Thursday, December 3, 2015

Top 3 Reasons to Embrace a Plant Based Diet

"Let food be thy medicine

 and medicine be thy food"


Today I would like to address one of the top 3 reasons that you should strongly consider a plant-based diet :


Do you suffer from Diabetes?
Do you have hypertension?
Do you have heart disease?
Are you overweight?
Do you have a history of cancer?
Do you have high cholesterol?
Do you have irritable bowel syndrome?
Are you often tired and lacking energy?
Are you often sick?

These symptoms might be common, but they do not have to be a "normal" part of life. They indicate imbalances and disorders that animal protein is either causing or making worse. In most cases, they will start to resolve within two weeks and be gone in a month or two once you start eating a plant-based diet.

If any of the above conditions apply to you or someone that you love then I hope and pray that you will read further and not tarry a day to discover for yourself what a plant based diet can do for you.

Today, let's focus on Diabetes:

Documented and Researched Data concerning Diabetes as related to eating animal protein:

"Animal protein is significantly associated with diabetes. In fact, they found a graduated increase in the risk of developing diabetes depending on the amount of animal protein consumed. Vegans had an extremely low prevalence of diabetes (2.9%) followed by vegetarians who included dairy and eggs at 3.2 %, pescatarians (adding fish) at 4.8% and meat eaters at 7.6 percent. Crunching the numbers over time, researchers found that weekly consumption of meat over a seventeen year period increased the risk of developing diabetes by a whopping 74%!!! (Tonstad, Butler, et al. 2009; Rizzo, Sabate, et al. 2011; Snowden 1988; Vang, Singh, et al. 2008). Meat consumption still correlated with diabetes even in those who didn't gain weight from it."

The above is an excerpt from "Proteinaholic" written by Dr. Garth Davis, M.D. with Howard Jacobson, Ph.D.

"According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are currently 25.8 million diabetics in the U.S. and 79 million more people suffering from pre-diabetes....much of this growth in children. In fact, young people account for 45 percent of new type 2 diabetes.

The common view of diabetes is that it develops because of eating too much sugar, but this is not the case. As Dr. Neal Barnard explains, with type 2 diabetes, the body still produces insulin, the hormone that escorts glucose into the cells so it can be used for energy, but the cells develop insulin resistance. Because the cells resist the action of insulin, glucose cannot enter the cells and builds up in the bloodstream. This in turn can cause serious complications.

Why does this resistance happen? Because the cells have become clogged with lipids (fats). The benefit of switching to a low-fat, plant-based diet is that it causes the cells to release this excess fat, which in turn allows insulin to function normal again. Thus, the solution to insulin resistance is to eat a low-fat, plant-based diet.

Dr. Bernard discovered in his own research that patients who were put on a low-fat, plant-based diet experienced greater improvement in their diabetic condition than those placed on a traditional diabetes-management diet, which continues to allow meat and dairy products."

The above excerpt is from "Forks over Knives .....The Plant-Based Way To Health". There is also a documentary available on netflix that has changed more lives than any other documentary on plant-based eating. I suggest that you check it out for more in-depth information.

For more research and documentation that proves we are being misguided in our dietary choices:

Read: "The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted" by T. Colin Campbell, PHD  and Thomas M. Campbell II, MD or watch the documentary "The China Study" also found on netflix.

Read : The End to Diabetes by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

My hope is to feed your curiosity, to plant a seed of desire to lead a healthier life by eating a plant based diet. The impact you can have on your health, your family's health, and the health of our economy and the health of our planet can begin immediately with you.

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