What Really Happens To Your Body When You Go Vegan

What Really Happens To Your Body When You Go Vegan


Whether you’re a vegetarian and thinking of
taking things to the next level of animal-free eating, or a long-time carnivore getting ready
to start a completely plant-based diet, going vegan is a major life change. “What’s this?” “That is seaweed and lavendar.” “And this here?” “It’s a tofu brick with scallion wash.” Before switching over to veganism, you should
be aware of the major biological shifts that will likely happen when changing your diet
in such a drastic way. Don’t be alarmed when these changes go down—this
is just what happens when you go vegan. Decrease heart disease risk Numerous studies have linked vegan and vegetarian
lifestyles with a significantly decreased risk of heart disease. Fatalities from ischemic heart disease — the
kind characterized by coronary arteries narrowing or closing completely — have been shown
to be 26 percent less prevalent in vegans versus those who regularly eat meat. Scientists say this is likely due to the inflammation
caused to various digestive and circulatory parts as they process meat and animal products. Less meat means less inflammation, and less
inflammation means less heart disease. Weight loss A 2015 study found that going vegan generally
leads to weight loss — even if you aren’t necessarily looking to shed those pounds. In the first few months of an animal product-free
diet, subjects lost an average of 10 pounds. Skipping out on meat, eggs, and milk means
you’re significantly cutting down those calories and likely filling your gut with food that’s
probably healthier for you. A little bloating Abruptly quitting meat and animal products
leaves all of those digestive enzymes in your gut with nothing to do. With all the plant matter-digesting enzymes
suddenly extra busy, this could lead to a bacterial imbalance in the stomach, and that
manifests with bloating. But don’t worry about it—your body just
needs time to adjust. Things will eventually settle down, but in
the meantime, don’t be surprised if your digestive system takes care of bloat the way it always
does: with the release of gas from one end or the other. (Cartoon burps) “I feel alive!” A little muscle fatigue You probably know that protein is necessary
for building up and maintaining your muscles. Meat and eggs contain high amounts of protein
compared to most other foods, so it’s important as a vegan to get that protein from other
sources, like beans, nuts, tofu, and leafy greens. If you’re not getting any protein, your muscles
can weaken and shrink. “Huh?” The human body is able to absorb and use animal
protein much faster than it can utilize vegetable-based protein. Make sure you get enough protein throughout
the day, especially after exercise. It’s going to take you longer to recover,
because it takes your muscles more time to process those vegetable proteins. Try a vegan protein shake, as the body generally
processes liquids faster than solids. Bad taste Dietary zinc helps your tongue keep its potency,
and it’s a vital mineral for your sense of taste. However, it’s found primarily in red meat
and oysters, both of which are obviously off limits to vegans. Maintain your delicious sense of taste during
this new dietary choice by taking a zinc supplement. Just remember, not all supplements are animal-free! Thanks for watching! Click the List icon to subscribe to our YouTube
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