vegetarian

You will be absolutely amazed at the difference you feel when you have eaten
meat for a short period of time. It’s as if your body instantly begins to relieve
itself of all of the toxins that you have been consuming and you immediately
begin to feel more energetic and have an overall better feeling of health.
No matter what you reasons are for eating a more vegetarian diet, the health
benefits that are derived will become obvious in a very short amount of time.
Vegetarians tend to have lower blood fats, cholesterol, and triglycerides than
meat eaters of a similar age and status. Even those vegetarians who consume
eggs and milk quickly see that their cholesterol is lower than those people who
eat meat.

Heart Disease

High levels of blood fats are associated with an increased risk of heart disease.
Researchers have found that men who eat meat six or more times per week
double their chances of developing heart disease. Middle-aged men are more
likely to suffer from fatal heart attacks. Women are protected by their hormones
for the majority of their life, but older women are prone to develop heart disease
later in life. Older women who are vegetarian have been shown to have a lower
risk of heart disease.

In 1982, British researchers did a study on more than 10,000 vegetarians and
meat eaters. They found that the more meat that was consumed, the greater the
risk of heart attack. They also found that by eliminating meat from your diet, you
are reducing your consumption of fats and cholesterol that are damaging to the
heart. At the same time, however you must be careful not to compensate for not
eating meat by consuming too much milk and eggs, as this can negate the
benefits. To gain all of the benefits of vegetarianism, your intake of cream
cheese, ice cream, hard cheese and eggs should be moderate. The introduction
of more veggies, fruits and raw foods will enhance your benefits.

Cancer

Vegetarianism has also been show to reduce the incidence of certain types of
cancer as well. These diets are low in saturated fat, high in fiber and contain
phytochemicals, which protect from cancer. Several large studies in both
England and Germany have shown that vegetarians, when compared to meat
eaters, have about a 40% less chance of developing cancer as compared to
meat-eaters. Seventh-Day Adventists are largely lacto-ovo vegetarians, have
been known to have a reduced cancer risk because they tend to avoid meat. In
China, it has been found that they have similar reduced breast cancer rates due
to the amount of vegetables that they eat. In contrast, Japanese women tend to
eat more meat and are eight times more likely to develop breast cancer.
Meat and dairy consumption has been linked to various other cancers including:

  • Colon cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Ovarian cancer

In studies done by Harvard on several thousand women, it has been found that
those who regularly consume meat increase their chances of colon cancer by 300%. These high fat diets that many people consume also cause the body to
produce excess estrogen. This increase has been linked to an increase chance
for breast cancer. They have also found that breast cancer rates are one third
higher in premenopausal women who eat mostly meat diets.

Cambridge University has also linked meat diets with high levels of saturated fat
to breast cancer. They have linked dairy products to an increased risk of ovarian
cancers as the process of breaking down lactose may damage the ovaries. In
men, prostate enlargement has been linked to meat consumption and the risk
triples.

Other studies have linked an increase in white blood cell production to
vegetarianism as well. These cells are required in fending off bacteria, infection
and disease. Thus, the immune system is stronger when a vegetarian diet is
consumed.

Improved Digestion

Vegetarians see a lot of improvement in their digestive systems because they are
able to create a healthy and natural environment for these organs. Our digestive
system was originally designed to consume more vegetable matter rather than
meat. Fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts were the staple of the prehistoric
diet and your digestive system greatly benefits when you go back to this natural
type of diet. The Western diet has been drastically changed to include highly
processed food and refined flour and sugar products. This has led to a variety of
health problems from heart disease to obesity.

When the body isn’t being fed properly and the digestive system isn’t functioning
properly, the body begins to adapt. It begins to make changes in the cells of the
stomach and colon. When we don’t consume enough fiber, we incur a variety of problems including constipation and hemorrhoids. These problems are not
normally seen in a vegetarian diet.

Weight

Weight is a huge problem in this country and if you think about it, have you ever
really seen a fat vegetarian? Most likely you have not. In fact, most vegetarians
are lean and healthy. Whenever you see a dietician or nutritionist, they most
likely tell you to increase your vegetable intake and decrease the amount of meat
you consume, especially red meats and pork. Many vegetarians who resume
their old diets have found that the weight they lost tends to come back. Your will
power is not enough to prevent the onset of weight from eating a high-fat meat
based diet.

You are naturally healthier and feel better when you eat a diet that is high in
dietary fiber, which is consumed from vegetables and fruits. As a vegetarian you
are essentially feeding your body the nutrition that it needs to provide your body
with useful energy, not energy that has to be stored. You just feel better because
of this.

Many diets fail because we are forcing ourselves to avoid food that we like. This
only leads to temptation to eat those foods. The trick to being a successful
vegetarian is to realize that you don’t need to eat meat and that you can go
without it. You are focused on eating healthier and you forget that you are trying
to lose weight. You actually begin to lose weight without realizing it, simply
because you have eliminated your main source of fat and overall unhealthiness.
At the same time, all of the bad health effects disappear because of your healthy
and natural diet.

Kidneys

Diets that are high in animal proteins tend to cause the body to excrete more
calcium, uric acid and oxalates. These are three substances that are the main
components of kidney stones. For those people who have a tendency for kidney
stones, British researchers have advised that these people follow a vegetarian
diet. The American Academy of Family Physicians has also confirmed that high
animal protein consumption is the cause of kidney stones in the US as well. By
eating a vegetarian diet your body does not secrete as much of these
substances, therefore it does not form kidney stones.

Osteoporosis

For many of the same reasons we are able to reduce the risk of kidney stones by
following a vegetarian diet, we are also able to reduce our chances for
osteoporosis. Eating meat may actually promote bone loss because it forces
calcium out of the body. In many nations where veggies are the basis of their
diet, osteoporosis is less common than in developed countries such as the US.
And, calcium is consumed less in the US.

So, with our meat-eating diets we are forced to also consume calcium
supplements and prescription drugs to prevent the onset of osteoporosis. These
supplements can also have drastic side effects. Many nutrition experts agree
that the calcium supplements purchased at drug stores are inferior to the calcium
that you receive from natural food sources. This is typically because they are not
absorbed well by the body.

There are several good sources of calcium including:

  • Orange juice
  • Dry beans
  • Dark leafy vegetables
  • Tofu

Detoxification

Many people have gotten on a kick of doing weekend Detox diets and similar
programs. Did you know that you don’t have to do this if you are a vegetarian?

Cleansing the body of harmful toxins is easy if you eat a vegetarian diet. You are
not consuming all of the growth hormones and antibiotics that you get from the
meat that you purchase at the grocery store. People really don’t realize that they
get these toxins from their carnivorous diet. A diet that is high in fat and
processed tends to slow down the digestion of your food and this allows your
body to soak up and accumulate the toxins from this type of diet.

Bacteria and toxins that accumulate in your system can also create a feeling of
sluggishness. There are also a variety of digestive disorders, such as colitis and
irritable bowel disorders that may develop as well. When you eat a healthy
vegetarian diet, you introduce dietary fiber to your diet and your digestive system
begins to suddenly work better.

When you eliminate meat from your diet, your body is freed from the intense
work it takes to digest those types of food. Everything seems to become clearer
and work better. You also become more aware of the toxicity of the food you had
been eating before.Chemicals and toxins in our food have become a large concern in the US. There
are more and more chemicals and preservatives being added to our food. We
are ingesting these products every time we eat processed foods, refined foods,
and various other hormones and antibiotics that we receive through our meat.
Because of this, a variety of other issues are developed in its wake including:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Arthritis · Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Skin problems
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Pains
  • Coughs
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Weak immune systems