Going Vegan involves refraining from eating animal-based or animal-derived products such as meat, fish, eggs and dairy products. A vegan’s diet includes grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes and all kinds of plant-based products.    Every November 1st is World Vegan Day; a day set aside to promote the benefits of a Vegan lifestyle.

The World Health Organization encourages households to consume more plant-based foods due to consistent evidence indicating that such diets reduce one’s probability of contracting non-communicable chronic diseases. A vegetarian diet may be the key to long life. Several studies have shown that plant-based meals minimize the probability of developing chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, thus, enhances longevity. There is even research showing that, the more animal foods we eat, the more animalistic or uncontrollable we become.

Here are 7 benefits of Going Vegan.

Reduces Obesity & Aids Weight Loss

A vegan diet is very high in fibre due to its plant source. Vegetables like cabbage, lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, and legumes are fibrous in nature and rich in micro-nutrients, essential for different parts of the human body. Fruits such as oranges, banana, apple, and watermelon are also high in fibre. Most plants are low in fats and calories so even if they are over consumed, one is unlikely to gain excessive weight on them. Fruits are however high in sugar so portion control is key.

Reduces lifestyle diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes

Eating nuts, vegetables, and whole grains, while eliminating dairy products and meat, will improve your cardiovascular health. A British study indicates that a vegan diet reduces the risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Vegan diets go far in preventing heart attack and stroke.

Has anti-ageing properties

Fruits and vegetables contain high quantities of flavonoids and carotenoids, two plant-based antioxidants. These remove free radicals from the skin and body that cause premature ageing. Vegetables and fruits are also major sources of vitamins C, E along with beta-carotene which helps to moisturize and heal skin tissues. This ensures a healthy and glowing skin. Each time I go on a vegan diet, I see huge improvements in my skin and look.

Improves bone health

A healthy bone hinges on a good balance of protein. Going vegan helps you regulate your protein intake by depending more on plant-based protein which is much healthier than the consumption of red meats which has saturated fats. Fruits and vegetables have a high content of potassium and magnesium which reduces blood acidity and lowers the urinary excretion of calcium. Vegetables like broccoli, Chinese cabbage, collards can supply calcium needed for the body.

Halts the progress of prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer amongst men. Findings published by the American Society of Nutrition in 2014 concluded that high intakes of dairy products may increase men’s risk of prostate cancer. In another study, men with early stages of prostate cancer who switched to a vegan diet stopped the progress of cancer.

Promotes a healthy heart

High fibre whole grains and legumes are digested slowly and have a low glycemic index which helps keep blood sugar level steady. Nuts also have a low glycemic index and Walnuts are known to be rich in omega-3 fatty acids. According to research, fruit and vegetable consumption is associated with reduced cardiovascular mortality because animal products are the main sources of saturated fat. Vegetables and fruits are rich in potassium which helps lower blood pressure.

Reduces Propensity to Cancer

The WHO has classified processed meat as carcinogenic. Vegan diets, on the other hand, are high in Phytochemicals which help to prevent cancer. A research in the United States on a religious group, Seventh-Day Adventists revealed significant reductions in cancer risk among those who avoided meat. Harvard studies involving thousands of women and men show that regular meat intake increases the risk of colon cancer (300%).

I have personally gone on a vegan diet on several occasions and the results are always remarkable. When Daniel and his friends went on a 10 Day Vegan diet, the Bible says they were 10 times better than their companions (See Daniel 1). Do you want to be 10x better physically, emotionally and spiritually? Then I want to recommend a vegan diet to you, even if it is only for a day.