Plant-based diets have become very popular, mainly due to their health promoting effects, positive environmental outcomes and humane treatment of animals.
According to a 2003 position statement by the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada, a plant-based diet is “healthful, nutritionally adequate, and provide health benefits and treatment of certain diseases”.
This is quite a shift from their previous thinking stating that plant-based diets were unhealthy. In fact, more and more research is showing that plant-based diets can dramatically change health!
Below is a list of health conditions that benefit from a plant-based diet. Do you know anyone that suffers from these? You have nothing to lose and only health to gain…
Health Conditions That Respond To Plant-Based Diet
Hypertension, or high blood pressure effects many Americans. One of the chief causes of this are poor dietary habits, consisting of the high amount of animal products, high amounts of salt and sugar.
A plant-based diet is quite the opposite, consisting of fruit, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. With a traditional vegan diet, vitamin and mineral levels are high and phytochemicals, many of which reduce hypertension.
Type II Diabetes is another chronic disease that effects many Americans. Complications of type II diabetes include heart disease, kidney damage and/or failure, eye problems, skin conditions, hearing loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Plant based-diets dramatically reduce blood sugar levels and reduce the need for medications. In addition, there is research that compared plant-based diets to the American diabetic association’s recommended diet, and it shows that plant-based diets are much easier to follow and gets better results.
Heart Disease is the number one killer of all Americans. Plant-based eaters have a substantially less incidence of heart disease that the omnivore counterparts. In addition, heart disease can be reversed with a plant-based diet.
Cholesterol, a factor is determining heart disease risk is dramatically reduced when consuming plants.
Menstrual Pain is not a common condition that benefits from a plant-based lifestyle. It is interesting to note that most treatment for menstrual pain is taking over-the-counter medication with potential harmful side effects or just “sucking it up” and hoping that it passes.
However, there is research that indicates eating a vegan diet can reduce incidence and severity of cramps and pain. There is also evidence that stated that PMS symptoms can also be reduced.
If you suffer from these conditions, why not try a plant-based diet!
A vegan diet is extremely beneficial for controlling weight. There are numerous studies that show a drastic weight reduction when meat eaters are put on a plant-based diet.
In addition, studies looking at the overall weight of vegans compared to non-vegan show that vegans just weigh less! Studies also have shown that vegans have less body mass index than those that eat meat.
So, if you are looking to get that six pack or just weigh less, consider a vegan diet.
There is evidence that migraine headaches can be alleviated with a plant-based diet. Many Americans are effected with migraines. These can be very debilitating and cause extreme pain.
The only conventional treatment is medication, which can potentially have harmful side effects. Going vegan can decrease the need for potentially harmful medications and treat them naturally! Doesn’t sound bad, does it?
People always ask, “How do you get your calcium?”.Research shows that contrary to popular belief, vegan diets actually prevent osteoporosis and fractures.
Additional studies have confirmed that milk drinkers actually have less bone mass than non-milk drinkers, so milk consumption may actually cause weakened bones! Broccoli and spinach are excellent plant sources of calcium.
Eyes problems are another common ailment effecting the American population. Cataracts, Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma, can be reduced or eliminated by eating plant-based. Antioxidants, which are abundant in vegan diets can slow progression and prevent these conditions.
Almost every American has someone in their family affected by cancer. Plant based diets prevent prostate, breast and colon cancer. There has even been some research that shows that it can stop the progress or reverse the growth of tumor cells.
This is due to the high level of phytochemicals and the low amount of meat products consumed. If someone you love is given a finite about of time to live, why not try it?
Plant-based diets are very anti-inflammatory. This is very useful when recovering from an injury, especially during the initial healing process.
Combined with a punch of vitamins and minerals, plant-based eating can speed up recovery and get you back to the pre-injury condition in no time!
The anti-inflammatory effect of a plant-based diet also has shown benefit is patients with rheumatoid arthritis, which is a very painful inflammatory condition that effects the joints.
Plant-based diets slow the progression; so why not give it a try!
Vegans live longer! The average vegan lives three to six year longer than the average person on a non-plant based diet. What more is there to say, vegans, age slower!
As stated previously, a vegan diet contains high amounts of vitamins and minerals. These are really important for skin and hair.
Many plant based eaters say that when they switch to a vegan diet, their skin becomes clearer and hair stronger. Vitamins play an important role, but also the reduction of animal products, especially dairy, which has been shown to make worsen skin conditions.
Allergies are another thorn in the side of many Americans. Diets that contain less dairy and animal products have shown to be beneficial in reducing allergic-type symptoms from the environment and from foods.
Arthritis can be a painful and potentially debilitating condition that affects many older Americans. A vegan diet can reduce or eliminate pain associated with this condition, giving many their life back.
Vegan diets have also shown to improve kidney function. This is especially useful in those that suffer from diabetes and renal failure.
A plant-based diet reduces greenhouse gas emission more than all other types of vehicles combined. Raising animals for food accounts for over thirty percent of the Earth’s land mass.
Seventy percent of the grain grown feeds farm animals. Going vegan can make a dramatic impact on the environment. In addition will reduce the amount of food that is needed, potentially greatly reducing worldwide hunger.
Many of the rainforest being cut down to raise animals. This is where much of the Earth’s oxygen is produced. The more we cut down, the less oxygen that is produced.
A plant-based diet can change your health. Many of the top conditions that American suffers from can either be slowed or reversed by eating plant-based. Give it a try, all you have to gain is your health!
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