Top 5 Reasons for Plant Powered Health
Here are our top five reasons eating plants can lead to a happier, healthier life;
Living in a society which revolves around meat culture has meant that for most people animal products are seen as the norm. However, there are huge benefits to getting rid of animal products from your diet and embracing a plant based life instead. Don’t confuse your body with mixed messages — keep it simple! A plant based diet, filled with as many natural or whole foods as possible, is the most straight-forward and exciting way to keep your body happy.
There are plenty of reasons to eat plants instead of animals, but what are the main health benefits of a plant based diet? Here’s the quick-fire lowdown…
1. Lower blood pressure
Also known as hypertension control, plant based diets are thought to lower blood pressure.
Foods high in dietary fibre such as whole wheat, nuts, seeds, broccoli and raspberries can help bring blood pressure down. Monounsaturated fats such as those in olive oil can also help – whilst beans are a fantastically healthy alternative to red meat, a product which has the opposite effect on blood pressure.
2. A healthier heart
Quite simply, a plant based diet is the most effective way of slowing down or completely reversing heart disease. By eating natural, whole foods, you can shrink the amount of cholesterol-clogging in your arteries, which is primarily worsened by red meats, dairy, eggs and added fats. With less processed food, saturated fats and refined sugars in your diet, and more nutritious fruits and vegetables, it is possible to combat disease simply through eating delicious food!
It’s not only heart health which is improved through eating plants, though. Many dangerous and degenerative diseases such as cancers can also be slowed or halted through eating the right things!
3. Vivid vision
Vitamin A is known to not only slow down the process of sight loss, but also to improve eyesight overall. It is found in vegetables such as kale, spinach, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and carrots – the latter three of which contain beta-carotene, which is what gives them their orangey colour.Beta carotene is converted into Vitamin A upon digestion, and is also good for general healthy growth. Kale and spinach, amongst others, also contain lutein, a natural protein find in our retinas – so eating greens as well as oranges is very important for eye health!
And yes – eating lots of carrots can help you see better in the dark! Vitamin A helps the eye transmit signals to the brain, and the more transmission received, the better sight gets.
4. Full of beans (literally)
A plant based diet, especially centred on whole foods as much as possible, will give you more energy. You’ll feel fresher when your alarm goes off in the mornings and less fatigued at the end of the day – leading to better productivity at work and more enjoyment out of exercise and other activities. Much of this increase in energy comes from quicker, more efficient digestion – the nutrients in plants are easier for our bodies to absorb, so you reap the rewards of a healthy, plant based diet much quicker than you would any other diet.
5. Super sleep
Believe it or not, your sleep will be much better on a plant based diet, despite energy levels being higher during the day. There are many ingredients to fulfilling, refreshing sleep. These include carbohydrates, magnesium, potassium, melatonin, serotonin and tryptophan – all of which are commonly found in the plants we eat.
To get all of these in, you should eat foods such as broccoli, bananas, peanut butter, avocados, almonds, figs, spinach and squash.
Kale and spinach help the brain’s pineal gland use tryptophan in order to produce melatonin, which controls our wake/sleep cycles – so eat lots of leafy greens for a better sleep.