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The Power of Plants – Positive Health Benefits of Plant Based Eating

The Power of Plants

In recent years, plant-based diets have been viewed as the healthiest approach to eating. With most taking up this eating strategy to shred a few extra unwanted kilograms, plant-based diets have gained a lot of attention. What most people don’t know about vegan diets is that they offer a variety of other health benefits as well. These benefits include reducing the risk of developing serious health conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Later in this blog post, we will touch on a few of these in more detail and explain how eating plants can help you live a longer and healthier life.

 

For those who haven’t read our early posts about veganism, let me explain what a plant-based diet consists of. A plant-based approach to eating focuses on consuming only foods made from plants and not from animals. The usual menu of someone who follows a plant-based lifestyle includes all fruits, vegetables, legumes, seeds, nuts, whole grains, plant-based milk and healthy oils.

 

Making the Change to Plant Based Eating

Let’s take a look at just a small list of the health benefits you can enjoy when switching your eating to a planted based approach:

 

1.   Plant Based Foods are Richer in Vitamins and Nutrients

Plant-based diets have been proven to provide our bodies with more of the good stuff we need to stay fit and healthy. Nutrients and vitamins such as potassium, magnesium, folate and vitamins A, C and E are all big benefits vegans get from eating more plants and no animals. In addition, a plant-based approach is also higher in antioxidants, fibre and beneficial plant compounds.

 

To ensure that you get the most out of the plants and whole foods you are consuming, meal planning and researching is essential. Look into which foods contain the highest nutritional value and balance them with other ingredients to create tasty meals that will boost your health.

 

2.   Vegan Diet Can Lower Risk of Heart Disease

Animal meat and products can be high in saturated fats which, can contribute to weight gain and harm other aspects of your health. Studies have shown that vegans are a lot less likely to develop high blood pressure and also less likely to die from heart disease than their meat-eating friends.

 

By eating a well-structured plant-based diet that includes whole grains, legumes and healthy oils on top of loads of fruit and vegetables, you are reducing your chances of developing risk factors that can contribute to severe heart diseases.

 

3.   Plants that Improve your Mental Health

No one feels their best when their gut health isn’t amazing. Whether it be from eating a little more of the stuff we shouldn’t or indulging over the weekend, gut health has a massive impact on our mental health.

 

Gut bacteria thrive on fibre and, as we now know after reading about veganism, the best source of fibre in whole foods and plants. From switching your morning coffee to a green juice packed with leafy vegetables or changing the way you use dairy by subbing in plant-based milk, a planted-based diet can help you maintain a healthy tummy and therefore, help you maintain a healthy mind.

 

Eat more plants!

I hope that reading this blog is helping and motivating you to eat more plants. And keep in mind that moving to a plant-based/vegan is often way more successful if you do it in baby steps. Slowly progressing in the right direction is often a way better method than wanting to do it perfect from the start.