A growing number of people are choosing to abandon traditional animal-based diets for more plant-based ones. This is for several reasons, but the most compelling of which are the impacts of animal-based diets on our health. Here are a few reasons why you, too, may want to consider ditching your animal-based diet.
1. Reduce the symptoms of inflammation
Consumption of highly saturated foods like fish, cheese, eggs, and meat is associated with elevated levels of inflammation in our bodies, and it can lead to leaks in your gut. If the symptoms of inflammation are not treated in time, it can develop into chronic inflammation that has been associated with erratic heart problems, strokes, the development of atherosclerosis, and autoimmune diseases.
Plant-based diets are high in fiber, which helps reduce inflammation. They are also packed with healthy phytonutrients and antioxidants that lower the severity of inflammatory symptoms in your gut and help cope with the occurrence of endotoxins (toxins released from animal foods) and saturated fats.
2. Regulate cholesterol
Elevated cholesterol levels have been linked to various heart diseases and strokes; similarly, increased risk of heart diseases and strokes has also been linked to an animal-based diet. Animal-based foods like cheese, meat, poultry, and fish contain high levels of saturated fat, which may be a primary cause for high level of cholesterol.
Plant-based diets, however, significantly reduce the level of cholesterol because they contain almost no traces of saturated fats. Additionally, plant-based diets are rich in fiber and potassium that improves the functioning of our vital organs.
3. Improve the functions of the body’s microbiome
Human bodies house an incredible number of microorganisms that comprise what is referred to as our microbiome. The presence of these microorganisms is vital to our overall health. They help increase the efficiency of our digestive system and generate the nutrients essential for our bodies and health. They strengthen our immune systems, regulate our hormones, repair gut tissues, and help protect us from cancerous cells.
Plant-based diets regulate the functions of the microbiome in our bodies. The high fiber and iron content in a plant-based diet promote the growth of healthy bacteria in our intestines.
4. Benefit the planet
There is increasing evidence that consumption of an animal-based diet is not only destructive for your health but it is also detrimental to the environment. Animal agriculture has been linked to greenhouse gas emissions, wildlife extinction, and deforestation. It is estimated that approximately 2000 gallons of water are required to produce one pound of beef in leading countries like the U.S., the U.K., and Canada. Increased seafood consumption is gradually contributing towards the depletion of fishes in the oceans; it is estimated that oceans may become fishless in the next 20 years.
Plant-based diets promote a healthier, more sustainable way of feeding the earth's population while also reducing our impact on the environment. Moreover, by focusing on seasonal and local produce, you could potentially grow everything you need to feed your family right in your backyard.
Yours in health and wellness,