Our diet influences our health. And lately, we have a lot of health problems – most because of a Western diet. Lots of meat, carbs and not enough fruits and veggies. Not nearly enough.
Vegan diet is considered the healthiest diet you can have. Today, we’ll talk about how can vegan diet improve your health, what are the health benefits of vegan diet and what is the easiest way to have a vegan meal 3-times a week with foods you already eat.
What Goes Around Comes Around
Human body is a complex mechanism of countless processes happening in this very moment.
But, luckily, it’s also very straightforward. You have to put good in to get good our.
Think of how much time did you spend researching schools before enrolling your child? Or looking for and test-driving cars before buying one? Or looking for apartment or house you’ll call home?
I’d reckon it took you quite a while to find the school you’ll be paying for next 10 years. The same goes for car, you probably want to drive it without a worry for next couple of years, the longer the better..and you want to spend it wisely.
And for home, well you need to feel good in your home, feel safe and happy. You’ll be raising family and ground your kids in it. Home needs to be, well home. So you spend a good deal of your time finding one.
Now, think of how long did you spend researching what you eat?
Not that much, eh?
The first and only home you will ever have is you body. You live in your body. Your body is your home, your house. Where are you going to live, where are you going to move when your body breaks down?
To keep you body, your very own home going: You have to put good in to get good our. You have to put good food in to get good health our.
Vegan diet can help you with that in the best way possible.
Health Benefits of Vegan Diet
According to Medical News Today, the top 3 leading causes of death in the US are: heart disease, cancer and asthma. (Source: Medical News Today)
The top 2 death causes are to some extent food related.
We’ll talk about more everyday related health benefits that we don’t pay attention to..but should.
Food can be the best or the worst thing for you. It can make your body fall apart or make it healthy and strong. Let’s focus on the latter.
Health Benefit #1:
Vegan diet is kind to arteries, heart and organs in general.
T. Colin Campbell (Center for Nutritional Studies), made a study. He examined hearts of American soldiers killed in action. On average, soldiers were 22 years old, young and fit.
The study showed that 77,3 % of the examined hearts had gross evidence of heart disease. 77.3% of young, fit people. Overweight and unfit people weren’t included in the study.
This got me thinking..I’m not particularly fit. I’m not out of shape either. I gladly accept occasional junk food weekend and a movie marathon. What are my arteries like?
Healthy eating is an important part of looking after your arteries, heart and organs. Meat, dairy products, saturated fat contributes to high blood cholesterol level. That means that, the excessive cholesterol we ate sits in our arteries. Also called fatty deposits or plaques.
This plaques mess up with blood flow to organs like kidneys, brain, etc., and if arteries leading to the heart are involved, the result can be a heart attack.
Vegans have lower blood-cholesterol levels because they eat less saturated fat and no cholesterol. This absence improves your arteries, lower the risk of heart disease and cancer.
Health Benefit #2:
Vegan diet is kind to your Gut.
Gut is the biggest yet most underrated organ. Gut is a headmaster of our body – nearly everything goes through gut. Your gut health affects your energy level, mood, mental health, etc.
Fiber is important for healthy gut, good and regular poo times and so much more – like helping to prevent diabetes. Vegans eat much more fiber than any other diet.
Fiber is found only in plant foods and it protects against colon disease and colon cancer. In fact, the entire gut environment is much different between meat eaters and those who eat mostly plant foods. Plant – based gut is much more balanced, healthy and lively.
Health Benefit #3:
Vegan diet is protective from inside out.
Apart from fiber for healthy gut, vegans eat lots of antioxidants – way more than people eating other diets. This is because, antioxidants are found in plant foods (they include certain vitamins, minerals, and non-nutrient components). Antioxidants protect cells from the damage caused by a normal, but harmful by-product of metabolism, called free radicals. There free radicals happens because of oxygen metabolism. So, if free radicals are villain, antioxidants are vigilante. Free radicals play a critical role in the development of cancer and heart disease.
Health Benefit #4:
Vegan diet is kind to Kidney.
Each day, the kidney filter the entire volume of blood in the body. Not just once but about 60 times a day (180 liters/day) in order to sift our and remove unwanted chemicals. (Source: Mcb Berkeley)
Diets high in total protein force the kidneys to work harder by pushing the number 60 even higher. This puts stress on the kidneys. Stress raises the risk of kidney problems.
Total or complete protein is often an animal protein and of course, vegans don’t eat anything animal related.
Vegan’s kidneys don’t have to work as hard as in other diets. High cholesterol levels can also play part to kidney disease, so the lower cholesterol levels of vegans might be protective as well.
Health Benefit #5
Vegan diet is kind to blood pressure.
You may hear vegetarians have lower blood pressures than omnivores. But you may not hear that vegans have lower blood pressures than vegetarians.
This is probably because all the above mentioned health benefits of vegan diet.
You Have To Put Good in To Get Good Out
A well-planned, balanced vegan diet cleans your body from being gummed up. Deciding to go vegan isn’t about being “a food drama” or being trendy. Vegan diet has been around for a very, very long time. In fact, human race started as a vegan.
We have lots of research and studies showing vegan diet has great, long-term health benefits. Dr Claus Leitzmann, a German dietitian said: “Studies on vegans, which have been done worldwide, and also by us, show clearly that vegans on the average are healthier than the general population. Body weight, blood pressure, blood fats and cholesterol, kidney function and general health status are more often normal.”
According to research of the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland, as well as studies carried our by French health researchers, about 92 % of toxins contained in food are derived from animal products.
Remember, “You have to put good in to get good our. “?
You don’t have to know everything about how vegans eat, to tell vegan diet is “good to put in”.
Vegan diet offer health protection, but you should know not every vegan diet is healthy. Like with other diets, vegan diet too, need to be balanced and nutrient rich. Planning healthy vegan diet isn’t difficult — just different.
You can have a vegan meal with what you already have in your pantry in no time.
On a pasta day, skip putting meat in a sauce and parmigiano as well. Instead, chop a carrot, green beans, some tomatoes and voila. You made yourself a vegan meal.
The same goes for rice dishes or risotto. Next time, make it with mushrooms and cashews.
If you’re a potato fan instead of grilling a steak, grill zucchini with rosemary and sesame seeds.
I hope you found the information that is useful to you. If you have any questions, want to share your experience or just chat on this topic, write a comment below. I’d love to hear your point of view!
Till next time,