Stricter than being a vegetarian, veganism is a growing movement among people who don’t want to consume anything sourced from an animal-meat, milk, eggs, etc.-either for ethical or health-related reasons. The diet consists mostly of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seeds, nuts and beans.
This is an antioxidant-rich way of eating, and your skin “breathes” because there are no heavy foods to digest. However, this diet can be low in calcium, iodine, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins B12 and D, which is why many nutritionists recommend supplements to vegans.
The potential lack of protein in a vegan diet could cause skin to become sallow and dull. Although most vegans rely on beans and soy as their main sources of protein, some experts say that these may not provide the same skin benefits as what’s found with meat-based protein.
Additionally, there is less vitamin D in a vegan diet, which is necessary for strong bones. A lack of it could lead to earlier bone loss and, therefore, premature facial aging.
To help counteract the nutritional gaps in a vegan diet, try taking a supplement or multivitamin on a daily basis so your body isn’t robbed of the nutrients it needs to let skin look and function optimally.
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