5 Benefits of Eating a Plant-Based Diet
Good nutrition is based and is plentiful in quality fruits and vegetables. Quality in this sense describes seasonal, fresh and predominantly organic items. Eating quality food guarantees and augments the possibility of receiving all the vital nutrients, vitamins, and minerals required to aid our bodies in functioning well.
As we select our food, it is crucial we consider from where it is sourced, what it contains and the process it has gone through to get to our grocery stores and restaurant tables. No two foods are created equally, and as the overall quality of our agriculture decreases, it becomes even more important to properly source and select our food choices.
A good diet, then, is composed of wholesome nutrient-rich raw and cooked fruits, vegetables, seeds, legumes and whole grains. As we seek out nutrient density, this is where a plant-based diet becomes extremely advantageous.
I, myself, have been eating a plant-based diet for three years. Before then, I still ate well, but since switching over and becoming more knowledgeable about nutrition and the essentiality of getting nutrients; I have seen extreme improvements in my overall health and well-being.
Plant-based diets can look different for everyone. At its core; plant-based diets prioritize and incorporate a variety of fruits and vegetables to reach and maintain full nutrient needs. This means getting your nutrients from plants more often than getting your nutrients from meat, dairy or eggs.
Personally, I aim to maintain a plant-based vegan diet rich in raw, cooked and steamed vegetables. Three to four times a month I will also consume eggs and salmon, usually during and around my time of menstruation. It helps keep my diet exciting, keeps my body responds to new foods and have found it to enable a better hormonal balance.
Overall, a plant-based diet is a seamless way to improve your health and reach various wellness or physique goals. Here are some of the reasons plant-based diets are great.
1. Decreases the likeliness of consuming GMO's, pesticides and food additives
Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables that are predominantly organic, sourced locally or outside of the bracket of 'must-be-organic' lessens the likelihood of consuming harmful or modified items. When we large amounts of meat and dairy, we become more susceptible to harmful hormones and changes in our bodies molecular structure. Remember, our cells and tissue are created and repaired from the food we eat. While you can source higher quality meat and dairy, it is not as sustainable when compared to eating plants. Even at this point, consuming meat still has effects on our body that are unchangeable whether it is sources quality or not.
2. Improves digestion and nutrient absorption
Eating food truly means nothing if we are unable to effectively digest and absorb he nutrients we are consuming. This is where gut health becomes so important. Measures of improving out gut health including consuming foods that maintain a balanced pH in our bodies, allowing the right amount of acid to live and break down our food.Eating plants that are rich in fiber improves the breakdown of food as the molecular structure and natural enzymes found in plants makes them easier to digest.
3. Expedites sustainable weight-loss
Consuming whole foods generally, consists of a better nutrient density relationship. Nutrient density refers to the measure of calories a food contains in comparison to the nutrients within. Eating more plants, legumes and seeds become desirable as they are often lower in calories, high in nutrients and help support the body better when weight-loss is the intended goal.
When we replace the calories we would consume from animal products with plants, we increase more nourishment. By providing our bodies with the nutrients they need, they will naturally heal themselves and regulate to the ideal weight for our bodies to thrive and reach optimal longevity. By consuming more fiber, vitamins, and minerals than animal fat and protein, we more readily reach satiation. This means less hunger, cravings, and reduces the chances of grabbing dense foods that lack nutrients.
4. Improves total health profile
Beyond maintaining a good weight, eating a plant-based diet also lowers the risk of diseases such as cancer, lowers blood pressure and lowers cholesterol. It effectively improves our overall health profile by, again, giving our bodies what it needs to properly heal themselves. Our bodies are intelligent. They naturally want to be healthy in order to live long and prosper (I had to), by restoring and mending damage within the body. Yes, when we eat poorly, do not exercise and live stressful lives; we are DAMAGING our bodies and decreasing our health. To stay healthy, then, our bodies can only do so much until they become sick. We can reverse disease by replacing the damaging variables with good things.
5. Better skin and brighter eyes
Beauty works inside out. This goes beyond just what we consume, but here what we consume is what we become, When we eat well, our bodies have to do less work to rid our bodies of toxins and harmful chemicals. Eating a rich diet full of micronutrients and items free from radically altering molecules; improves our body's ability to maintain healthy cells and organs. Yes, our skin is an organ in case you forgot! When we eat poorly or eat too many animal products, our bodies have to work hard to push the toxins from our bodies. Often times, this can show up on our skin. While other factors contribute to skin problems, eating a plant-based diet may improve the overall condition by reducing the stress on our bodies.
Don't just take my word for it. Research the world wide web for validity, or better yet, try eating a plant-based diet yourself to test the benefits.
Thank you for reading.