There is often a bit of confusion around what exactly is a whole food plant based diet. So lets clear that up first. Its quite simple really – whole plant food is food edible for humans, made from plants, in its most original unprocessed form, basically as packaged directly from Mother Nature.
A whole food plant based diet typically contains whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices - all of which are jam-packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals and fibre.
This provide our bodies with an abundance of nutrients so it’s no huge surprise to discover that there are numerous health benefits from eating a whole food plant based diet.
On a day to day level, the most common benefits that people experience when going plant based are –
• Weight loss
• Stable blood sugar levels
• Healthy digestion
• Increased energy and vitality
• Increased mental alertness
• Improved athletic performance
• Anti-aging benefits
So lets have a look at these benefits in a bit more detail.
A plant-based diet is extremely effective for weight loss, its been known to encourage a lower body mass index or BMI and also maintain a healthy goal weight once its achieved.
This because of the larger amounts of fibre & water intake on a plant based diet, which makes us feel full & satiated, as well as having a lower intake of saturated fats and a considerably lower intake of overall calories.
STABLE BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS
Another thing to keep in mind is that because they’re high in fibre, plant based foods encourage our blood sugar levels to rise and decline slowly and steadily, which means we can avoid those terrible sugar rushes and crashes, which often cause us to binge on food.
This is because fibre, which is only contained in plant foods, helps to balance blood sugar by slowing the time it takes for carbohydrates to be digested, therefore slowing the release of glucose into the blood stream.
Again, because of that valuable high fibre intake, a plant based diet helps greatly with digestion, promoting regular bowel movements and preventing constipation.
MORE ENERGY, INCREASED MENTAL ALERTNESS
Feeling more energized and more mentally alert are known benefits of following a plant-based diet. By eating whole foods, we are eating clean sources of carbohydrates and proteins which tend to sustain our energy levels extremely well.
Eating plant-based is also known to boost athletic performance, claimed to be the secret weapon for maximizing athletics results. How? One hugely significant factor is that plant based athletes say they recover quicker between work outs, so they can train more frequently and intensely - the holy grail when it comes maximising athletic performance potential.
Another major reason to adopt the plant based lifestyle is its anti-aging qualities, because plant-based foods are loaded with healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidants, which improve skin clarity and tone, and giving us that overall healthy glow.
So on a day to day level, eating a plant based diet will allow your body to work at its most optimum levels.
But lets take this a step further than the day to day benefits, and lets consider what happens when we are ill –
DISEASE PREVENTION AND REVERSAL
Looking into the Science of a Plant Based diet, its extremely compelling to discover study after study providing evidence that a Whole Food Plant Based Diet can help to prevent and even reverse many of our most chronic and deadly diseases.
From Heart Disease, to Cancer, to Obesity, to Diabetes, to Osteoporosis, to High Blood Pressure, to High Cholesterol, to Auto-Immune Diseases and the list continues.
There are many world renowned Doctors who are now advocating a whole foods, plant based diet as a means to prevent and reverse disease.
Doctors such as Dr T Colin Campbell, Dr Dean Ornish, and Dr Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr Angie Sadeghi, Dr John McDougall, Dr Richard Oppenlander, Dr Michael Greger, Dr Michael Klaper, Dr Gabriel Cousins, Dr Ritamarie Loscalzo, Dr Joel Fuhrman, Dr Alan Goldhamer, Dr Tom Campbell, Dr Milton Mills, Dr Brooke Goldner, Dr Terry Mason, Dr Michelle McMacken, Dr Garth Davis, just to name a few.
Collectively they have gathered dozens of books worth of data, figures, articles, and more to back up their nutritional claims.
According to Dr Terry Mason
“We have two choices. We can eat ourselves into poor health and early death, or we can eat ourselves into good health and a long healthy life, and the latter is on a plant centred diet”
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The medical and/or nutritional information on this website is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please seek medical advice before using diet to treat disease.