Are you wondering if a plant-based diet is right for you? Do you want to know some of the top health benefits of going plant-based? In this video we’re going to look at 12 of the top health benefits of going on a plant-based diet.
Many people have differing opinions when it comes to the term “plant-based”. In this video, when we refer to a plant-based diet we are talking about a 100% healthy plant-based diet. This means consuming predominantly whole plant foods, which include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, while limiting processed foods, and not consuming any animal derived products.
Now let’s look at 12 of the top health benefits of a healthy plant-based diet.
1. Aids In Weight Loss & Weight Maintenance
A plant-based diet can help with weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight. This is because of the consumption of nutrient dense foods that are generally low in calories, and because of increased fiber intake you’re more likely to feel satiated after eating.
2. Supports & Enhances Immune Function
Plant foods rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients have the ability to support and enhance immune function. If you want a healthy immune system it’s important to supply your cells with the nutrients they need to function optimally.
3. Fights Inflammation
Inflammation is part of the body’s immune response. However, too much can lead to pain, fatigue, digestive issues, and can contribute to the development of many chronic diseases. Thankfully, eating a variety of whole plant foods can help combat inflammation in the body.
4. Reduces Risk of Chronic Diseases
A whole food plant-based diet can lower the risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. In turn, this reduces the need for pharmaceutical medications and surgeries, and going plant-based can actually reverse some diseases.
5. Improves Sexual Function & Fertility
Plant foods can increase libido and enhance sexual function. Additionally, a review published in 2018 that looked at the influence of diet on fertility concluded that there is a positive association between a diet high in plant-based foods and fertility.
6. Promotes Gut Health & Optimal Digestion
Eating a varied plant-based diet rich in fiber can improve digestion and the health of the gut microbiome, which is a large part of the immune system. Along with many other functions, good gut bacteria play a role in the metabolism and synthesis of certain nutrients.
7. Lowers Blood Pressure, Cholesterol & Blood Sugar Levels
High blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels are associated with an increased risk of many diseases. Many studies have shown that eating a whole food plant-based diet can effectively lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and stabilize blood sugar levels.
8. Improves Mood & Cognition
Do you want to naturally enhance mood and cognitive function? A varied whole foods plant-based diet can positively affect your mood and emotions, protect and improve brain function, and prevent cognitive decline.
9. Enhances Skin, Hair & Nail Health
Not all of the benefits of a plant-based diet are internal. Eating an array of nutrient dense whole plant foods can keep skin, hair, and nails healthy, and can help slow signs of aging. It’s also important to stay hydrated.
10. Boost Athletic Performance & Recovery
Whether you have recently adopted an exercise regimen or are a seasoned athlete, a plant-based diet can be beneficial. Higher levels of antioxidants, increased blood flow, improved glycogen storage, and reduced inflammation in the body can significantly enhance athletic performance and reduce recovery time.
11. Increases Energy Levels
Have you ever wished you could have more energy? Eating a diet heavy in processed foods can leave you feeling sluggish and void of energy. However, eating a whole foods plant-based diet increases energy, as it nourishes the body with the nutrients it needs to fuel our activities.
12. Promotes A Better Quality Of Life & Longevity
Based on the previous eleven benefits of eating a healthy plant-based diet, you can see how it can lead to a better quality of life. Furthermore, a healthy plant-based diet alongside healthy lifestyle choices can contribute to longevity.
Plant Based For The Earth
In addition to these health benefits, going on a plant-based diet is good for our animal friends and the environment. If you eat 100% plant-based, you are supporting the welfare of animals, lowering your carbon footprint and water usage, and helping prevent destruction of the rainforests for animal agriculture.
If you are transitioning to a whole food plant-based diet, go at your own pace. Just remember that slow and steady wins the race, and keep in mind that going plant-based is not just a diet, it’s a lifestyle change.
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To recap, here are 12 health benefits of going on a plant-based diet.
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If you want to keep track of the foods you are eating, you can use our free Diet & Lifestyle Tracker, a 5-day journal to track your diet and health. We’ve linked these and further resources in the description below.
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RESOURCES & FURTHER INFO
- A review of the effectiveness of a plant based diet in the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5466943/
- Gut bacteria and nutrient metabolism – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3601187/
- The influence of diet on fertility – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6079277/
- Benefits of a plant-based diet for athletes – https://www.pcrm.org/news/blog/six-reasons-athletes-are-running-toward-vegan-diet, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6356661/
- A plant-based diet can help you live longer – https://nutritionstudies.org/research-confirms-a-plant-based-diet-can-help-you-live-longer/