For general overall health, a whole foods plant based diet has many benefits:
- Lower Blood Pressure – due to a higher intake of potassium rich foods.
- Lower cholesterol – There is no cholesterol in plants, only animal products.
- Lower rates of cancer – a vegan diet is the No.1 way to reduce cancer risk
- Lower rates of heart disease – animal products are high in artery clogging saturated fat
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High fibre and nutrient heavy plant foods will enable you to have longer workouts, more endurance, and less recovery times between workouts.
Ok, thats all well and good, but how about protein we hear you ask. You need protein to build muscle right? Well protein is found in nearly all foods. Its abundant in most vegetables, seeds, legumes, nuts and even fruits.
Surely the quantity of protein in plants compares unfavourably to meat though, right? Another myth! Actually pound for pound, many sources of plant based protein actually have a higher percentage protein than meat.
There are also many brands offering plant based protein which you can add to smoothies and shakes and even incorporate into your baking… protein muffins anyone?
A common misconception is that cow’s milk gives you strong bones. However there is growing evidence that dairy is actually harmful for bone health. A Harvard Nurses’ Study found that those who consumed two or more glasses of milk per day had higher risks of broken hips and arms than those who drank one glass or less per day: Calcium and Milk: What’s Best for Your Bones and Health?
Like all animal protein, milk acidifies the body pH which in turn causes the body to leach calcium from the bones to neutralize this acidifying effect, thus weakening bones. Calcium obtained from plants does not have this damaging effect.
The most healthful calcium sources are green leafy vegetables and legumes. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, collards, kale, mustard greens, Swiss chard, and other greens are loaded with highly absorbable calcium and a host of other healthful nutrients. There are also a plethora of non dairy milk option such as almond, soy, hemp and rice milk.
So, despite what the meat and dairy industries would have us believe, a whole foods plant based diet is actually the optimal diet for health and fitness. There are countless examples of successful vegan athletes:
Tony Gonzales, Mike Tyson, Carl Lewis, Mac Danzig, Rich Roll, Brendan Brazier, Robert Cheeke, Richard Campbell, Jim Morris, Ryan Nelso, Amanda Riester, Avi Leyhani, Rip Esselstyn and many more!
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