Plant-based Diets

Thinking of ditching animal products from your diet?

A plant-based diet is based on foods derived from plant sources. This includes a range of foods such as fruit, vegetables, grains, pulses, legumes, nuts, and meat substitutes.

There are a range of reasons why someone might choose to eat a more plant-based diet including concerns over animal rights, environmental factors, personal preference and for various health reasons.

Studies have found that plant-based diets can offer health benefits, lowering various disease markers. This includes certain types of cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.

Four Variations of Plant-based Diets 

  • Vegans – This diet omits all animal products.
  • Vegetarians – This diet includes eggs and dairy products but omits meat, poultry, fish and seafood.
  • Pescatarian – This diet includes eggs, dairy products, fish, and seafood but omits consumption of meat and poultry.
  • Flexitarian – This diet includes eggs, dairy products and occasionally includes meat, poultry, fish, and seafood.

 

Did you know the Mediterranean Diet, is often referred to as one of the healthiest?

A Mediterranean Diet incorporates traditional healthy eating habits of people from countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea including France, Greece, Italy, and Spain.

When we think of a Mediterranean Diet you might think of pizza or pasta, but a Mediterranean Diet varies in different regions.  The Mediterranean Diet is high in vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, beans, grains, fish, and unsaturated fats. This diet normally includes a low- moderate consumption of meat and dairy. It is the combination of all these elements that brings health benefits.

Studies have shown correlations between those following a plant-based diet which can reduce the risk of certain health-related illnesses including High Blood Pressure, Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease (CVD), and some Cancers. 

 

 

Health Benefits of Plant-based Diets:

Reduce Inflammation

Nutrients in plants, known as phytochemicals, help to reduce inflammation in the body. The same phytochemicals and antioxidants that support immunity also neutralise toxins in your body from pollution, processed food, bacteria, viruses and more. This is because the antioxidants in plants attach to potentially damaging free radicals, helping to reduce inflammation.

Reduce Illness Risk 

The reduction in disease risk associated with a vegan is often related to the low levels of saturated fat in plant products and reduced consumption of refined and processed foods that are avoided as they tend to contain animal derived ingredients. This does not mean a vegan diet is healthy or suitable for everyone as care needs to be taken to ensure correct supplementation and meal planning to prevent nutrient deficiencies.

Lower Blood Pressure

High blood pressure or hypertension can increase the risk of more serious heart issues such as heart attacks, Type 2 Diabetes, and strokes. Several studies suggest that following a plant-based diet can reduce blood pressure and therefore more serious heart issues. 

 

Our nutritionist Georgina’s 5 top tips to help you follow a plant-based diet.

  1. Increase your variety of fruit and vegetables.

Aim for 7 to 10 servings a day of different fruit and vegetables.

  1. Opt for whole grains.

Switch to whole grain/ brown bread, cereal, and pasta

  1. Add in healthy fats.

Add Omegabiocell369 essential fatty acids to table-ready foods to enhance the nutritional value of your meal.

  1. Make sure you get all 78 minerals and trace elements.

Minerals are essential for cellular nutrition and hydration. Cellnutrition Isotonic and Hypertonic ampoules provide all 78 minerals and trace elements your cells require. This supports your body internally at a cellular level, so you absorb more nutrients from all other food and supplements you consume.

  1. Reduce red meat consumption.

Substitute meat with 2 portions of fish, legumes, beans, poultry or why not try some tofu? If and when you are consuming meat, opt for leaner cuts.

How can Cellnutrition help you?

Plant based diets provide protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals to support health and often offer higher amounts of fibre and phytonutrients. However, supplementation is important to ensure you consume all the nutrients in correct proportions that  your body requires.

Supplementation of minerals such as iron, zinc and calcium are often recommended when consuming a plant-based diet. Each individual element has specific functions in your body but cannot be fully absorbed and utilised by your body when taken in isolation. This is due to the synergistic relationships that occur between minerals, each working with at least 20 other minerals and trace elements. When lacking in just one mineral can lead to health implications, an excess of one can offset all the other minerals in the body, leading to further health implications. Cellnutrition Hypertonic and Isotonic is the only 100% complete natural mineral supplement that provides all 78 minerals and trace elements required, in a fully bioavailable form. Taking Cellnutrition mineral’s daily helps to prevent the risk of mineral imbalances and deficiencies.