We all know that fruits and veggies are good for us. But did you know that a switch to a plant-based diet can help you fight off sickness, help you lose weight, give you more energy, and make you look and feel pretty darn good? And that’s not even taking into account just how delicious a plant-based diet is.
A lot of people don’t realize that their diet has a huge impact on how they feel and how their bodies self-regulate. Giving your body the nutrients it needs—like fiber, calcium, magnesium, B vitamins, protein, vitamin D, potassium, and essential fatty acids—keeps your cells healthy, and fruits and veggies contain all of these things. Unlike an animal-based or processed food-heavy diet, a plant-based diet is clean. Your body won’t have to break down and separate the good from the bad, leading to a more efficient health system. In the end, you’ll live a longer, happier life.
But a slimmer waistline and longevity aren’t the only advantages. Here are four short-term benefits of going plant-based.
A Switch to a Plant-Based Diet Helps Digestion
Efficient digestion is an essential part of maintaining a healthy body. The good news about plant-based diets is that they are packed with the one nutrient known to help promote healthy digestion: Fiber.
Foods like whole grains, nuts, fruits, vegetables, seeds, beans, and legumes help your body stay regular and healthy. Plus, they help keep your heart healthy and your blood sugar at normal levels. Be sure to choose whole foods and not processed sources of fiber, such as white bread and crackers made from refined flour.
A Switch to a Plant-Based Diet Improves Blood Sugar
As mentioned above, plant-based diets can help keep your blood sugar at normal levels. Why does that matter? Well, think of the last time you were so hungry that you felt shaky and moody. Low blood sugar is the cause. If you want to feel fuller for longer, a diet rich in whole foods can help you achieve that.
A Switch to a Plant-Based Diet Gives You More Energy
Your body has to work on overdrive to break down animal-based and processed foods. When you follow a plant-based diet, your body doesn’t have to work so hard. That’s energy that you’ve saved for more important things like focusing on work and family.
A Switch to a Plant-Based Diet Keeps Your Body Balanced
Inflammation is a major problem for many people whose diets are high in meats and processed foods. The reason for this is that these foods are acidic in nature, and taking in lots of acidic foods can create an imbalance in the body’s PH levels. PH level imbalances can also lead to diabetes, cancer, arthritis, leaky gut syndrome, and heart disease. Fruits and vegetables do not create this type of imbalance.
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