Most of us already know about veganism and the health benefits related to it. The easiest way to know about them is to feel them. The challenge comes when we talk to some 'intellectual' people who need scientific reasons before making a decision. There is nothing wrong with that. If you are on a mission of educating and empowering people around you like me, remember that we need to e tactful. We must relate to people at their level, not ours.
One of the things we can educate people about is oxidative or free radical stress that our bodies go through. Oxidation is a process in which the molecules of oxygen in our bodies break up into 2 atoms each. These are then called free radicals which damage our bodies slowly but surely. Free radicals are known to be responsible for a lot of diseases like diabetes, cancer, arthritis, inflammation and heart diseases. It also catalyzes the aging mechanism.
Have you seen people who are above 50, 60 or even 70 years of age but have a flawless skin, disease free body and are full of energy and enthusiasm? I have. And the reason behind this miracle is their lifestyle. Sources that lead to oxidation and free radical damage are pollution, smoking, sunlight, junk food, fried food, processed food, stress, tension and ionization due to usage of computer screen or television.
Of course, we cannot completely avoid all of these but what we can do is choose a healthy vegan diet. There is a process called anti-oxidaton which can prevent us. Most of us have heard about antioxidants and how we should include them in our diet. These are the substances that donate one of their electrons so that the free radicals can bond with them and become neutral again.
We should take a combination of antioxidants that are present in vitamin A, C and E rich foods. We must include yellow, orange and green colored fruits and vegetables in our diet. Oranges, carrots, spinach, peaches etc are some good sources of antioxidants. The ACE combination can improve our immunity and are also good for eyes and skin.
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