Veganuary has been quickly gaining popularity over the last few years, helping to spread the message around veganism and its benefits.
The charity encourages those who have not yet tried a vegan diet, to put the animal produce to one side and try to live life as a vegan for one whole month. Many will go on to become fully fledged vegans, but occasionally, the purely plant-based diets can have some adverse effects.
I stopped eating meat and my hair is falling out!
Some people have reported that a lack of meat in their diet has accelerated or even kick-started hair loss.
The hair loss noticed by these individuals will most likely be caused by a nutritional deficiency, causing hair to fall out prematurely. Many of those that dive straight into a vegan diet fail to do the proper research and planning to ensure they get all the vitamins and minerals they need.
It is possible to get everything you need from plant-based foods, but it may mean that you have to have a very varied mix of different grains, pulses, beans and vegetables; something that people fail to recognise. You may also have to eat more than you would normally, as plant-based foods can be significantly lower in calories.
How to take part in Veganuary and stay healthy
Don’t be put off by the extra legwork included in switching to a vegan diet. There are plenty of things you can do to make sure you get everything you need, without spending hours planning your meals, or spending a fortune buying health food products!
Take vegan specific supplements
Many vegans will take vegan specific supplements, that help to ensure they are getting all the nutrients they need. However, it should be stressed that these should be taken in conjunction with a balanced wholesome diet, they are not a substitute or scapegoat for a poor vegan diet.
Hire a nutritionist short-term
There are plenty of freelance nutritionists out there that can help you create an easy to follow a vegan diet plan for Veganuary and beyond. Although it may seem like an unnecessary cost, hiring a professional to help you navigate the world of veganism can help you to identify the best foods to eat to maintain your health.
Identify vegan sources of protein
A lack of protein in your diet could be one of the causes of your hair loss, as it is the key ingredient in happy, healthy hair!
With the absence of meat in a vegan diet, it’s important to identify the best plant-based sources of protein very early on. It may mean combining two different ingredients to be able to get everything you need, but that just means you’ll have even more variety in your diet!
What to do if you suffer severe hair loss
If you have been affected by severe hair loss, maybe from a past experience, there are plenty of things you can try to regain your hairs former glory.
The main being to alter your diet to make sure you are getting all the nutrients you need. As mentioned above, a dietitian or nutritionist will be able to put a plan together for you.
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