05 Feb 3 Reasons to Add More Plant-Based Food to Your Diet
As research continues to look into many of today’s most common ailments, ranging from obesity and heart disease to diabetes—it has become more and more clear that diet and health are more interconnected than we ever thought. The right diet cannot only help you look better and feel better, but it can help lessen your chances of developing certain health issues.
This is where the plant-based diet comes into play. This way of eating has emerged as one of the healthiest diet plans out there and one that can completely change your life and your health for the better. A complete plant-based diet, or vegan diet, includes eating lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, seeds and legumes and no animal by-products.
While you don’t necessarily have to follow a vegan diet to a tee, there are a number of benefits that can come with adding more plant-based foods to your diet and eating a primarily plant-based diet.
- It Gives You More Energy
Eating a majority plant-based diet can give you a great boost of energy. In fact, most people who eat this clean not only find they are happier but that they need to rely less on caffeine, sugar and coffee to get through the day. Better yet, since plant-based diets are filled with so many fresh, healthy, vitamin-enriched foods, it can also help boost your immune system, leaving you feeling energized and lessening your chances of getting sick.
- It Helps with Preventable Diseases
As we stated earlier, plant-based diets can help lessen the chances of you developing certain preventable diseases, most pertinently Type 2 Diabetes. There are around 400 million people today who have this form of diabetes, yet it is very preventable. Studies have found that adding more fruits and vegetables can lower your chances of getting diabetes. It also lowers your chances of developing a Cardiovascular disease. You can also enjoy additional health benefits including: better digestion, lower blood pressure, and healthier cholesterol levels.
- It Keeps Your Skin Healthy Too!
If you struggle with skin issues, such as acne, cutting back on animal products and dairy, and focusing more on plant-based foods can keep your skin healthier. Fewer animal products mean fewer saturated fats and fewer clogged pores and acne. Plus, many of the vitamins found in fruits and vegetables actually help promote healthy skin.
Making changes to your diet can be difficult, but in the end, adding more plant-based foods to your eating regimen can really make a difference in your health and well-being. Start small, by slowly replacing some of your animal byproducts with plant-based foods and start seeing the benefits for yourself.
If you have any questions about the health benefits of eating a plant-based diet and other things you can do to improve your overall health, make an appointment with the experts at Continuum Internal Medicine at 817-617-8650.