5 HEALTH BENEFITS OF GOING VEGAN

5 HEALTH BENEFITS OF GOING VEGAN

VEGANISM IS FAST BECOMING ONE OF THE BIGGEST DIET TRENDS TO SWEEP THE NATION. THIS PLANT-BASED DIET IS A GREAT WAY TO KICKSTART A NEW HEALTH REGIME AND OFFERS A MULTITUDE OF OTHER HEALTH BENEFITS TOO.

Removing all animal products from your diet is a big lifestyle change. But whether you want to try out veganism or commit to a long-term regime, you can expect some significant health benefits:

1. REDUCED INFLAMMATION

Chronic inflammation is a common problem linked to many illnesses including arthritis, heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and even cancer. Eating too much meat, dairy, and anything processed will create inflammation in the body.

Eating mostly plant-based foods will help heal your body from the harmful effects of inflammation. Include plenty of veg with anti-inflammatory properties such as kale, cauliflower, carrots and beetroot.

2. IMPROVED SKIN QUALITY

Quitting animal products is a recipe for clear, glowing skin. Dairy, meat and eggs all carry hormones and bacteria which our body has to process, often filtering out the impurities through our skin.

The increased nutrient intake from more plant-based food will do amazing things for your skin. Be sure to include plenty of skin-boosting foods such as berries, greens, sweet potatoes, lemons and avocadoes.

3. BETTER SLEEP

Many people report much-improved sleep patterns whilst following a vegan diet. While you burst with energy during the day, you’re likely to fall calmly and peacefully to sleep at night.

This could be due to the increased nutrient intake of B vitamins, tryptophan and magnesium, which all ensure a healthy sleep cycle. Eat plenty of kale, bananas, almonds, spinach and peanut butter to help you sleep like a baby.

4. IMPROVED DIGESTION

If there’s one thing you can be sure of on a vegan diet, it’s amazing digestion. Plant-based foods are just water, fibre, healthy fats and protein. These will whizz through your system effortlessly. If you suffer from any constipation or stomach problems like gas or bloating, it’s well worth cutting out meat, cheese and dairy for a few days to enhance your digestion process.  

5. INCREASED LIFESPAN

Want a long life? Recent major research suggested that vegans have substantially lower death rates than meat-eaters. The study showed that every 3% increase in vegetable consumption equated to a 10% reduction in the risk of dying. (Although other factors could be at play, such as the more affluent upbringings of most vegans).

Whatever you decide, scientists believe everyone should consider eating more vegetable protein than animal protein. How much the balance tips either way is up to you!


The Author

Kath Webb

Kath is a contributing writer for PayasUgym. Football, running, weight training, yoga and walking are her forte, along with cooking tasty, nutritious food - with a regular batch of cake chucked in.

Comments

Claire H.
21 March 2017

Claire H.

I used to be vegetarian, bordering vegan, then had hormonal health issues. An acupuncturist recommended I introduced some organic meat into my diet, and my health issues definitely improved. So I don't think that veganism has benefits for everyone.

Jim R.
21 March 2017

Jim R.

I'm all for plenty of good fresh veg, season permitting. What I am not prepared to do is eat meat substitutes, I think you are either a veggie/vegan or not. I'm also conscious of food miles which can be an issue on these restricted regimes.

Simon J.
17 March 2017

Simon J.

my partner would quarrel with the 'amazing digestion' bit as things like peppers really do not agree with him. Not all veg are the same. But we both think there's nothing like fresh seasonal veg. Roll on summer!

Helen P.
16 March 2017

Helen P.

Well, I haven;'t managed to become fully vegan but I did stop eating all dairy products last year and my skin definitely improved. But I just love meat too much and don;'t feel that I should stop eating it.

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