. Note that this is not...

Paleo vs Vegan for Autoimmune Disease: Which is Better?

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This was a particularly interesting question I came across because before I went vegan, I ate a pretty standard Paleo diet (I even wrote for sites like Paleohacks). I recently did a bunch of research to find how a vegan diet affects autoimmune disease, so it seemed only natural to tackle this question. At the end of it all, I found a clear winner: for those with or concerned about...

Eating a Vegan Diet for Autoimmune Disease Treatment (Study Summary)

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The idea that a vegan diet can help those with autoimmune diseases is not a new one. It’s been studied for decades. The idea behind it is that vegan diets are associated with lower levels of inflammation, while autoimmune diseases (where the immune system attacks healthy tissue) leads to inflammation and damage to various tissues. While a vegan diet isn’t a cure, it can help manage pain and...

Vegan Cholesterol Sources: How Vegans Get Their Cholesterol

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There’s actually not any cholesterol in any plant. Does that mean that vegans have no cholesterol?  Of course not, all people need some, you just don’t too much. Instead of getting cholesterol from foods, vegans make all their own from certain fats in our diets. I’ll go over which foods vegans indirectly get cholesterol from in just a second. First, a quick refresher on...

Can a Vegan Diet Reverse Cancer? (Study Summary)

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Many people claim that a vegan diet can not only help prevent cancer, but also reverse (or treat) it. However, these claims often don’t come with sources backing them up. I decided to do a bit of digging into the subject to find relevant studies.  I’ll summarize what I found here. Vegan (and Vegetarian) Diets and Lower Cancer Risk Most of the research done around vegan diets and cancer is...