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High Doses of Vitamin B12 Can Cause Acne: Vegans Beware

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Vegans need B12 supplements more than omnivores. But there’s one problem that I often hear about. There are tons of stories on social media that suggest there’s a link between acne outbreaks and taking vitamin B12 supplements. As it turns out, quite a bit of research backs this up. I’ll review it briefly and give you an idea of what you can do about it if you’re having acne issues as a...

Are You Eating Too Much Sugar on a Vegan Diet?

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Vegan diets are notoriously carb-heavy. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll also eat a lot of sugar, but it can. It’s a common question to wonder if you’re eating an unhealthy amount of sugar. I’ll try to clear this up in this short post. Fruit vs. Processed: The Source Matters The biggest thing to realize here is that sugar is sugar. Processed sugar is “bad,” while sugar from fruit might...

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...

Vegan Alternatives to Fish Oil (Cod Liver Oil or Krill Oil)

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With fish oil off the table, where do you get omega 3 fats as a vegan? There are really only 2 options. You can either get them through supplements, or from certain seeds. 1. Vegan Omega 3 Supplements Vegan omega 3 supplements derive omega fats from algae. That’s where fish get their omega 3 fats in the first place, so it’s not surprising that vegan omega 3 supplements are just as good...

Do New Vegans Get Diarrhea?

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New vegans typically do experience with their stools, but diarrhea itself is not that common. However, it does happen. I’ll go over a few other potential causes of diarrhea in new vegans here. Regardless, you should check with a doctor just to be on the safe side, and make sure that it’s not being caused by an underlying condition that isn’t related to being vegan. 1. Your Body Is Still Adjusting...

Dairy Withdrawal: Cause and Duration

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Just like meat withdrawal, many new vegans claim to experience dairy withdrawal. So even though it’s not a medically documented condition, there’s probably some truth in it. I didn’t drink much dairy before going vegan, so it makes sense that I didn’t experience anything of the sort. However, I’ve read many anecdotes and summarized the main causes for dairy withdrawal and what to expect...

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...

No Appetite As a Vegan? 4 Common Causes

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Studying appetite is fairly difficult to do, so there’s not a lot of research about it. However, having a lack of appetite as a vegan, particularly a new vegan, is a commonly reported problem. So while I can’t give you any clear answers from research, I can summarize the most common things that cause a limited appetite in vegans. Vegans Typically Eat Way More Volume When you first go vegan you’ll...

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...