"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats." - Albert Schweitzer
Recently, more and more research is showing that having a healthy gut bacteria is key to overall health. A well-balanced microbiome can help with digestion, cholesterol levels, mental health, immune function and more. What is the best way to eat for a healthy gut? Researchers recently set out to answer this question. In a study with 153 participants, 51 were vegan, 51 were vegetarian and 51 were omnivore. The study was conducted in Italy and used the Mediterranean diet as a standard of reference, defining a healthy diet as one that is high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. By examining the records of participants, 88% of vegans were found to adhere to the healthiest of eating patterns, 65% of vegetarians and 30% of omnivores. To determine gut health, researchers took samples of feces and urine and measured metabolites or byproducts of bacteria. Those following a vegan diet had the highest levels of short chain fatty acids (SCFA), or beneficial gut bacteria metabolites, indicating that they had a healthier microbiome in their gut. (huffingtopost.com)
Veganist - Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World by Kathy Freston
Filled with compelling facts, stories of people who have improved their weight and health conditions as a result of making the switch, and Q&As with the leading medical researchers, Veganist concludes with a step-by-step practical guide to becoming a veganist... easily and gradually. It is an accessible, optimistic, and illuminating book that will change the way you eat forever. No less delicious, still hearty and satisfying - just better for you and for all.
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