Plant-Based Dieting, Should You Try It for Health Benefits?
Most people have heard a lot about plant based dieting in the past few years. This diet can be known as vegan, vegetarian and many other names. It started getting more wide known in 2012 as sites like Instagram started being used to post pictures of “earthy friendly” food. Of course, pictures are not the reason you should increase your vegetable intake, but more of the health benefits that come with it.
When considering a plant based diet, it is important to understand the benefits for your health.
Prevent Heart Disease
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number 1 killer of Americans. 70% of Americans are obese. There is also research that says that by 2030, 50% of adult Americans will be diabetic or pre-diabetic. Having a plant based diet is a way that has been scientifically proven to prevent and in some cases, reverse heart disease. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25532675
A recent study from the Netherlands showed that “those who ate a high ratio of plant- derived protein to animal- derived protein were at lower risk of developing coronary heart disease.” https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/184130.php
Lower Blood Pressure
When people have a higher plant intake, they typically have lower blood pressure because of more potassium rich foods. Why does Potassium help lower blood pressure? Potassium is proven to help lower blood pressure that leads to stress and anxiety. The reason is because potassium lessens the effects of sodium. More potassium consumed in turn the more sodium lost through urine. Meat and most animal related foods have limited or no potassium which in turn will raise blood pressure. You can read more about Potassium benefits here: https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/high-blood-pressure/changes-you-can-make-to-manage-high-blood-pressure/how-potassium-can-help-control-high-blood-pressure.
What is cholesterol? “Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that’s found in all the cells in your body. Your body needs some cholesterol to make hormones, vitamin D, and substances that help you digest foods. Your body makes all the cholesterol it needs ,” states this Medline Plus website. https://medlineplus.gov/cholesterol.html
Lowering Cholesterol is the main benefit you will receive from eating more plant based foods. Plants contain no cholesterol. However, you should still balance your fat intake, a plant based diet is a simple way to lower cholesterol.
Lower Rates of Cancer
Animal foods have been linked to cancer. “In a study published by Cell Metabolism, it followed diets and health of 6,000 individuals over 50 for 18 years. The results showed that cancer death risk was four times higher than those who ate the least. “ https://www.foodnavigator.com/Article/2014/03/05/Animal-protein-linked-to-increased-cancer-risk#
Another Study, called The China Study also looked at 6,000 people from 65 rural counties in China. “ The results from The China Study suggest that cells fed with plant-based proteins are less likely to attract cancer cells, because of a different set of enzymes being present. For those rural areas in China where a low animal protein diet was followed, much less instances of heart disease, diabetes and several forms of cancer occurred, as compared to areas with a high animal protein diet.” https://fourminutebooks.com/the-china-study-summary/
I personally love this book and one of his favorite quote is from the author T.Colin Campbell. He states, “ It is never too late to start eating well. A good diet can reverse many of those conditions as well. In short: change the way you eat and you can transform your health for the better.”
Of course, the most common reason people turn to plant based dieting is for the “weight loss” component. The less processed sugar and fat consumed, the more weight you will lose. Foods that are clean and whole will increase your chances of losing weight. Kathy Freston, a plant based expert, says “most people will see at least 5 pounds be lost in the first 2 weeks without going hungry.” http://www.onegreenplanet.org/natural-health/amazing-health-benefits-of-embracing-a-plant-based-diet/
Chiropractic and Plant Based Dieting
So why do we at Kimbrell Chiropractic encourage more plant based eating? Kimbrell Chiropractic believes in whole health, not just pain management. The better you exercise and eat, the quicker results you will see and quicker you will feel better. The combination of a healthy eating and chiropractic adjustments can give you the biggest chance for a healthy lifestyle. Come by our Daphne office to learn more!