There are tons of reasons that someone may choose to go plantbased. Many people go plantbased for ethical reasons. Others do so for the good of the planet. But, as more research has come out on just how beneficial a plantbased lifestyle can be for one’s health, people have gravitated towards the diet to help with things like chronic diseases, weight loss, general energy levels and more. It’s no secret that a plantbased lifestyle has helped many people in their journeys towards health and wellness. But what exactly are the health benefits of eating plantbased?
Today, we’re going to let you in on the top 10 health benefits you can expect from going plantbased. If you find this post helpful, be sure to share it with a friend or family member who would love to read about plantbased eating and health benefits. And, if you’re craving a vegan meal now (like we certainly are!) head to your local grocery store or shop online for The Pizza Plant. Our pizzas make sticking to a plantbased diet easy and enjoyable, and have meat-eaters and plantbased eaters alike coming back for seconds. You’ll know exactly what we’re talking about once you taste them!
Here are our top 10 picks for potential health benefits of living a plantbased life:
- Plantbased eating can support your immune system
Pretty straightforward here – plants have essential vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need to recover and fight off infection. Eating more plants means consuming more of these vitamins and nutrients, which means supporting and strengthening your immune system.
- Plantbased foods can reduce inflammation
Those same essential vitamins and nutrients found in plants can reduce inflammation in your body, which can help prevent inflammatory diseases like arthritis. Pretty cool, right?
- Plantbased eating can reduce your risk for a number of diseases
There’s lots of research to support that eating more plants and cutting out processed foods can reduce your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and certain mental health illnesses (just to name a few!)
- Plantbased eating reduces your carbon footprint
This one’s pretty factual. Eating more plantbased foods and less animal-derived foods has an extremely beneficial impact on the environment. In fact, a 2018 analysis of the international food industry found that switching to a plantbased diet is the number one most impactful thing an individual can do for the environment. More people eating plantbased means a cleaner atmosphere, which means healthier air to breathe for us all!
- Plantbased eating reduces cholesterol levels
Many studies have shown the positive effects plantbased eating can have on cholesterol levels, such as this one by The American Journal of Cardiology.
- Plantbased eating can reduce your risk for dementia
No, really. In 2017, a study found a direct correlation between consuming more fruits and vegetables and a reduced risk of cognitive impairment and dementia.
- Plantbased eating can improve your gut health
‘Gut health’ has become quite a popular term nowadays, and it’s for good reason. Your gut health is directly linked to your metabolism, immune system, digestive health and more, and eating plantbased can help promote a healthy gut biome.
- Plantbased eating can increase athletic performance
You’ve probably seen in the news or popular documentaries that an incredible amount of top athletes have switched over to a plantbased lifestyle. Plantbased eating can help energy levels and heart health, meaning it can increase your stamina and ability to recover when working out.
- Plantbased eating can reduce your risk for cancer
Once again going back to the anti-inflammatory properties of plantbased foods, consuming a plantbased diet has been correlated with a decreased risk for breast, gastrointestinal, prostate, and other types of cancers.
- Plantbased eating can lower blood pressure
Last on the list but certainly not least, plantbased eating has been shown to reduce blood pressure, which in turn, reduces risk for heart disease, stroke, and Type 2 Diabetes.
Feeling convinced to try out a plantbased lifestyle yet? This list truly only encapsulates a small number of the health benefits that you can expect from switching to a plantbased diet. Go ahead and google ‘benefits of going plantbased.’ You’re sure to find yourself in a rabbit hole of eye-opening articles!
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