Friday 26 June 2020

Five reasons I'm vegan (health)

Today I'm continuing my mini series about why we are a vegan family! We choose to be vegan due to three factors: health, compassion and the environment. I want to start speaking a little more about some of these factors in greater detail. I'm not here to be militant or scary, but I hope everybody can learn from some of these facts! Today's focus is on veganism for health. A balanced, whole foods plant based diet is one of the healthiest diets you can have so I have a multitude of facts to choose from for today's post, but I'll stick to just five!

💚 A vegan diet typically means consuming more fibre, antioxidants, potassium, magnesium, folate, and vitamins A, C, and E. Veganism and gut health go hand in hand due to the natural availability of fibre in plant based food - hugely important because you are not what you eat, rather you are what you can digest.
💚 A vegan diet can hugely reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and even diet-related cancers. Processed meat is classified as a group 1 carcinogen - the same group as asbestos, tobacco and cigarettes.
💚 Dairy and meat are incredibly inflammatory on the body, which can exacerbate symptoms of inflammatory issues. Hormone imbalances such as excessive oestrogen can be responsible for causing or worsening mood swings, acne, arthritis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, osteoporosis, even breast cancer. Digesting animal foods and fats, which contain excessive animal hormones from kept-pregnant cows  and antibiotics from animal feed containing GMOs, can hugely disrupt the body's sensitive hormone balance.
💚 Vegans and vegetarians statistically score better on depression tests and mood profiles than their omnivorous counterparts. I personally have found since being vegan I feel more compassionate and positive thinking and I think this is due to generally better health as well as a shift in mindset.
💚 You can get everything you need from a balanced vegan diet (yes, including plenty of protein, calcium and iron!) It's compassionate, great for the planet, filled with a world of delicious variety, and great for you. What's not to love?

Were you aware of these points? Fellow vegans, have you noticed an improvement in health since making the change?

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