In the recent past, people have been relying on animal products to get through life on a daily basis. Most of which is consumed via the average American diet. Many people have been led to believe this is a healthy lifestyle, and although factual statistics prove otherwise...that is a conversation for another day, and another blog! :) That being said, change is necessary for human kind to continue to live. At the rate we are going now, lack of care in regards to health and sustainability could end civilization sooner than later.
While consdering these factors, we must continue to work together to educate and innovate towards making the world a better, healthier place. Whether you want to hear it or not, this starts with a plant based diet. Many believe that eating only plants is a non effective lifestyle choice for many reasons, one of which we will focus on....PROTEIN. Protein comes in all shapes and sizes, but knowing the sources can be a chllenge. The debate of whether or not animal protein is properly utilized throughout the human body is always a topic of conversation, but few focus on the natural proteins in life. For example, plant based proteins can come in the form of many foods such as lentils, peas, cauliflower, spinach, broccoli, aspargus, kale, tofu, quinoa, brown rice, oats, almonds, cashews, pistachios, and even pumkin seeds.
Although few people have lived the plant based lifestyle in the fitness community, MANY have overlooked the benefits that come along with it. In addition to the nutritional and physical benefits, a plant based diet is the most effective diet for disease prevention. Heard enough? Well, we aren't done just yet. While a proven plant based diet is the best for disease prevention, intermittnet fasting in addition to a vegan diet has been proven to not only prevent disease, but heal the body from previous injuries or disease. So why not give it a try? The numbers don't lie.
Through intermittent fasting, the body is allowed freedom to work on other aspects of your health such as weight loss and brain functionality. Not to mention, it's being deemed as the next fountain of youth remedy. So what exactly is intermittent fasting? Basically, all forms of intermittent fasting involve splitting the day or week into "eating" periods, as well as "fasting" periods. The most popular methods are that of taking a 24 hour eating period, and countering it with a 24 hour fasting period. There is also the 16 to 8 ratio method. This second method is not only the most popular, but the easiest to maintain. You are allowed 8 hours a day in which you can eat, followed by 16 hours of straight fasting for your health.
Health benefits can vary from person to person, but a few things remain universally true with intermittent fasting. One of the most benefiting factors to consider is your insulin sensitivity improving, as well as your insulin levels decreasing in the body(which allows access to stored fat). Another one if the leading benefits of intermittent fasting is an extreme rise in HGH(human growth hormone) levels. This can help build muscle, as well as burn fat throughout the body. On top of all that, gene longevity and cellular repair takes place during intermittent fasting(cells digest and remove disfuntional proteins inside cells).
So now that you know the benefits of intermittent fasting and plant based diets, you can educate others to help them begin the transition into a healthier lifestyle. If that isn't your cup of tea, at least you are armed with the information to make an educated decision on your own in regards to the diet you choose to live by. Health and longevity in life are of the utmost importance, choose the plant based lifestyle for better way of living.
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