It seems like just about everyone is adopting a more plant-based way of eating, with keto and vegan diets becoming highly popular – and for good reason! Manufactured and highly processed foods are not designed to support a balanced body and internal system and the benefits of a plant-based, ketogenic approach are becoming much more widely studied and understood as the ideal way to fuel the human body.
Linked to benefits such as weight loss, reduced inflammation and lower the risk of chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers, we’re big fans of a diet that includes whole, unprocessed, plant-foods and complemented with good quality plant-based fats like avocados, omega 3's and MCT oil. We’ve rounded up all our favourite benefits of the plant-based, keto diet so keep reading to find out why…
It supports your immune system
There is a huge amount of essential nutrients to be found in plants, with an abundance of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to help keep cells healthy and the body in perfect balance, allowing the immune system to function at its absolute best. A plant-based diet gives your body exactly what it needs to help fight off infection and a healthy immune system is key for reducing risk of serious diseases.
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It reduces inflammation
The nutrients found in plants work wonders for reducing inflammation levels in the body. Phytochemicals and antioxidants are able to neutralize toxins from pollution, processed food, bacteria and viruses that can throw the body off balance. When inflammation exists in the body for a prolonged period of time it can cause serious damage to cells and tissue and increase risk for cancer and other inflammatory diseases.
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It’s good for your gut
When you’re eating mostly vegetables and fruits, you’re consuming a really healthy amount of fibre on a daily basis. This is fantastic news for gut health, meaning nutrients are more easily absorbed from food to support your immune system and reduce inflammation. Diets high in fibre also lower cholesterol levels, stabilise blood sugar and are great for healthy bowels.
It helps with weight loss and maintenance
Maintaining a healthy weight for your body is one of the most important things you can do to ensure overall health and reduce the risk for chronic disease. By incorporating a diet that is mostly plants, you automatically exclude any foods that cause weight gain, including highly processed sugar laden nasties!
You’ll notice increased mental clarity and focus
Wholefoods have the wonderful ability to affect your brain as well as your body and one of the amazing things you’ll notice on a plant-based, ketogenic diet is increased mental clarity and focus. Who doesn’t want that?!
You’ll have more sustained energy throughout the day
Eating with a plant-based, ketogenic approach is fantastic for your digestive system, meaning food won’t sit heavy in your body causing you to feel sluggish and slow. Energy is released slowly and sustainably from plant-based meals so you can look forward to epic productivity and great energy levels all day long!
It’s good for the environment
Scientists and researchers are finding that switching to a plant-based diet can help fight climate change as the consumption of meat and dairy produce fuels global warming. Drastically reducing animal food intake and eating mostly plant-based is probably one of the most powerful things you can do to reduce your environmental footprint as you’re committing to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, water an energy use and toxic pollutants used to manufacture food.
When it comes to any mode of eating, the bottom line should always be about sustainability and balance. A plant-based, ketogenic approach shouldn’t feel restrictive or like a punishing diet, it’s all about nourishing your body and fuelling it in a way that will help you feel and function at your best. Edible Earth Elixirs are the perfect accompaniment to any diet that is rich in nourishing whole foods. Check out our range here and start your journey to inner and outer health today, because beauty is more than just a pretty face!
Please note that if you are adopting a new dietary protocol to help manage a health condition, please discuss with your doctor first.