Health Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

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What Is A Plant-Based Diet? A plant-based diet is a dietary approach that emphasizes minimally processed foods from plants. Ideally, these foods are consumed raw, but you can enjoy a lightly cooked meal at the end of the day.

What Foods Can You Eat? Your diet will center around fruits and vegetables with added herbs and nuts. Your diet will be high in fibrous complex carbohydrates, simple sugars (fructose) from fruits and nuts that are high in protein and other healthy fats, and a great substitute for meat.

Health Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

Weight Loss – A plant-based diet consisting of whole raw foods, with no (or minimal) processed sugars and low in fat, will certainly promote healthy weight loss. Your diet will also include a higher percentage of vitamins, minerals, and fiber compared to diets containing animal proteins and animal fats. A well-planned plant-based diet has the potential to help you lose 4-5 pounds over a two-week period.

Reduced Risk Of Cancer – A plant-based diet high in antioxidants helps rid your body of toxins and may also protect you from free radicals and immature malignant (cancer) cells.

Healthier Immune System – About 80% of your immune system is located in your “gut” or digestive system. If your digestive system and elimination path are clogged, then your immune system will be adversely affected and you will be susceptible to many diseases and common ailments. Plants are high in fiber, and when fiber passes through your digestive tract it adheres to food particles, waste and toxins that have built up along the sides of your intestinal wall and helps eliminate this waste from your body. Once removed, your immune system can function normally and protect you.

Reduced Risks Associated With Diabetes – A plant based diet does not spike your blood sugar levels as many other “added sugar” conventional foods do. Fruits do contain naturally occurring sugars (mainly fructose), but unless you are binging on pineapples, bananas or orange juice, you should rarely experience blood sugar and insulin spikes.

Anti-Aging Properties – The antioxidants found in a plant-based diet also help to protect you from the free radicals that contribute to aging. Free radicals cause cell damage both internally and externally, and eliminating them can help you to avoid age related diseases, and keep you looking and feeling young.

Improved Cardiovascular Health – Heart disease is often caused by high cholesterol levels in the blood which can block and narrow the arteries. This cholesterol originates in animal proteins (meat) and dairy products. Plants do not contain unhealthy fats or cholesterol.

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