As I write this, I am reminded of a beautiful saying by Mahatma Gandhi, “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” Looking at the state of the average human today, it is not surprising to see why they are in so much turmoil. They have literally turned the saying on its head and are treating wealth as everything. They are blindly running after it sacrificing their health in the process.
If you are like me, you would probably be sighing right now as well. It’s such a pity that life has become a series of “tasks” that must be completed and we are just not giving importance to things that require it the most! I mean, it’s a no-brainer that if your health is not at an optimal state, you won’t be able to achieve anything else in life either. You don’t need to be a genius to understand this!
It’s not even that hard to take care of your health as many make it out to be. With just a little bit of help, your body can function at its best. It is quite intelligent that way! There are just two things that you need to do basically – eat a healthy diet and exercise. Both require some attention but won’t take too much time away from your daily routine.
Out of the two, eating healthy is probably what comes first. If you really want to make a radical change, live as optimally as possible and in harmony with the environment itself, you should adopt veganism. It’s no wonder that it is an increasing trend in the world. If you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know what a vegan diet is, it basically means food devoid of all animal products.
Many people are becoming aware of the importance of being healthy and how going vegan is a sure shot way to achieve that while contributing towards the planet at the same time. As Ann Wigmore once said, “Your health is what you make of it. Everything you do and think either adds to the vitality, energy, and spirit you possess or takes away from it.”
The Real Health Benefits of A Vegan Diet
There are so many health benefits of adopting a vegan diet, that it is ridiculous! For starters, it helps you lose weight. Obesity is a rising problem in the world and adopting a vegan diet can work wonders for obese people. There is a natural tendency among vegans to eat fewer calories which might be due to the higher fibre intake. This is what reduces your weight.
Another important benefit is that a vegan diet helps keep blood sugar level in check and prevents the onset of type 2 diabetes. This is another major health problem that an increasing number of people are suffering from. Again, greater fibre intake along with the reduced weight helps with lower sugar levels.
A vegan diet is also good for your heart.
Several studies have shown that a vegan diet helps reduce the risk of developing heart diseases and high blood pressure. One of the main reasons for this might be that vegan diets are immensely useful in reducing your cholesterol, which is a major cause for heart diseases.
There is a slew of other health benefits that are so significant that it will make you question why you haven’t already dived deep into veganism. It reduces the risk of developing cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Also, it reduces the symptoms of arthritis such as joint pain, swelling, stiffness which is really useful as you grow older!
Apart from the health benefits, there is one major benefit that directly affects your mental state.
If you don’t eat any animal products, your conscience will be totally clear. You will know that no animal had to die for you to satisfy your hunger or desire. This might not seem like a lot, but it sure provides you with a sense of happiness.
The Absolute For Environmental Sustainability
Next up is the topic of the environment and sustainability. Veganism does wonders for the planet. It’s quite surprising why more people aren’t talking about this. It might be because they are heavily biased and would like to keep eating animals for their pleasure or hunger.
According to a study conducted in 2018, doing away with meat and dairy products from your diet could cut down your carbon footprint from food by up to 73%. Now, that is a significant number. Most people don’t realise this but it puts a lot of strain on the environment to produce food from animals.
For example, one kg of beef requires about 15,000 litres of water to produce.
And that’s just water. There are tons of other resources that go into the whole process as well. So, the 100 gram beef on your plate required 1500 litres of water to produce! The average human being consumes 3-4 litres of water per day, so that is about 375-500 days worth of water for a single person for your single plate of beef! We should all ponder about that for a moment.
If the whole world converted to veganism (distant pipedream, I know), it would vastly reduce global warming, climate change, pollution and a whole host of other secondary issues stemming from them. In fact, it would also reduce global farmland use by 75%, which is an area equivalent to the size of the US, China, EU and Australia combined! This would free up the wildland that was lost to agriculture. This lost wildland was the primary reason for mass wildlife extinction.
When you stop to think about it, we are perhaps the only species on the planet that harms its own habitat.
You don’t see lions or elephants or a tree harming the planet. They just exist and do their thing. We, humans, pride ourselves in being an ‘intelligent species’ and yet our activities show that we are quite stupid! If an alien race were looking for intelligent life on Earth, maybe they would think there’s none…