BENEFITS OF EATING A PLANT BASED DIET

Plant based Diet includes pizza

A plant-based diet can detoxify the body of pollutants associated with a meat and dairy full diet. Even if you took one step towards eating more plant-based in your diet you could help to lengthen your lifespan. And yes you can definitely eat a great pizza on a plant based diet.

Eating meat and other animal products are also associated with weight gain something that we all are trying to avoid. It also leads to a shortened lifespan and other negative health effects such as diabetes and coronary heart disease.

This is because meat contains a high amount of saturated fat, trans fats, sulfur dioxide, arachidonic acid, and heme iron which are all toxic to our bodies.  Heme Iron is the bad for us iron that we ingest when eating meat. Meat, fish, dairy, and eggs increase exposure to dietary antibiotics, industrial toxins, mercury and other toxic heavy metals, advanced glycation end-products (AGEs), cadmium, xenoestrogens in fish, and estrogenic meat carcinogens which have an aging effect on the body. With age, especially aging caused by a poor diet life threatening illnesses are inevitable.

Contrary to popular myth, vegans have healthy bones and higher blood protein levels than omnivores. Most vegans get more than enough protein. Legumes and pulses are a valuable source of protein. Vegans and Vegetarians can also obtain protein form Spirulina and Chia Seeds.

Studies have shown that within a few weeks of participation on a plant based diet participants experienced improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol and insulin levels, insulin resistance, and C-reactive protein levels.

Plant based Vegans have fewer nutrient deficiencies than average omnivores while maintaining a lower body weight without losing muscle mass. Those eating plant-based diets appear to experience enhanced athletic recovery without affecting the benefits of exercise. The arteries of vegans appear healthier than even long-distance endurance athletes and those on low-carb diets. Image result for b12 supplements

There are two vitamins not available in plants: vitamins D and B12. There is a serious risk of B12 deficiency if no supplements or B12-fortified foods are consumed. Always take a reliable vitamin B12 supplement, do not rely on fortified fioods for your vitamin B12 supply. The only reason meat contains B12 is because the animals have consumed it and not because that’s where it comes from.

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Two other nutrients to monitor are iodine and zinc. Yeast- or algae-based long chain omega 3 fatty acids are also considered be beneficial, but not technically vegan.

Current medical training continues to under emphasize nutrition education, meaning patients often do not receive information about all of the options for treatment. Doctors report they don’t practice preventative cardiology because they fear their patients won’t change their diet. Kaiser Permanente has begun more aggressive efforts to inform his patients about the advantages of a plant-based diets.

Vitamin D is a nutrient found in some foods that is needed for health and to maintain strong bones. It does so by helping the body absorb calcium from food and supplements. People who get too little vitamin D may develop soft, thin, and brittle bones, a condition known as rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults.

Vitamin D is important to the body in many other ways. Vitamin D is required by muscles in order  to move, for example, nerves need it to carry messages between the brain and every body part, and the immune system needs vitamin D to fight off invading bacteria and viruses. Together with calcium, vitamin D also helps protect older adults from osteoporosis. Vitamin D is found in cells throughout the body. Vitamin D is activated by Sunlight, make sure you get out walking each day even if it is for ten minutes.

If significantly more people moved to plant-based diets, medicare costs could go down by billions of dollars throughout the western world. A move from animal based diets to a plant-based diets will also help lessen greenhouse gas emissions and have a significant impact on the environment and global warming.

We know that the transition from animal to a plant based diet is a hard one, especially considering what we’ve been told by our parents, doctors, teachers and the medical industry. We can however should you vast amounts of research that confirm that a plant based diet significantly increases the health and well-being of an individual.

There is a rather interesting talk on the dangers of eating meat which was given to the Hawaii vegetarian society by Dr Oliveira on the dangers of eating meat.

Dr. Oliveira explains how a whole food, plant-based diet changes the way genes are turned on and off to promote longevity.  A closer look into the Blue Zones and the Mediterranean diet reveals why it works. (Hint: It is not the fish, the olive oil, or the wine!)

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For a great Plant based, vegan pizza recipe you have to look no further. Click on the link below and it’ll take you straight there.

Vegan Plant Based Pizza