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Veganuary #3: For Your Health

I know what you’re thinking. “Oh, there she is again, talking about being vegan, how annoying”. 

Well I don’t care. But what I do care about, is you’re health. 

Which leads up to another reason why people decide to go vegan. Their health. 

There have been many scientific studies that show a person whose diet contains no animal products at all, is less likely to develop chronic illnesses such as coronary heart disease, diabetes and various types of cancer. They also show that these diets have a lower risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, strokes, hardened blood vessels, kidney failure and many many more. 

In fact vegan diets tend to contain less saturated fat and cholesterol and more dietary fiber.

It also goes without saying that vegans aren’t as at risk from receiving various diseases that are passed on from the animals, such as E.Coli and Campylobacter. As well as food poisoning and salmonella poisoning due to not handling/cooking raw meat, eggs and dairy in the correct manner.

Campylobacter is the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK. It is considered to be responsible for about 460,000 cases of food poisoning, 22,000 hospitalisations and 110 deaths each year [in the UK], and a significant proportion of these cases come from poultry. A Food Standards Agency (FSA) survey of chicken on sale in the UK (2007/8) indicated that 65% of chicken on sale in shops was contaminated with campylobacter.” 

UK Food Standards Agency 2008.

As if all that isn’t enough, did you know that nearly 50% of antibiotics used in the UK are used in animal agriculture, and in the USA this figure is a staggering 80%.

Antibiotics are fed to farmed animals to offset the disease risks posed by overcrowding, stressful conditions, early weaning and maximising production. These are given regardless of whether the animal is infected or not.

Another scary part of this is that the agricultural antibiotic use is driving up levels of antibiotic resistance in the animals and the public, leading to new “superbugs”. But this form of antibiotic usage is only likely to rise because of the economic growth, increasing wealth and food consumption.

In addition to good nutrition and disease prevention, a vegan lifestyle also provides many physical benefits, such as:

  • Higher energy levels.
  • Good skin health – due to various nuts and vitamins from vegetables.
  • Longer life span – several studies indicate that those following a vegan lifestyle live an average of three to six years longer than those who do not.
  • Healthy hair – many who follow vegan diets report that their hair becomes stronger, has more body, and looks healthier.
  • Healthy nails – healthy vegan diets are also responsible for much stronger, healthier nails.
  • Help with PMS symptons – many women tell how PMS symptoms become much less intense or disappear altogether on a vegan diet.

So why not try vegan this January, and reap the benefits? You can sign up to take part in Veganuary here, for free.

Peace & Love, Sian

I would like to point out that veganism is not just a diet, but a lifestyle. However, I understand that everyone’s motives for being vegan/trying veganism are different. 

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