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Guest Blog: Cancer and the Vegetarian Diet: Not Perfect, But Sensible

Guest Blog by Jillian Mckee –

Albert Einstein, the father of modern physics, once said: “Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” Maybe the Nobel Prize winner had a point here. Research has shown time and time again, that a meat-free, low-fat diet plan has wonderful benefits for those who choose a vegetarian lifestyle. Even more importantly, eating plant-based foods show excellent gains for those who have been diagnosed with cancer, are living with the disease, or are in remission altogether.

The Health Department at Vanderbilt University took a closer look at vegetarianism and the role that one’s daily food intake plays. According to the National Cancer Institute, a third of cancer deaths may be related to diet. Vegetables from the cabbage family (cruciferous vegetables) may reduce cancer, along with diets low in saturated fat and high in fiber. Plant food diets rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and beta-carotene may also reduce the risk of certain cancers. Diets high in fiber-containing vegetables have also been associated with reduced risks of cancer. Several studies often reveal that a vegetarian lifestyle promotes a longer, healthier life. Dr. Roizen, authored the book, The RealAge Diet: Make Yourself Younger with What You Eat. He said: “People who consume saturated, four-legged fat have a shorter life span and more disability at the end of their lives. Animal products clog your arteries, zap your energy, and slow down your immune system.”

Energy is something everyone needs in this fast-paced world of “Go, go go!” The good news, a vegetarian diet gives a lot of pep, and for one with mesothelioma side effects for instance, a meatless meal plan can only re-charge the body and improve one’s quality of life. Balanced vegetarian diets don’t carry around the cholesterol-laden, artery-clogging animal products that physically slow people down and make it difficult to get out of bed morning after morning. Because whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables are so high in complex carbohydrates, they furnish the body with ample amounts of energizing fuel.

Glee star, Lea Michele, claims a meat-free diet plan keeps her feeling really good and bright. “You need a lot of energy to play spunky Rachel Berry, so I’ve tried a lot of different things — and so far, this is working.” Movie star Olivia Wilde also credits her vegetarian lifestyle. “I am way happier when I eat a plant-based diet and I feel about a thousand times more energetic,” she believes. In addition to gaining stamina and strength, a vegetarian diet can help one drop weight, build stronger bones, boost immunity, improve skin, hair, and nails, aid in digestion, and so on. Maybe that’s why Former President Clinton, Paul McCartney, cancer survivor Christina Applegate, and many others have chosen a vegetarian lifestyle.

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