Plant-based diets have been linked to a multitude of health benefits, including weight loss, increased metabolism, and better heart health! In fact, the healthiest people in the world living in Blue Zones are considered to eat plant-based. This style of eating is packed with vigorous and healthy nutrients that improve and safeguard your health.
Keep in mind that a plant based diet does not mean you are vegetarian/vegan specifically. You can still eat predominantly plant based foods while incorporating some animal based foods. Typically, this is what I recommend, also... and you see it in my 8 secrets to a lifetime of healthy eating download to use the plate method and eat 50% green (i.e. fruits/veg) at every meal.
Here are some other reasons you can benefit from a plant-based diet.
Diets high in animal foods have been linked to higher blood pressure and a higher risk of heart disease due to their high fat and salt content. A plant-based diet is low fat and low calorie, but high in potassium, which may help lower blood pressure. Potassium also reduces the onset of stress and anxiety that results from high blood pressure.
A diet too heavy in protein and saturated fat has also been linked with high cholesterol and it is considered harmful to your health. Switching to a healthier plant-based diet may significantly reduce your body’s LDL cholesterol levels. A plant-based diet of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and seeds contains little to no cholesterol and has been shown to drastically improve heart health and performance.
Sustained high blood sugar is harmful and can aggravate your cravings for glucose-loaded meals. High blood sugar can cause a deterioration in blood circulation and heart and liver function if not addressed. Animal-food heavy diets can exacerbate your blood sugar and impede the proper functioning of your organs. Plant-based diets, on the other hand, have been shown to help reduce high blood sugar levels and manage appetite by slowing the absorption of glucose in your bloodstream.
Recent studies have suggested that high levels of accumulated proteins may lead to the development of carcinogens (cancerous cells) in your body. An all natural, whole-food, and low-fat diet may help substantially reduce your risk of cancer.
Plant-based diets can be extremely effective in reducing and managing weight. Clean, whole and raw foods increase your body's metabolism and ability to build healthy tissue. Plant-based diets are comprised of minerals, fibers, and vitamin that your body needs to shed weight and function at its peak. Some studies have shown that individuals who maintain a strictly plant-based diet have been able to lose between five and seven pounds in just two weeks. The healthy components of a plant-based diet provide your body with the nutrients it craves, helping to satiate the desire for protein-heavy meals loaded with sugar and fat.
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Laura Nurse, BBA, ND
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