Everything You Need To Know About Being A Vegan

The basis of a true vegan diet is the elimination of all animal products from your diet. People seeking a healthy lifestyle often turn to this, because it is usually low in fat and calories. Animal lovers also embrace veganism as a way to reduce unwanted animal slaughters. Vegan environmentalists believe that a vegan diet benefits the environment by lowering the industrialized practice of animal slaughter. No matter what may lead you to veganism, its long term benefits are undeniable, and here is why!

1. Heart Health
Dairy and meats are both high in saturated fats and cholesterol, so eliminating these products from your diet will help lower your body's saturated fat levels. Lowering your saturated fat and cholesterol levels through a vegan diet naturally helps improves your overall cardiovascular health. Therefore, your long term risk of suffering from a major coronary event will be significantly reduced.

2. Cancer Risk
Physicians at the Department of Urology at the University of California and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center conducted studies on men suffering from advanced prostate cancer. Participants undertook a strict vegan diet. Upon the study’s completion, cancer markers and tumor growth significantly decreased in men who opted to abide by the study’s complete vegan diet. Studies have shown that consuming a diet that is high in grains, fresh fruits and vegetables will lower the risk of developing certain types of cancers too, including colon cancer. Furthermore, a diet that is high in animal products appears to increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer. In countries where women eat little or no animal products, the rate of breast cancer is dramatically lower.

3. Other Health Benefits
Milk products cause arthritis sufferers to experience an increase in arthritic inflammation. It has been found that vegans (who consume no milk products) often suffer from fewer bouts of arthritic inflammation.  On a different note, macular degeneration and cataracts cause thousands of people to lose their sight each year. A vegan diet that is high in leafy greens, carrots, pumpkin and sweet potatoes usually prevents or delays the onslaught of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts in some individuals. A dietary increase of leafy vegetables has also been shown to naturally help lower blood pressure.

4. Weight Control
A vegan diet naturally eliminates unhealthy junk and snack foods, which helps you lose weight. A diet with no meat or meat by-products dramatically lowers your body mass index over time too. Vegans generally do not eat processed sugars either. Processed sugar is filtered through activated charcoal, which is manufactured from animal bones. So, a reduction in dietary sugar helps control weight and aids in treating Type II Diabetes. Vegans have also been shown to have higher energy, which helps burn calories and control unwanted weight gain.

??5. Hormones/Antibiotics
Hormones and high levels of antibiotics are commonly used by the livestock industry to treat animals. When these animals are consumed, the hormones in their meat can disrupt the natural hormones of the human body, especially since hormones used in feed animals have been shown to cause cancerous tumors.  On a related note, consuming animals that have been treated with antibiotics may cause bacterial antibiotic resistance. Thanks to antibiotic resistance,a simple bacterial infection can become quite severe or even life threatening to a human.

Author Rachel Johnson likes to write about healthy lifestyles, green living & saving money at www.travelinsurance.org. As a vegan environmentalist, she has to travel the world supporting various causes, and this website has proven to be especially helpful at saving money when she does so!

Suzanne Somers

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