7 Benefits of a Balanced, Healthy, Plant-Based Diet

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At Pure Vibe we give our clients more than an excellent workout; we also provide complimentary coaching and nutrition tips to help you maintain your health and fitness goals! Your health and wellbeing are important to us, and good nutrition is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Quality nutrition goes hand-in-hand with a quality fitness program, and we believe a plant-based diet gives your body a wealth of nutrients, antioxidants, protein, fibre, and life-force energy.

Benefit 1 – Lower your chances of developing diabetes

In addition to the healthy nutrients in fruits and vegetables, these foods also contain fibre! Fibre is one of your best friends in preventing the blood-sugar highs and lows that contribute to diabetes. Fiber in your diet slows down the absorption of sugars, levelling out blood sugar levels and minimizing an insulin response.

Benefit 2 – Lower blood pressure

A plant-based diet has been shown to reduce hypertension or high blood pressure. This is likely due to the increased amount of Vitamin B6 and minerals potassium and magnesium found in fruits and vegetables. Grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables have high levels of these nutrients, whereas meats have little to none.

Benefit 3 – Reduce cardiovascular disease

Heart disease is a leading cause of death, and is mostly preventable via a healthy, plant-based diet. This is due to the high content of many nutrients, vitamins and minerals found in fruits and vegetables, as well as the fact that these foods are usually eaten as a whole food, and are not heavily processed with added sugar, sodium and trans fats.

Benefit 4 – Maintain a healthy weight

Plant-based foods are nutritionally dense, and lower in calories per gram than animal proteins and dairy. Which means you get more nutrition per calorie, and your body gets the nutrients it needs with smaller portions. And the fibre in plant-based foods help you feel fuller for longer.

Benefit 5 – Maintain regularity

Maintaining regularity is a vital part of a health lifestyle. Regular elimination also means your digestive system is working well, and your body is ridding itself of toxins efficiently. You need a combination of both soluble and insoluble fibre, and plant-based foods are excellent sources of both.

Benefit 6 – Support eye health

Research illustrations the four leading causes of blindness – cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy – can all be prevented or improved via a plant-based diet, according to Dr. Michael Greger, in his article Preserving Vision through Diet http://nutritionfacts.org/video/preventing-macular-degeneration-with-diet/

Benefit 7 – Maintain healthy skin

New York Times best-selling author and beauty expert Sofie Uliano says, “A whole food, plant-based diet will solve 90% of your skin problems.” In her book ‘Gorgeous for Good’ Uliano sums it all up, “Beauty is a holistic thing. It might start with a beautiful foundation, but unless your diet is clean, your body is strong and flexible, and you are connected to your truth, you won’t be able to find true gorgeousness.”

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