Eating a plant-based whole food diet offers a number of great healthy advantages. While this list will only contain seven of the biggest, there are dozens of advantages of eating primarily whole plant foods within your diet.
You don’t have to go fully vegan, like me, or even vegetarian to experience amazing benefits from your diet. If you’re currently eating lots of processed food, meat with every meal and dairy often, it may be time to try something new.
The western diet consists of many foods the human body gets very little nutrition from. While animal meat can help nourish the body, it’s incomplete. It doesn’t come with all of the nutrients you need to maximize the benefits like whole plant foods do.
If you’re sick of feeling tired and fatigues, a plant-based whole food diet could be the answer. Here’s my list of the seven most important health benefits associated with eating a diet consisting mainly of whole plant-based foods.
Lower Blood Pressure
Some might call it an epidemic in the United States as a huge number of Americans suffer from high blood pressure. However, when you eat a plant-based whole food diet, you’ll likely lower your blood pressure automatically.Plant foods are rich in #potassium, which helps to lower your blood pressure. Click To Tweet
Plant foods are rich in potassium, which helps to lower your blood pressure. Food, such as legumes, seeds, fruits, vegetables and whole grains all have high amounts of both potassium and Vitamin B6. Both of these nutrients help to lower your blood pressure.
In comparison, eating a diet filled with animal foods offers very little to no potassium. This type of diet can, and likely will, raise your blood pressure.
Better Overall Blood Sugar
A fiber-rich diet offers one of the best ways to fight high blood sugar. Fiber helps to slow down the rate of absorption for sugars in the blood and can help to keep you from feeling hungry all day long.
In addition, a plant-based whole food diet rich in fiber will help to keep your cortisol levels in check. This will keep stress at a lower amount and will help you get through the day without the typical ups and downs caused by a diet rich in animal foods.
Many diseases have been linked to animal foods and processed foods. Eating a plant-based whole food diet helps to prevent disease by not only eliminating the causes, but also adding in nutrients that help the body ward off disease.Eating whole grains and nuts help to prevent #cardiovasculardisease, along with eliminating meat and dairy. Click To Tweet
Eating whole grains and nuts help to prevent cardiovascular disease, along with eliminating meat and dairy. In fact, a British study shows that if you eat a vegan diet (no meat or dairy) you’ll reduce your risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
In addition, eating a plant-based diet helps to lower the risk of prostate cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis and many other harmful, widespread diseases of today.
One of the main reasons I am an advocate for a plant-based diet is the energy it gives you. I found the plant-based diet, which evolved into to me becoming a vegan out of my desire to gain more energy and productivity in my life.
A healthy plant-based diet offers a much higher level of energy for most. Many experience higher energy simply because their body is finally getting the nutrients it craves. In addition, as you shed unnecessary weight, you’ll gain more energy from a plant-based whole food diet.
One of the main benefits you’ll gain from eating more plant foods in your diet is lower cholesterol. Plants actually don’t contain any cholesterol, while one egg has twice as much cholesterol as an average fast food hamburger.
You may think you’re going heathy by eating fish instead of other meats. However, fish has just as much, sometimes more, cholesterol than other meats.
Eating plant foods, such as whole grains, seeds, nuts, vegetables and fruits help to lower your cholesterol, which helps to keep your body healthy. While a vegan diet has shown to be the best at reducing cholesterol, other forms of plant-based eating have also shown good results.
In my opinion, weight loss is never a good reason to choose a diet, if it’s your only reason. However, if it’s one of three or four reasons, you’ll likely find more success than going on a weight loss diet simply to shed some pounds.Eating a #plantbased whole food diet will help you shed unwanted weight in one of the healthiest ways possible. Click To Tweet
Eating a plant-based whole food diet will help you shed unwanted weight in one of the healthiest ways possible. When you eat a plant-based diet, you’ll be eliminating most of the food that cause people to gain weight and over eat.
Weight loss will happen naturally on a plant-based diet, especially if you’re eating plenty of raw and clean foods. Since you’ll be consuming more fiber, vitamins and minerals, you’ll likely see the excess weight start to come off.
Avoid Harmful Bacteria
Eating a plant-based whole food diet will help you to avoid many harmful types of bacteria. E.coli is found in contaminated red meat and can lead to blood in your stool. It can also compromise our immune system and cause illness or even death.
Salmonella is another bacteria found in animal products, most commonly in eggs and poultry. This bacterial can cause major gastrointestinal illnesses and food poisoning.
Both of these very harmful bacteria are fully avoided when you switch to a plant-based diet. You will eliminate the risk if you eliminate meat and dairy.Eating a #plantbased whole food diet offers a ton of healthy advantages. Click To Tweet
Eating a plant-based whole food diet offers a ton of healthy advantages. Along with the seven above, you’ll likely sleep better, enjoy a longer life and even enjoy healthier skin.
I switched to a plant-based diet and on to a vegan diet for many reasons. However, one of major reasons I made this choice was my desire for more productivity. I don’t want to just get by in life and we all have a choice to make.
If you want more energy, more productivity and a slew of other amazing health benefits, it’s time to cut the meat and dairy down to a minimum, or out of your diet. Switch to a plant-based whole food diet and enjoy the many healthy advantages today.