UpLevel With Plant Based Foods: Your Sustainable Healthy Living Solution.
The reasons people choose plant-based diets are both varied and unique; Some do it for their health, while others focus on helping animals, protecting the environment, and living sustainably. Aside from offering a variety of tasty, eco-friendly meal solutions and snack options, eating plant-based food helps you to live your best life by promoting a health-conscious lifestyle. Introducing plant-based foods into your diet will fuel your body while keeping you ethically grounded as you take an active role in reducing your carbon footprint.
When choosing to incorporate more plant-based foods, it is important to look for high quality food such as nuts, fruits, and vegetables while steering away from highly processed meat substitutes, as well as refined grains and sugars. Many people are attracted to lower price tags, but saving a dollar at the grocery store may mean compromising your lifestyle in other ways. Eating plant-based foods is investing in yourself, your health and wellness, and your future. By feeding your body the proper foods to support optimal nutrition, less time will be spent worrying about illness, and you will have more energy to enjoy life to the fullest.
Switching to plant-based foods today will have you feeling better tomorrow. Here’s how:
Supports and Strengthens Your Immune System
In a world where health and wellness are on our minds daily and with cold and flu season just around the corner, strengthening your immune system is more important than ever. What many do not realize is that plants have essential nutrients that you cannot get from other foods, making them an excellent form of preventative medicine! They contain vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and antioxidants that encourage healthy cells and balance in your body so that your immune system can function at a greater capacity. Eating plant-based foods can help you live healthier by protecting you against harmful germs and microorganisms, making themselves the essential first line of defense your body needs to prevent or fight off infection.
Reduces Your Carbon Footprint
Switching to plant-based foods is one of the simplest and most impactful ways to reduce both your carbon and water footprint. Food production requires land, energy, and water, all of which are valuable resources, making it imperative to be conscious of how we use them to work towards living a more sustainable future.
While many plant-based foods have a lower carbon footprint than animal proteins, not every plant-based food is the right choice for sustainability; Almonds require 1.1 gallon of water to produce just one almond, and walnuts require just under 5 gallons for a single nut. Baruvida, however, is sourced from the Dipteryx alata, an undomesticated tree that is both fire and drought resistant requiring nothing other than rainwater to thrive. Baruvida uses no water for processing, making it an exceptionally sustainable superfood substitute for other nuts that have higher carbon and water footprints.
Tackles ‘Bad’ Cholesterol
Have you heard about “good” and “bad” cholesterol, but are not sure how to take control of your levels? Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL), often referred to as “bad” cholesterol, makes up for most of your total cholesterol levels in the body. High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) is your body’s “good” cholesterol. Having high levels of LDL can increase your risk for heart disease and stroke.
Plant-based diets have been found to have positive effects on cholesterol, lowering LDL and total cholesterol levels and increasing HDL levels. This is because plant-based diets are often supplemented with nuts, soy, and fibre. Baruvida is an excellent source of protein, antioxidants, potassium, and has three times as much fibre as any other nut making it a pantry staple for those looking to nourish their bodies positively and scrap processed foods, meats, and refined sugars to eat a more plant-based diet.
Enhances Gut Health
Understanding the importance of good gut health is important to achieve a high quality of life. The microbiome of the gut, which refers to the microorganisms in the intestine, is an essential component of maintaining optimal physical and mental health. Studies conducted over the past two decades have demonstrated that a poor gut microbiome can have negative impacts on mental health and contribute to the onset of many other physical conditions or diseases.
Having a healthy gut microbiome will promote high-functioning metabolism, hormone levels that improve appetite regulation, and a stronger immune system. Plant-based diets are an effective way to achieve a healthy mix of the beneficial bacteria needed to encourage a happy gut and improved health and wellness.
Improves Athletic Performance
Being active is an important aspect of our lives, and no matter the relationship we have with physical activity, its benefits are proven. You may not know this, but plant-based foods can support your athletic endurance and keep you feeling stronger after a strenuous “leg day” at the gym. Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues that support heart and lung health, ultimately leaving you with more energy to spend. Furthermore, plant based foods such as the Barvida nut can act as a natural anti-inflammatory, allowing you to feel better in your daily routine and during or after athletic performance.
Even making minor changes and substitutions, or being more mindful of incorporating plant-based foods into your lifestyle, can improve your mental and physical health while kicking off your journey towards being more environmentally conscious. At Baruvida, we place great value on living well, feeling good, and creating a more sustainable future that everyone can take part in. Every choice we make has an impact; It is time to make the ones that matter most and support a healthy future for ourselves, and our planet.