Today is world vegan day!! We would like to conclude this series on veganism by restating the long-term damage that a plant-based diet has had on our bodies. After following a plant-based diet, this is some of the long-term damage that our bodies have suffered:
- Long-term body damage: We found that we have experienced long-term damage to our bodies in multiple areas:
- Nerve damage: Lack of sensation or sensitivity has occurred. This is likely linked to a B12 deficiency, despite taking the supplements that should have stopped this from occurring. A lot of the damage sustained has been recovered from after 2 years on an omnivore diet.
- Hair loss: Some women in the group experienced female hair loss while vegan. There were other factors at play, including stress.
- Bone damage: Weak bones or thin bones has occurred. This is likely linked to a calcium deficiency. In-turn this could be associated with too much oxalate that blocks calcium absorption or inadequate vitamin D, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, magnesium, and boron necessary for efficient calcium absorption. If there is inadequate calcium coming into the body then the body will leech calcium from stores within the body, including bones and teeth. A lot of the bone damage sustained has been recovered from after 2 years on an omnivore diet.
- Dental damage: Weakened and damaged teeth is likely linked to a calcium deficiency, as described in ‘Bone damage’ above. Unfortunately, some of the damage is permanent and cannot be undone with specialized toothpastes or the best dentistry.
We entered into the vegan diet with the ethical mindset of compassion and love for animals. We thought that we would be following a healthy plant-based diet. Unfortunately the health benefits of a plant-based diet are overstated in the various documentaries and literature. The realities of the health impact are not stated at all. As listed above, some of the long-term damage from a plant-based diet is unrecoverable once the damage is done to your body.