Is the Vegan Diet the New Fountain of Youth?
We have all heard the expression from our parents or doctors, “you are what you eat”. Most of us just shrug our shoulders and go on eating fast food, meats, dairy, and sugary candy. But, if you ask any dedicated vegan, they will tell you how their diet and lifestyle change, took acne- prone, aging skin and turned it into beautiful, healthy, revitalized skin. So, why make the change from meat and dairy, to a vegan diet of only plant-based foods?
Many studies have shown that eating a diet heavy in meats and dairy can lead to many different illnesses and conditions. Why is that? Eating saturated fatty acids, high levels of hormones and excessive animal proteins, found in western meat and dairy, can lead to inflammation, breakdown in collagen and elastin, and increased oil secretion, breakout and acne. Saturated fat causes cholesterol on the walls of arteries which leads to inflammation that goes directly to your skin, causing redness, pimples, and wrinkles. Many animals are given steroids and growth hormones with todays western farming methods. These hormones in meat and dairy, transfer to our bodies and create an imbalance that can lead to acne and inflammation. Along with that, animal meat is more difficult to digest and can build up toxins in the body, which affects the skin. All of this takes away from an extended glow and youthful complexion we all hope to have as we age.
Eating a plant-based diet, like vegans can rapidly change you both internally and externally. Fruits and vegetables are higher in water content than meat. Water helps hydrate your skin giving it a glowing radiance. Meat and dairy is difficult to digest, but eating more fiber from planet and more water can help purify and detox the body and skin. Fruits, vegetables and plants are rich in vitamins and antioxidants which are vital to long-term healthy looking skin.
Vitamin C found in fruits and veggies like papaya, lemon, kiwi, oranges, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potato, and strawberries are antioxidants that help speed up the production of collagen which increases the elasticity of your skin. It provides shape and support, and stops it from sagging, which reduces wrinkles.
Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, which are chemicals in your body that are produced naturally and can damage healthy cells. Free radicals contribute to wrinkles, brown spots, and other signs of aging, but eating plants like blueberries, kale, pomegranates and spinach can slow these signs down.
Plant based proteins found in beans contain zinc which helps to battle zits and decrease inflammation.
Healthy fats like flaxseed oil, olive oil, and safflower oil help retain water in the skin. Unlike saturated fats, found in meats, good fatty acids help moisturize our skin and reduce dryness, redness and inflammation. They can also be found in soybeans, cabbage, walnuts, broccoli.
Vitamin E heals skin and prevents scarring. It carries red blood cells which carry nutrients to skin. Foods high in Vitamin E are olive oil, spinach, and sunflower seeds.
Beta carotene a powerful antioxidant, which our body converts it to Vitamin A helps to repair skin tissue and protect against sun damage are found in carrots, spinach, broccoli, lettuce, and dried apricots.
Whether your reasons with becoming a vegan are for ethical reasons, environmental factors, or for a new healthy style of living, the choice is personal, with seemingly endless benefits. It seems that the vegan diet has magical powers, like a new fountain of youth.
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