Veganism has slowly started to gain popularity in the present world. It is being said that 2019 is the year of the vegan. But not a lot of people are aware of the many benefits of this lifestyle. For those who are not aware of the concept, it is a lifestyle that eliminates food, clothing and other products that are derived from animals. Research shows that 1 vegan can save around 100 animals in a year. Factory farming reveals some of the most severe examples of animal cruelty for food production.
Going vegan can also do wonders for your own body as well. People who go vegan actually notice many health benefits.
- Weight loss
People who go vegan end up losing weight even though it’s not a weight loss diet. Because most junk food and packaged items do contain dairy, it prevents you from mindless snacking and makes you look for healthier options. Thus, vegans tend to lose more weight than people on a calorie focused diet. The best part is if you follow a vegan diet you can eat how much ever you want to since most of the foods are healthy and full of nutrition.
2) Lowers risk of diseases
It is also a proven fact that going vegan can increase the chances of living longer because it lowers the risk of many chronic diseases and health problems. It is said that going vegan can help lower the risk of heart disease since animal products contain dietary cholesterol. It also lowers the risk of certain cancers since there is evidence that red meat can increase the chances of cancer. Because veganism follows an overall healthier diet, you will see an improvement in your energy levels. This could be because your body is not consuming highly processed foods and sugar, which spike up your blood sugar levels.
3) Environmental friendly
Veganism is definitely a way of sustainable living. It is said that going vegan can actually benefit the environment. This is because the meat industry is one of the biggest causes of climate change. Raising animals for food is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gases, land and air pollution, habitat loss and species extinction. More importantly, the meat and dairy we get today are highly processed and artificially fertilized.
4) Better skin
Your skin will be the best it has ever been! If you suffer from acne and have tried every possible treatment, dairy could be the culprit. Adopting a vegan diet is a great option since it is dairy free. For most people, they notice their acne clear up almost instantly once they stop consuming dairy products. Apart from this, the appearance of your skin will be a lot better since vegans consume more whole foods.
One thing to keep in mind is that although going vegan is healthy for you, there are a lot of foods that can be vegan but are not healthy. For instance, sugar is vegan but not healthy. A poor planned vegan diet can cause deficiencies so make sure you are getting all the nutrients you need by eating fresh produce and NOT vegan fast-food. There are a lot of products that are tested on animals, medicine being one of them. Do take your medication if you certainly need it for a health problem, as it is a necessity and a matter of your health.
The switch to a vegan diet inevitably makes you depend more on foods that are rich in nutrients. It opens up a whole new world of food you never knew of. Many think of a vegan diet as being restrictive. But once you find better alternatives to the food you cannot consume, you’ll be surprised as to how much more you can eat and experiment with food. It may be initially difficult to adopt a vegan lifestyle but because it is beneficial to not just you but also everything around you, definitely give it a try! It is just another step to being mindful about our body, environment, and all other living things.