4 Unexpected Benefits of Adopting a Vegan Diet

4 Unexpected Benefits of Adopting a Vegan Diet

Whether you have been thinking about it for a while, or the concept is completely new, you may be feeling that the new spring season, with the onset of fresh produce and a new incoming crop, is the perfect time to go vegan.  

Adopting a vegan, plant-based diet, means you do not consume any animal products, and instead fuel your body on whole foods that are from the earth.

While doing so is exceptionally healthy and may help you in your weight loss goals, there may also be some other unexpected benefits from adopting a vegan diet that you aren’t aware of:

1. Clear Skin

For individuals who suffer from regular skin breakouts, cutting out animal products, in particular meat and dairy could be the answer you have been looking for.  Dairy has been shown to have dramatic, negative effects on children’s’ development or maintenance of eczema, and meat causes issues due to its level of nitrates. Nitrates are chemicals which are contained in the meat, and when the body processes the meat and seeks to get rid of it, the nitrates are removed and sent into the joints and out through the lymphatic system. This system is connected to the pores of the skin and all of these products being eliminated can cause regular skin breakouts..

2. Increased Energy

Fuelling your body with plants, which are rich in antioxidants, packed with nutrients and have a high water content does wonders for increasing your energy levels.  The body has access to all the nutrients that it needs to facilitate the energy generation pathway. Not to mention these nutrients are very efficient at detoxification within the body and at fostering proper digestion.  This allows you to avoid that tired slump you may be prone to feeling after eating.

3. Improves Concentration

Not only does a vegan, plant based diet fuel your body more efficiently, but it also fuels your brain! Our brain needs an optimal fuel source to run most effectively, and this energy is best found in healthy fats and complex carbohydrates.  When we fuel it properly, the brain functions better, improving concentration and focus, reducing brain fog and increasing attention span. Not to mention, better focus improves your productivity and better brain function improves your mood.

4. Reduced Inflammation

Many foods we eat, such as refined sugar, processed foods, dairy or simple carbohydrates are inflammatory foods within the body.  They cause inflammation of our joints, certain parts of our body systems, and foster the further development of inflammation from daily activity or physical activity.  Inflammation is a natural response by the body as the first sign of a problem. This is initiated by the immune system, and the immune system then tries to fight the invader and heal our body. When this invader is food however, this can be the precursor to allergies or autoimmune disorders, and at the very least is tiring on the immune system to have to be constantly working. Eating plants however does not elicit any of these things. Plants are anti-inflammatory instead of pro-inflammatory, and as such encourage better health of the immune system and other bodily systems.
Ready to give it a try? Head to the grocery store, fill your fridge with plants and get started!

By: Laura Peill, RHN, BScH –  Viand Nutrition

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