Becoming vegan was a gradual transition for me (although I should say not too drastic from my previous lifestyle) that began approximately 2 years ago. Overall I feel many of the typical health benefits of going vegan- lighter, happier, better sleep, mental clarity, stable mood and energy levels, etc. I love this choice and have no desire to go back. But- despite feeling overall happy and healthy, I also feel that my immune system seems to have suffered (not necessarily because of veganism, but the timing is quite accurate and I can't think of anything else in my life that has really changed during this period).
I used to be 'that person' who almost never got sick, never missed a day of work, with no health problems at all.
About 6 months into cutting out all animal products, I began to catch whatever cold or flu was going around quite quickly. I developed a patch of eczema, am dealing with another persistent skin infection, and had a couple warts pop up. I started to feel an irregular heart rhythm and palpitations which I'd never before experienced. I've seen a cardiologist and my doctor and had multiple tests done, but nothing shows as being wrong or deficient. I currently have strep throat for the first time and am off work for a week. A few months ago I had a bad cold that took me off work for a week as well. This is after years of having no skin issues and never being sick for more than a day or two.
My question is whether anyone else experienced a lowered immune system after making a dietary change. I can understand some initial 'detox' symptoms, but mine seem to be getting more frequent.(Although maybe it's just bad luck!) I'm not anaemic, but my iron level is on the lower side, so maybe I will start with supplementing that? I feel that in general I follow a very healthy vegan diet but maybe I am missing something.
Any feedback is much appreciated- thanks in advance!