Side Effects of Following a Plant Based Diet

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Let’s look at what eating more plant-based foods can do for the body.

Several things happen when we eat foods such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and nuts & seeds. Studies have shown that bad cholesterol is lowered, brain functionality is improved, and overall health is elevated.

Not only can these foods improve the body, they can also reverse inflammation and disease according to Dr. Milton Mills, a medical doctor in Washington D.C.

Dr. Mills further states that diets that are high in animal foods are associated with higher levels of chronic disease and earlier death.

Therefore, increasing the consumption of plant-based foods is highly beneficial for optimum health.

What About Protein?

A common myth regarding protein is that you can’t get enough by eating primarily plant-based foods.  But most plant foods have protein, as well as other essential nutrients and vitamins.

The Institute of Medicine suggests that we should obtain no less than 10% of our daily calories from protein and no more than 35%.

Therefore, advising 56 grams per day for men and 46 grams per day for women.

It is commonly known that eating plant based can encourage a healthier digestive system.  However, there are a few positive side effects to following a this type of lifestyle.

  1. Reduces Cholesterol in the Body

Dr. Michael Klaper, a physician who encourages plant-based eating for health, made a comparison of animal fats and plant fats.  He explained that animal fats contain cholesterol and are highly saturated.  These fats cause clogging of the arteries because they remain solid inside of the body.

On the other hand, plant fats contain no cholesterol, are poly and mono unsaturated, and when these fats are inside the body they turn to liquid.

For example, olive oil is liquid and remains liquid inside the body, allowing it to be absorbed as needed and flow as it should.

However, animal fat is solid inside and outside of the body (think of the fat on steak or chicken when raw and cooked).   When consumed, it remains solid, therefore, causing it to possibly clog the arteries.

Therefore, eating more plant-based protein allows the body to absorb the necessary vitamins and nutrients while eliminating necessary waste from the body, easily.

  1. Inflammation Is Reduced

Foods that are more processed, such as meats, sugars, dairy and junk foods increase inflammation throughout the body.  When these foods are ingested, they cause chronic swelling that can lead to diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

  1. Mood Changes

Medical doctors, at a nutrition in medicine conference, claimed that patients who were following this type of lifestyle were in a happier mood and had increased energy.

A healthy body is a body that feels good, functions better and encourages vitality in the mind, body and spirit.

  1. Less Prone to Allergies

People who follow diets that are meat-based tend to have more issues with chemical allergies, drug allergies and food allergies, according to a study performed by the California Seventh-day Adventists.

They also found that those who followed a meat-based diet suffered more allergic reactions to pet dander, pollen and dust.  Their studies concluded that a plant-based diet was a much better alternative.

  1. Natural Weight Loss

A beautiful side effect of eating healthy foods is weight loss. Without a trip to the gym or diet pill, you can reduce unnecessary pounds, naturally.

It is simply less of a struggle to lose weight when the body obtains the necessary foods needed to function, without foods that are highly processed and unhealthy.

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