In recent times, we have seen an increase in the amount of people starting to practice vegan and vegetarianism. This can be put down to a lot of factors. Whether that may be the increased focus on animal cruelty, or the increased availability of meat alternatives. One of the biggest reasons for choosing a vegetarian diet, is for the health benefits. Here are some of the health benefits that you can see from a meat-free diet.
· It Can Improve Your Mood
Studies have shown that Arachidonic Acid (an acid that comes from dietary animal sources) can have a negative influence on the way that we feel. Because vegetarians don’t have a high amount of this acid in their diets, they are more likely to be unaffected by what they eat. This doesn’t mean that vegetarians are happy all of the time, but what they eat affects them less.
· Improve Psoriasis Symptoms
For those of you who don’t know, Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes redness and irritation of the skin. A study from a Brazilian university has shown that dropping meat, fish and poultry from your diet can see improvement of these symptoms.
· Reduce the Chances/Effects of Diabetes
A Vegetarian diet is linked with the reduction of incidences of diabetes according to research. It is also said that adopting vegetarianism will reduce the chances of ever getting the condition by one half.
· Less Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
There is a relationship between becoming a vegetarian and the reduction in risk of cardiovascular disease. This is because their diet is usually filled with a lot of antioxidants. Antioxidants can reduce the stress that can potentially be put on the heart.
· Vegetarian Diet Usually Have Low Cholesterol
Once you remove animal fat from your diet, you will get rid of the negative effects it can have on your health. A meat-free diet has been seen to lower cholesterol more effectively than one where meat is eaten.
· Can Lower Risk of Obesity
While this may not always be the case – there are plenty unhealthy vegetarian foods – it is much more likely. Vegetarians don’t tend to choose food based on emotion as much as people who eat meat, making their lifestyle much healthier.
· Less Chance of Kidney Stones
Vegetarianism eliminates animal protein from your diet. This results in the pH balance of your urine being higher. Kidney stones are usually formed when someone has a lower pH balance. So if you want to lessen the risk of this unwanted situation, you could adopt a vegetarian diet.