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10 Health Benefits of Going Vegan

  • Nov 22, 2016
  • theveganjoint
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For many, going vegan changed their life! The radical change in eating and lifestyle can take some getting used to, but you’ll find there are A LOT of health benefits of going vegan:

  1. Better weight control – A vegan diet is high in protein and raw food but low in refined grains and sugar. What you have there is a recipe for not just weight maintenance, but actual weight LOSS! For those who want to get their weight under control, going vegan is a good option to consider.
  2. Lower risk of chronic disease – Eating a plant-based diet means your body is getting a lot of the fiber and antioxidants it needs, so your risk of chronic disease (cancer, heart disease, etc.) is significantly lower.
  3. Improved heart health – A high-fiber diet is excellent for your heart, as the fiber eliminates the cholesterol, toxins, fats, and sugars in your digestive tract. You’ll find that a vegan diet with plenty of protein is a great way to improve your heart health.
  4. Reduced risk of diabetes – Diabetes is often the result of long-term high sugar consumption, but a vegan diet includes very little in the way of sugar. The vegan diet is all about eating natural foods, and you can seriously decrease your risk of insulin resistance by sticking with only “raw” and “natural” foods.
  5. Reduce cancer risk – Imagine that! The food you eat can help to reduce your risk of cancer, especially if that food is predominantly veggies and fruits—which are rich in antioxidants. The antioxidants will counteract the inflammation, free radicals, and toxins that can lead to cancer, reducing your risk of carcinogens forming significantly.
  6. Improve eye health – Orange fruits and veggies (carrots, squash, oranges, etc.) are packed with Vitamin A, which is vital for healthy eyes. However, did you know that a vegetarian diet can help to reduce your risks of cataracts forming?
  7. Improve thyroid function – Your thyroid gland plays vital role in your production of hormones (male and female alike), so keeping it working well is the key to staying healthy. A vegan diet can reduce your risk of hypothyroidism by increasing thyroid function.
  8. Longer lifespan – What if you could live longer, thanks to your diet? The all-natural foods consumed as part of a vegan diet will protect your body from oxidative stress and free radical damage. Essentially, these natural foods could reduce aging and keep your body working well for many more years.
  9. Fight arthritis – Vegan and vegetarian diets have both been proven to fight rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder where the body attacks healthy cartilage. The elimination of dietary gluten may be the key to shutting down the autoimmune response.
  10. Healthier kidneys – With less toxins and hard-to-digest fats and animal proteins, your kidneys have less waste to eliminate. Vegan diets can improve kidney function and may even help to reverse kidney damage.

As you can see, there are A LOT of great reasons for going vegan!