How to choose products to complement your vegetarian lifestyle

 

A vegetarian lifestyle isn’t just good for animals; it’s better for your health and the planet. Vegetarians are less likely to suffer from health concerns such as obesity, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, type II diabetes and some cancers. Many people choose to go vegetarian solely for environmental reasons; livestock farming is responsible for almost 20% of greenhouse gas emissions, not to mention widespread deforestation.

 

 

Some people are put off a vegetarian diet because they think it’ll be too restrictive and they’ll end up living on salad and couscous… In fact, going vegetarian can make your meals more interesting, as it forces you to break out of the meat and two veg mind set. 

 A vegetarian diet can provide all the vitamins and minerals you need, but, as with meat eaters, it can be a good idea to take a daily multivitamin just to be on the safe side. We offer a wide range of food supplements that are suitable for vegetarians. The BioCare Adult Multivitamin and Mineral Complex Biocare multi vitaminsis a great choice. Designed to be easily absorbed, the capsules provide all-round nutritional support and are free of artificial sweeteners, colours and flavourings. They don’t contain iron however, so you may also want to pop a daily iron supplement, such as the Terranova Easy Terranova iron supplementsIron 20mg Complex, if you’re prone to anaemia.

 If it’s your child who’s thinking about going vegetarian, you may be interested in our great tasting children’s multivitamins.

 We also stock a wide range of other vegetarian supplements designed to support specific health needs. A vegetarian diet can help to lower your blood pressure, but if it’s still a little high, the Nature’s Aid Beetroot Extract may be worth a look. The Vitabiotics Osteocare Liquid has been formulated to promote bone health, while the Aduna Baobab Superfruit Powder provides you with a real boost of antioxidants. 

Aduna superfruit powder

 If you’re worried about missing out on Omega oils when you go veggie, a flaxseed supplement is certainly worth considering. Nature’s Aid Flaxseed Oil is rich in Omega-3, which helps to keep your heart healthy. Flaxseed oil has also been found to be beneficial for rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. 

Of course, going vegetarian isn’t just about your diet. Animal by-products are frequently used in cosmetics, toiletries and household products. Cochineal (crushed beetles), guanine (fish scales) and gelatine are just some of the common ingredients you might want to avoid. At Big Green Smile, we stock a huge range of products that are suitable for vegetarians, from vegetarian skincare, to vegetarian cleaning products.

Our vegetarian toiletries range from the essentials, such as the Bulldog Roll On Deodorant, to luxury natural skincare, such as the Antipodes Apostle Skin-Brightening & Tone Correcting Serum.

Choosing natural, vegetarian skincare doesn’t mean you have to compromise on performance. The brands we feature are committed to delivering results. Green People, for example, have built up a loyal following, and have won more than 100 awards. The Green People Age Defy+ Tinted DD Green People Age Defy DD MoisturiserMoisturiser was named Best Foundation/Tinted Moisturiser in last year’s Beauty Shortlist Awards.

 Natural skincare brand Pacifica is vegan and cruelty-free. Their roll-on perfumes have proven particularly popular with customers. The Pacifica Tahitian Gardenia Roll On Perfume has received several five star reviews from buyers, and is free of phthalates, nitro-musks, benzene and other ‘nasties’. 

Pacifica roll on perfume

 When it comes to vegetarian cleaning products, we stock everything from toilet cleaner to laundry detergents. And, again, there’s no need to compromise on performance. Method is extremely popular with our customers. The Multi Surface Cleaner in French Lavender has attracted almost 300 reviews, with most people giving it the full five stars. Earth Friendly Products is another popular vegetarian cleaning brand. The Furniture Polish is a particular favourite in our office, as it has a lovely, subtle orange scent and the olive oil seems to really nourish wooden furniture.

 We want to make it as easy as possible to find vegetarian products. Whether you’re looking for organic beauty products, or vegetarian cleaning products, just tick the ‘vegetarian’ box under ‘criteria’ on the left hand side of the page. Alternatively, browse our vegetarian ranges using the following links:

 

Products certified by the Vegetarian Society.

Other vegetarian products.

 At Big Green Smile we’re committed to bringing you the best in natural beauty, organic skincare and eco cleaning products. We believe they’re better for you, your family and your home. Whether you want a natural, vegetarian lip gloss that’s free from parabens and other synthetic preservatives, or a natural kids’ toothpaste that’s rated the safest on the market,  we can offer you the widest selection of natural and organic products online in the UK. 

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