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3/19/14 1:52 P

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I take vitamin b complex and d. I had a bad deficiency of d because of lack of sunshine too. I live near Seattle, WA and we get rain 8 to 9 months out of the year. If we get 7 days of sun in a row in the summer it is a rare treat.


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3/18/14 7:07 P

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Yes vitamin d is important too . Scotland UK is a very colds sunless place for most of the time even in the Summer !!! I do take vitamin d under tongue spray but I read that recent studies show that you can take too much in supplement form so just be careful not to overdo it . Apparently d3 is the best form to take . Look it up and see what the trend is.

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b12 will be all you need unless you don't get out into the sun every day. Then you may consider a Vitamin D supplement too. I live in Cleveland, Ohio and we rarely see the sun 4 months of the year and most people have to supplement those months.

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3/18/14 4:19 P

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emoticon Eat to live by Joel fuhrman is a great book also

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3/18/14 2:28 P

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Hello there and welcome, I think you are wise to take it one step at a time and take little steps to begin with . I am 76 and vegan and have never felt better in my entire life than I have done since ditching the dairy . I have been vegetarian for abbout 35 years but vegan only two . I suffered from bad arrythmia , high blood pressure , diabetes and was very overweight . However since becoming vegan my arrythmia ( I was booked for a pacemaker ) has disappeared, my diabetes is under good control , I have managed to lose 56 lb in weight and my blood pressure is well down so I DO BELIEVE in a vegan diet . There is a book called " Get Healthy Go Vegan " by Dr Neal Barnard that I can recommend as he puts the case very simply but in an informed manner . Follow that by " The China Study " by T Colin Campbell together with " The Chiina Study Cookbook " by Leanne Campbell and you will be well armed for your adventure into the vegetarian/vegan way of eating .
I live in Scotland U K and because the weather is never very warm I grow micro greens in my kitchen which supliments my diet. I would however suggest that you take a b12 supliment if possible or make sure you get b12 added foods such as yeast extract or nutritional yeast that is fortified with b12 as this is likelt to be the only vitamin yoou will need to get outside a vegan diet.
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Hello, my name is Alicia and I am 28 years old living in Norther Connecticut (USA). I am currently at 307 lbs with high blood pressure and high cholesterol. (no other illnesses as of this point) I am working hard to get rid of the weight and live a healthier lifestyle and am considering becoming vegetarian, not only for the health benefits but as a Pantheist I feel it is the right thing to do. If a vegetarian diet is successful for me then I may go full blown vegan in the future but I want to take it a step at a time. What I was wanting to know though is are there any special supplements/vitamins I should be taking along with giving up meat? - My personal weightloss blog
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