This part of my three-part series is a favorite of mine. Becoming a vegan is so amazing for your overall health and I’m going to go over why this is true. Following a healthy vegan diet ensures a ton of health benefits as well as prevention from some of the major diseases in America today.
Humans are anatomically herbivores. We have short, soft fingernails and small “canine” teeth. Carnivores have the opposite; sharp claws and large canine teeth that are capable of tearing flesh. Their jaws only move up and down so they can tear chunks of flesh from their prey and swallow them whole. Humans and other herbivores can move their jaws up and down and from side to side, allowing them to grind up fruits and veggies with their back teeth. The back molars of humans are flat for grinding fibrous plant foods. Carnivores lack these molars. Our stomach acids are much weaker than those of carnivores because strong acids aren’t needed to digest fruits and vegetables. Most carnivores swallow their food whole, relying on their acidic stomach juices to break down flesh and kill the dangerous bacteria in meat that would otherwise make them very sick or kill them. Humans have longer intestinal tracts than carnivores. The longer intestines allow the body more time to break down fiber and absorb the nutrients from plant-based foods, but make it dangerous for humans to eat meat. The bacteria in meat has extra time to multiply during the long trip through the digestive system, increasing the risk of food poisoning. Meat actually begins to rot while it makes its way through human intestines, which increases the risk of colon cancer.Carnivores have short intestinal tracts and colons that allow meat to pass through them relatively quickly before it could rot and cause any illness.
Let’s begin with the nutrition aspect of things. All of the benefits below come from a vegan diet full of foods such as fresh veggies and fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts, and occasionally soy products.
- Proteins: It could be a surprise that most people in America get too much protein in forms such as red meat which is not a healthy way to consume protein. Lentils, beans, peas. nuts, and occasionally soy products are all great ways to get the proper amount of protein.
- Phytochemicals: Plant-based foods provide phytocohemicals, which help to prevent and heal the body from cancer, boost protective enzymes, and work with antioxidants in the body.
- Fiber: A diet high in fiber leads to healthier bowl movements. High fiber diets help fight against colon cancer.
- Reduced saturated fats: Dairy products and meats contain a large amount of saturated fats. By reducing the amount of these from your diet, you’ll improve your health especially when it comes to cardiovascular health.
- Other: Also while on a vegan diet you will consume good amounts of Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Potassium, Magnesium, antioxidants, folate, and carbohydrates. These are all very important and excellent for your health.
There are so many studies that have proven a vegan diet is key in preventing a number of diseases. Some of these that are included are:
- Cardiovascular disease –
- Blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- Breast, prostate and colon cancer
Also, becoming vegan provides many physical benefits as well such as:
- weight loss
- clear skin – my skin has gotten 100% better since becoming a vegan
- energy levels
- hair and nails grow like crazy – my hair is crazy long since becoming a vegan
- longer life
This is a great presentation if you are interested in more health benefits from becoming a vegan: