People nowadays are very diet conscious. This is why we enroll ourselves to different diet programs that we think would be best for us. One of the most famous among all the diet programs is the vegetarian diet. Yes, following this type of diet program can help you maintain a good and fit body but with supplements, it can further enhance your body’s agility.
Here I have listed some points where supplements can further enhance what your veggie diet can offer.
- Know Your Type – Most of us are not aware of the fact that this kind of diet can be further categorized to different types. The most common would be the vegans. Vegans don’t eat any meat, dairy products, and processed foods. Raw vegans are the ones who only eat veggies that are heated for as low as 46 degrees Celsius. People who follow the macrobiotic or Pescatarian type of vegetarian diet eat unprocessed vegan foods. They are known for consuming Asian and sea vegetables. Sometimes, they also eat fish. Lacto-ovo-vegetarians are the ones who exclude meats in their diet but they eat eggs and dairy products. This type has two Latin words (Lacto-milk, ovo-egg) in which the absence of one means excluding the type of food it represents. Lastly, Flexitarians are those who have mostly veggie intake but occasionally eat meats.
- Know and Address What You Lack – yes, veggies do help us get fit and avoid certain kind of diseases, but without the necessary nutrients, our body might fluctuate as time passes. There are a number of vitamins and minerals vegetarians lack, namely: vitamin B12, protein, calcium, and iron
B12 – Most vegetarians (Vegans, Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian, microbiotic) lack vitamin B12. This micronutrient is needed for our blood and cells to function well. It is said that it is through bacterias that B12 is made. But how can it be transferred to us? Simple. Once animals like pigs or chickens eat foods contaminated with B12, it is transferred to them, then to us who consume them. Intake of such vitamin is necessary in order to avoid health problems like anemia and internal damages.
Supplement: nutritional yeast or B12 extract
Protein – As we all know, meats are the best source of protein. This enables us to have healthy muscles and have energy for our daily work.
Supplement: eggs, legumes, nuts, mushrooms, avocados
Calcium– this goes hand-in-hand with protein. As one take protein rich foods, that person’s Calcium level is high. Sadly, vegetarians lack Calcium in their system.
Supplement: broccoli, calcium-fortified soy milk
Iron – iron can be found in both meat and veggies, the only difference is their ability to bind and stay inside your system.
Supplement: Basil, Thyme, Black Tea
- Fruits – Fruits also help us get the nutrients we lack and need. Citrus fruits like oranges give Vitamin C for better resistance. Most fruits also serve as anti-oxidants that helps prevent “poisoning” our body.
- Multivitamins – When you think the abovementioned supplements won’t work for you (which I doubt), you can take multivitamins that would help give and restore the vitamins and nutrients you need for better and healthier you.
We all want to have the perfect body shape and perfect health. Whatever diet you choose, remember to have it balanced. The vegetarian diet sounds good for most of us, but it also has its pit holes that should be addressed to attain our goal. Remember to have a balance diet and exercise to better strengthen our bodies.
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