1. At the root of all disease in the human body lies inflammation. Inflammation is a result of an acidic environment which leads to the development of health concerns such as reproductive issues, diabetes, heart attacks, digestive issues, arteriosclerosis, strokes, autoimmune diseases and even cancer which is may be more likely to develop in an acidic environment. Unlike animal products, the majority of plant foods are alkaline which helps to balance the body’s PH levels warding of the development of serious health concerns such as cancer, which cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower, being alkaline-promoting foods, help to prevent. Although some studies show acidic foods help increase the rate at which the body burns off carbs helping maintain a healthy weight, these acidic foods are typically fermented ones such as Apple cider vinegar, Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Pickles, Kefir and Kombucha oppose to animal products [http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-14758/why-fermented-foods-are-good-for-weight-loss-mood-glowing-skin.html].
2. Unlike animal products, Plant-based foods contain fiber, antioxidants, phytonutrients, phytochemicals, flavonoids, carotenoids, and are higher in magnesium, potassium, vitamins C and E, folate and the type of protein that is easier for the body to digest. In comparison to animal products, plant foods are also far lower in saturated fat and cholesterol (inflammatory triggers) which means that those consuming a whole-foods plant based diet are less likely to become obese, develop heart disease, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, develop clogged arteries, have increased free-radical production, and an impaired immune system.
3. Eating a whole-foods plant based diet encourages the production of good bacteria within the gut. 90 percent of the body’s serotonin is made in the digestive tract. Altered levels of this peripheral serotonin have been linked to diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and mood swings [http://nutritionfacts.org/video/gut-feelings-probiotics-and-mental-health/] / [http://nutritionfacts.org/video/gut-dysbiosis-starving-microbial-self/]. Tens of trillions of microorganisms exist within our gut which play several tremendous role such as, ensuring that certain foods are digested that the stomach and small intestine are unable to digest, helping with the production of vitamins such as B and K, protecting the immune system, regulating the digestion and balancing our mood. So where does eating a plant-based diet come into this? Well plant foods help influence a healthy intestinal tract, since the fiber within plant foods promote the growth of friendly bacteria, quite the contrary to diets that are low in fiber and animal product based, which can result in the growth of disease-promoting bacteria.
4. A plant-based diet may help you manage your weight more efficiently [http://nutritionfacts.org/video/metabolic-syndrome-and-plant-based-diets/]. Protein deficiency is a common concern among people who are unfamiliar with the plant-based diet, however, while it is almost unheard of to struggle in obtaining the correct amount of protein when transitioning to plant foods, the typical western diet provides an excess which ends up getting stored as fat or turning into waste which can cause weight gain, heart diseases, diabetes, inflammation and cancer. It is unlikely that one can consume an excess of protein when retrieving protein from plant based sources, however, a diet high in animal products can make people far more susceptible to metabolic syndrome which is a result of obesity, high blood sugar and high cholesterol combined.
5. Most of us are under the impression that we need to consume fish to obtain essential fatty acids since it is a source of omega 3 & 6, however, these omega fatty acids can be found in equal quantities in plant based sources (such as algae) devoid of the saturated fats, heavy metals and possible mercury which is highly toxic for our brain [http://nutritionfacts.org/video/amla-and-triphala-tested-for-metals/] / [http://nutritionfacts.org/video/fish-consumption-associated-with-brain-shrinkage]. Algae, sea Buckthorn berries, lind-seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds and echium are all excellent source of these essential fatty acids. Other sources of Omega fatty acids include acia, blackcurrant oil, borage seed oil, chlorella, green leafy vegetables, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, soy, sprouts, squash, vegetable oils, walnuts and wheat.
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Jwaydan Moyine is a classically trained Film Composer, Pianist, Cellist, Singer/Songwriter, and a Writer and Entrepreneur. She founded Earth Children to bring awareness to matters regarding the Environment, Animal welfare, Sustainable & Conscious living, Wellness & Humanitarian issues. She is heavily involved with activism for animal welfare in the UK and Egypt and child welfare in Syria, Thailand and Romania. She resides in Berkshire Running an organic food farm, an organic skincare company, bringing awareness to matters regarding the Planet, Plant based nutrition, Cruelty free living & the necessity of adapting to Veganism for the sake of Sustainability, Animal welfare and our Health. She has several qualifications in nutritional therapy, culinary medicine & holistic healing. You can find out more on what she is doing over at the Earth Children Facebook Page!
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