Published On: Thu, Apr 7th, 2011

7 Major Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet

Seven Major Benefits

of a Vegetarian Diet


By  Sally Rodgers, Contributing Writer

It’s well known that eating more servings of fruits and vegetables greatly reduces your risks of cancer and heart disease.

But what about further adopting a vegetarian diet?

If you contact your health insurance company, you might get a lengthy answer. Here we offer a condensed  list of reasons why or to outline how a vegetarian diet definitely offers huge and impressive pluses:

 Vegetarians - Risk of Chronic Ills Lowered

According to The American Dietetic Association, vegetarians are less likely to develop heart disease, diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and kidney failure. Vegetarians are also less likely to become obese.

Vegetarians - Healthier pH Balance

During digestion, animal protein produce an acidic reaction inside the body. However, the body should have a slightly alkaline environment. Thus a diet containing excessive amounts of animal protein can throw off the body’s delicate pH balance. This will compromise the immune system and increase a person’s risk of disease. Many diseases, including cancer, cannot usually survive in an alkaline environment. If that isn’t a good enough reason to reduce or quit animal proteins and fats, let’s look at some more.

Vegetarians - Lower Cholesterol

Fatty animal proteins contain unhealthy amounts of bad cholesterol. When eaten in excess, this cholesterol will accumulate on the arterial walls and inhibit blood flow. Eventually, high cholesterol can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, and even strokes. Many people are able to efficiently lower their cholesterol just by eliminating animal protein from their diet and consuming fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains in its place.

Vegetarians - Healthier Skin

Because the skin is our body’s largest organ, it is so vitally important to take care of.  A vegetarian diet, naturally does the job because many plants are very high in both water and antioxidants, which is exactly what your skin needs to stay healthy and radiantly beautiful!

Powerful Vegetarian Nutritional Support

Since vegetarians don’t eat meat, they tend to consume more vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, and whole grains. Diets centered around these foods tend to be higher in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other nutrients. As a result, carefully tracked statistics show vegetarians (such as Seventh-Day Adventists) are on average healthier.

Eat a Vegetarian Diet for Improved Digestion

The best of vegetarian diets is one high in fiber and low in fatty (especially fried) foods) and highly processed foods. This is great news for your digestive system. As to fiber, is a substance that the body cannot easily digest. Nevertheless it performs some very important functions. When consumed, first it will help a person feel more full after a meal so as not to overeat (and become overweight or obese). It will also assist the bulking up of waste matter passing through the intestines and colon. Its overall impact thus has been compared to that of a straw broom, helping to sweep waste out, thereby alleviating digestive distress and helping some to lose weight.

For Vegetarians, Ultimately a  Longer Life

An impressive 2001 study of Seventh Day Adventists showed vegetariant men lived 7.28 years longer on average than non-vegetarian subjects. The vegetarian women lived 4.42 year longer.
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Sally Rodgers is a 29 year old writer who is passionate about health and wellness, green living and sustainability.  In her free time she enjoys playing with her two English Bulldogs.
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COMMENT:
The diets we get accustomed to are often ingrained in our lifestyle and over a lifetime. This is by means of our cultural, ethnic and family traditions – and more recently by hugely influential corporate advertising – TV, radio, print, and in-store. The latter often promotes what is profitable rather than healthy. Thus if you want to break away from what you’re used to eating – and in order to improve your health or better combat chronic ills – consider adopting a plant-based or vegetarian diet.

The seven reasons listed about should be enough to motivate such a diet change, but there are still more!  When you subscribe to our newsletter you can download a Summary of The China Study. The NY Times called this the Grand Prix of  all nutritional studies.  It powerfully supports a plant-based diet. Or take a look at the before and after pictures that Dr. Esselstyne offers showing constricted coronary arteries opening up.

Nathan Batalion CTN

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