Is This Type of Diet a Virtual Fountain of Youth?

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We realize what it would mean to adopt this type of diet. Flooding your body with tons of nutrients and fiber won’t work for everyone, it’s true. For some, their digestive systems simply can’t deal with it. For others, their lives are so complicated that following this type of diet is next to impossible.

If you would love to follow a raw vegan diet but feel you can’t for whatever reason, you can simply opt to add vegetable juices, often referred to as green juice” to your diet. Adding one juice in the morning and one in the afternoon or evenings would literally flood your body in the same amount of vitamins and minerals, keeping your body in a perpetual alkaline state, without the overload of fiber that your digestive system might have trouble accepting.

Foods that you see listed as being “heart healthy” are ones that are loaded with phytonutirents that prevent and fight damage to our cells from free radicals in the blood. Eating more of the deeply colored fruits and vegetables such as broccoli and spinach can not only prevent heart disease, but ward off early death due to cardiac arrest or stroke.

Want more? Most people remember their parents urging them to eat more vegetables so that they would grow up big and strong. Your parents knew what they were talking about! Eating a diet that is rich in raw vegetables has been shown to have super brain boosting powers. They are also vital sources for energy boosting compounds that will keep your body operating at a healthy metabolic state. After all, didn’t Popeye get his strength after downing that can of spinach?

 

SEE ALSO: Vegans: How to Get Sufficient Calcium Without Dairy or Supplements

 

Plant based diets are known to lower our stress hormone cortisol. Those who eat a raw plant based diet also have lower amounts of anxiety, and are a known factor for the prevention of diseases such as Alzheimer’s. The vitamin E found in many nuts and seeds, along with the anthocyanins that give many berries and red grapes their colors, all play protective roles when it comes to brain function.

Fruits and vegetables are high in something called carotenoids and flavonoids, two very powerful antioxidants that are only found in plants. These antioxidants remove free radicals from the body and prevent premature aging, clear, supple skin, and stop the progression of age related disease.

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