Many people get into a vegan lifestyle because they are concerned about the planet. They are concerned about animal cruelty. They are concerned with living a healthier lifestyle. Getting rid of animal products and embracing a more plant-based diet has a wide range of benefits. Most people who go vegan will attest to feeling and looking better once they embark on this lifestyle. Here are some ways that going vegan can improve your appearance and your health.
Getting Rid of Dairy
We have long been told that dairy provides calcium, a nutrient that is important for bone health. Because it is often fortified with vitamin D to help our bodies access the calcium and provides protein, dairy products are touted as health foods. The truth is there is no objective study to back up these claims. In fact, you are more likely to reduce the risk of osteoporosis by decreasing your intake of sodium and eating more fruits and vegetables. Vegetables such as kale, broccoli, and other leafy greens are especially good for providing calcium.
In addition, dairy products have been associated with health problems such as weight gain, heart disease, and even skin problems. If you have skin problems that might be associated with dairy, try removing all dairy products from your diet for 120 days. That is the length of the life cycle of the skin cell. If dairy really is your problem, you will see a marked improvement. If you do, then maybe you should consider a vegan diet.
Getting Rid of Processed Foods
Processed food offers convenience and, let's face it, it tastes good. Unfortunately, processed foods also introduce a day's recommended allowance of fat, sugar, and salt into a single serving. Some processed food companies are trying to re-brand themselves with healthier versions of their most popular food items. Being less unhealthy, however, does not necessarily equate to being more healthy. In the meantime, the fat, sugar and salt that we regularly take in from the standard American diet are contributing to a rise in health problems like obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease. If health insurers can determine the cost of your insurance based on whether or not you smoke, perhaps there should be a health insurance comparison study on vegans vs non-vegans.
Introducing More Nutrients
One of the huge benefits of the vegan diet is that you are more likely to consume whole, nutrient-dense foods. Not only will this improve your health, but it is sure to improve your skin, too. Here are some of the nutrients you should be seeking to improve your skin.
Sulfur-Important for joints, hair, and nails, sulfur also helps to heal scars and acne. You can find sulfur in arugula, pumpkins seeds, radishes, cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts just to name a few. Silicone- Silicone does not sound like something you should find in foods, but it is a nutrient that makes skin more youthful looking by improving elasticity. It reduces wrinkles by thickening and strengthening the skin. It can be found in foods like cucumbers and peppers both with the skins on them. It can also be found in radishes, spinach, baby greens and whole tomatoes.
Zinc- Zinc is important for reducing inflammation. It also helps lymph to circulate through the body. It boosts your immune system, helps heal wounds and acne and reduces the signs of aging. It can be found in seeds like poppy and pumpkin and in nuts like cashews, pecans, and pine. You can also get it from leafy greens, lentils, and whole grains.
Iron- Iron-rich blood gives your skin a natural glow. It can be found in leafy greens, apricots, pumpkin seeds, dates, and millet. In order to access the iron in plants, you must take it with a vitamin C rich foods. You should also avoid coffee, at least during meal times, as coffee can block iron absorption.
Committing to a vegan diet offers a host of benefits. It can help you to lose weight and reduce your chances of serious long-term illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. In addition to those health benefits, there is also the added bonus of radiant skin.