Vegan, Raw Food Influencer Dies of Suspected Starvation. Claimed She Didn’t Drink Water for 6 Years!
Zhanna Samsonova, a Russian vegan and raw food diet enthusiast and influencer, died last month of suspected starvation or malnutrition. Her diet was so extreme that she allegedly lived off of only fruits, sunflower seed sprouts, fruit smoothies and juices.
If you are vegan or follow a mainly plant-based diet, it’s likely you have been warned about the risk of developing a vitamin B12 deficiency and take a supplement to prevent this. But if you eat meat and still have a B12 deficiency, you may have a genetic mutation.
“You are what you eat” is a popular saying. I would like to modify that saying a bit to “You are what you eat and supplement.”
Her motivation for becoming a vegetarian was to be healthier. Her failure to evaluate her nutrients such as B12 may have led to her becoming unhealthy.
A young woman living in Manhattan named Kelly Rissman said all of her limbs went tingly and numb due to having a vitamin B12 deficiency
It can be difficult to keep up with all the food products that are readily accessible to us. Although it is great that we have so many options, we really need to do our research and make sure that we are getting the nutritional value we expect.
If you choose a plant-based diet, it’s important to be very proactive about making sure you get these two key nutrients: vitamin D and calcium.
In case you need a refresher, a vegan is someone who eats absolutely no animal foods. This includes meat, fish, eggs, dairy, gelatin and even honey. A vegetarian does not eat meat or fish, however, may eat what are called ‘secondary animal products.’ These products include eggs, milk, cheese, butter and other dairy products.
There is so much confusion about what exactly is considered healthy eating. For example, one of the biggest diet debates right now is whether animal foods (meat, dairy and eggs) are good for us and necessary in order for us to be nutritionally balanced or whether we should completely eliminate these foods and be vegan.
Black veganism. To some, this may sound like an oxymoron. Why? Well many people may assume that a black/African American vegan is actually very rare.
A vegan diet is a plant-based diet, completely void of animal foods like meat, seafood, eggs and dairy. Vegans eat a lot of fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains. Eating vegan eliminates many processed foods in the American diet, like donuts and baked goods, which may contain butter, milk and eggs. Furthermore, going vegan requires that you avoid foods containing animal-derived ingredients or additives, like gelatin, which is found in many candy products, Jell-O, marshmallows and other ‘not-so-good-for-you’ foods.
One way to be proactive about the health of your gums is adopting a plant- based diet. A whole plant-based diet is considered an anti-inflammatory diet (as opposed to a pro-inflammatory diet). And gingivitis is caused by inflammation, which is also believed to be the root cause of many ailments.
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