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Iodine, calcium and a vegan lifestyle

Iodine, calcium and a vegan lifestyle | Waste free living with HarassedMom

One of the most common concerns when it comes to a vegan lifestyle is that you don’t consume enough vitamins and minerals on a daily basis.

It is assumed that the only source of calcium is dairy and it’s related products but this is not the case. It is possible to get enough calcium from plant based sources.

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What about iodine?

Iodine helps make the thyroid hormones, which keep cells healthy. A lack of iodine is not just a concern for vegans but for everyone, even those who eat meat.

Iodine can be found in a range of foods, but they are not generally common foods.

Sources of iodine include.

  • Iodised salt
  • Seaweed
  • Cereals and grains that have been grown in iodine rich soil.

While iodised salt may be a part of your daily diet, most people limit the amount of salt they consume (and rightly so) and for many of us, seaweed doesn’t really form a part of our regular meal plans – so how do you get iodine? It is suggested that you take a regular iodine supplement.

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