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Veganism Is Holistic Medicine

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There are quite a few reasons why you should consider eating vegan at this point in time and one of them is that it is a holistic practice. Changing your diet for the better can heal a vast number of medical and psychological ills plus, because it is more ethical, you feel better about yourself because you are not eating meat and you are not leaving a large carbon footprint on the planet when you are gone.

Veganism Is Good Medicine For Some

Our bodies can change vastly for the better after eating a single in even just a few minutes. That is why food is so important! We really are what we eat and food really is medicine. The reaction we have to some foods has an immediate impact on us, and it is so immediate for some people that it is similar to ingesting a pill. If you are looking to accomplish a drastic change in health then veganism might be for you. [1]

Most of us have experienced a change in physicality. When we eat a hot chili pepper, an immediate flush, sweating and a feeling of warmth can pervade the body. In this way, just eating that chili pepper is practically medicine already. It is increasing circulation to parts of your body.

On the other hand eating junk food can put your metabolism under stress. The sugar in junk food can cause your pancreas to secrete high amounts insulin and cause a dangerous spike in blood sugar levels. [2]

According to research presented by Vincent Lee of the University of Calgary at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress the consequences of eating high-fat food can become apparent within a matter of hours. The study fed twenty healthy university students two junk food breakfast sandwiches that included processed cheese, egg and ham on a bun and found that added up to 860 calories, 1,500 milligrams of sodium and 50 grams of fat—roughly as much sodium and fat as an adult is supposed to eat in a day. The study then calculated the student’s arterial health and concluded that just two hours of eating the sandwiches the student’s blood vessels had shrunk and were fifteen to twenty percent lower than on days when they hadn’t consumed any food at all.[3]

The Benefits of Becoming a Vegan

So what can taking good medicine in the form of good food actually accomplish for you in the long run?

When you eat a healthier diet, quit smoking, exercise, meditate, and have more love in your life, then your brain receives more blood and oxygen.

You also think more clearly, have more energy and need less sleep. Your brain may actually grow more brain cells. In fact if you eat a good diet your brain can actually get bigger in only three months. [4]

Your face will glow and your circulation will improve so that you show less wrinkles. Your heart gets more blood flow so toxins are eliminated from your body faster. You simply have more stamina and resilience against everything that your body must do to fight to stay alive every day.

Eating the right foods can also reverse heart disease and help you drop pounds. Your sexual organs receive more blood flow, so you may become more potent— guys won’t need Cialis or Viagra to function anymore!

For many people, these are choices worth making—not just to live longer, but also to live better.

In contrast, meals high in fat, sugar, and calories cause your arteries to constrict, so blood flow is reduced. The same is true of chronic stress. Nicotine, caffeine, cocaine and amphetamines also hurt your body. So does a lack of exercise.

Your brain receives less oxygen if you eat badly. You and your skin will look older. You will lose fertility and oxygen and seem a lot older than you actually are…

Stay Away From “Dead Food”

This causes your body to enter a state of acidity that leads to inflammation and disease. Aging is actually matter of oxidization. Your cells receive less oxygen over time which intern leads to free radical damage because they suffocate to death. That is why it is so important not to eat “dead food” that is over processed, high-carb and lacking in nutrition.

Dead food is the opposite of the raw “live food” you eat on a vegan diet. If you are eating everything baked, broiled, boiled and fried you are eating “dead food.” For most of us 70% of what we eat every day is dead food.[5]

Every time you eat processed food you are starving your cells to death. You are clogging your colon, turning your liver into a fatty pate and creating insulin resistance that causes your body’s blood sugar to skyrocket. Before you know it, you are not feeling very well because you are, unknowingly, starving the cells in your body to death by not eating properly.[6]

Eating a vegan diet is your best defense against disease and aging in general. However it is not for everybody which is why you should consult with a naturopath who can give you a blood analysis to see if this is the absolutely best diet for you.

For more information or to book a consultation about anti-aging, diet and weight loss programs or any health issue you may be experiencing, visit the Pinewood Natural Health Clinic website that has a list of full services and products at www.pinewood.ca or call our Toronto Office at (416)-656- 8100. We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario at (905)-427-0057. You can also email us at info@pinewoodhealth.ca and we would be happy to answer any question that you have about our holistic health services.

[1] Joseph Stromberg. Even in Healthy Adults, High-Fat Fast Foods Affect Arteries Almost Immediately. October 3, 2014. http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2012/10/even-in-healthy-eaters-high-fat-foods-quickly-affect-arteries/. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 1:20 pm.
[2] Fitday Staff. Fast Food Nutrition: Junk Food’s Effect On Your Body. (No posted date.) Fitday. http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/fast-food-nutrition-junk-foods-effect-on-your-body.html. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 4:45 pm.
[3] Stromberg. Retrieved September 29, 2014, 3:15 pm.[4] Wharton Gossett, 11 Steps to A Better Brain. New Scientist. (date unknown). http://gosset.wharton.upenn.edu/mortality/new_scientist.html. Retrieved September 30, 2014, 2:50 pm.
[5] S.D. Wells, Health Basics: What is dead food and how much are you eating daily? Natural News. Retrieved October 11, 2012. http://www.naturalnews.com/034770_dead_food_diet_nutrition.html.http://www.naturalnews.com/034770_dead_food_diet_nutrition.html. Retrieved September 27, 2014, 7 pm.
[6] S.D Wells. Retrieved September 27, 2014, 7:10 pm.

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