Top 5 Benefits of Going Plant-Based



As someone who is not currently plant-based, the idea of transitioning to a plant-based diet is both intriguing and daunting. Don't get me wrong, I love my salmon, eggs and yogurt (let's be honest—the real thing that holds me back is ice cream). However, I often find myself wondering what health improvements I might see if I were to transition to a plant-based diet. So, I rounded up my top five benefits {perceived} to going plant-based!


1. Improve your mood

An inflammatory omega-6 fatty acid called arachinonic acid is found in food items such as eggs, chicken and other meats and has been shown to cause neuroinflammation, aka it causes the brain to become inflamed. Inflammation of the brain has been linked to increased suicide risk and episodes of depression. Significant improvements in depression, anxiety, fatigue and emotional well-being has been found in many individuals who adopt a plant-based diet. As someone who was literally born with anxiety, this is a benefit I could definitely cash in on.





2. Save money

Recently, I tried to make a budget. I gave myself a certain amount of money to spend each week on groceries. I have one word (acronym really): LOL. However, it seems that transitioning to a plant-based diet could be a little easier on the wallet. One source claims that going plant based has saved one family $4000 in two years!!




3. Improved BMI

Many sources suggest that living a plant-based lifestyle equals a lower BMI and surely you've noticed by now all the noise on social media about certain "diets" or "cleanses" to reduce your waistline. We know that extreme diets and/or fad diets do not typically last long-term (sad, but true). Since going plant-based is definitely more of a way of life, it is likely to be more sustainable.



4. Improve Fitness

I work out. I lift weights. I'm passionate about my fitness. So a major concern with transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle for me is not getting enough protein and compromising my lean muscle mass. Turns out, going plant-based could actually improve your fitness status. One sources suggests that going plant-based not only provides adequate protein but also could eliminate the need for bulk/cut cycling. Instead, you could just be "cut" year-round. I mean, zero complaints here!




5. Improved Overall Wellness

I will take any opportunity I can to improve my health. Transitioning to a plant-based diet is associated with lesser incidences of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Say no more!







Hi! My name is Cassady Black and I am a student in Georgia State University’s coordinated program for dietetics . I have been very passionate about health, wellness and nutrition for a long time, while I have been veg-curious for a short period of time. I also love to try my hand at blogging and content curation. My ultimate goal is to start a virtual business that allows individuals easy access to solid nutrition guidance and lifestyle change!





Sources:

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/plant-based-diets-for-improved-mood-and-productivity/

https://www.gobankingrates.com/saving-money/food/going-vegan-saves-money/

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/thousands-of-vegans-studied/

http://ucdintegrativemedicine.com/2015/04/working-out-on-a-plant-based-diet/#gs.v10tnu

https://nutritionfacts.org/topics/plant-based-diets/


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