Today, more than ever, the issue of nutrition concerns more and more people.
Eating right is one of the first steps a person needs to take in order to stay healthy throughout their life.
If we look at the journey of food behind the meat and fish on the plate, we will find that an animal had to die to satisfy our own needs. Then, in order to feed the large number of herds raised annually, huge areas of land are required and consequently over-consumption of water, events that disturb the natural balance.
Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest for the purpose of raising cattle is a global problem.
50% of the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere, during the meat production process, contributes negatively to the increase in global temperature and is therefore considered one of the important factors responsible for the climate change we have observed in recent years.
The situation is similar in the water mantle, since high percentages of heavy metals are found in fish.
In addition to the effects that overconsumption of animal food has on nature, it also has adverse effects on the human body, linked to high cholesterol, hypertension and uric acid.
On the contrary, fruits, vegetables, grains, fruits and everything grown on the ground, convey the qualities of the earth and the sun and give man energy and vitality. Wind, rain, sunlight and soil, grow, nourish and develop the fruits and seeds of the earth as part of the chain in the balance of nature.
By choosing a plant-based diet, it is not enough just to exclude animal foods from the kitchen table, but we must acquire a responsible attitude towards daily nutrition. For this reason, we need to introduce foods that will ensure adequate coverage of micronutrients such as trace elements, minerals, vitamins, vital fats, as well as the correct ratio of carbohydrates, proteins and fatty components.
Some of the basic vitamins and minerals that we should check for their sufficiency are:
- Vitamin B12 which contributes to the absorption of iron, is necessary for the metabolism of sugars and for the creation of neurotransmitters. It actively participates in the good functioning of the nervous system and the formation of white and red blood cells.
- Iron is necessary for the transport of oxygen from the lungs to the tissues, participates in the function of many enzymes that produce energy in the cells and promotes the metabolism of proteins. Iron is important for our immunity.
- Folic acid, facilitates brain and nervous system functions. It is a vital vitamin for the growth and reproduction of cells, for the synthesis of DNA and RNA.
- Essential amino acids, i.e. those that our body does not produce and we get them from food. Amino acids are the building blocks of our body and the end products of protein hydrolysis. Muscles, tendons, nails, hair have proteins as their main component.
- Vital fats, the body uses them for the formation of cell membranes and hemoglobin, they increase good cholesterol (HDL), prevent the formation of atherosclerotic plaque in the vessels.
- Probiotics, strengthen the microbiome in the intestinal flora, feed the friendly bacteria and maintain a sufficient population that helps in the absorption of food. They act against constipation and significantly relieve bloating.
A balanced plant-based diet enhances specific biochemical processes, which result in the production of a valuable neurotransmitter, serotonin, which is responsible for good mood, the feeling of joy and satisfaction.
By following the plant-based diet with careful steps, in our daily menu, either as a detoxification or fasting program, we strengthen good health over time.