You never know? Just because it’s been shown that a vegetarian diet will help you live longer, healthier lives why you should check it out. Rather, it’s because most of us are eating the wrong foods and following the wrong diet for our DNA. When we’re locked into what works best for us, the organisms living in our stomach perform optimally and there’s pretty compelling reasons why you want to do that.
The mind body connection that you’ve heard so much about is even more profound and goes deeper than you realize. Scientists have discovered that there is a direct link between the brain and the stomach, that the stomach is in fact a second brain that controls our behavior. That’s right, what we eat can influence our impulse control, and can contribute to depression, anxiety, poor sleep and a whole host of things.
Figuring out what is the best diet for you is paramount to your healthy. The gold standard is a whole grain plant based diet, but each of us have to decide how we get our proteins, which grains we can stomach, how much time we can dedicate to preparing meals and how we’re going to get the various nutrients that we need.
Thanks to an abundance of scientific research that demonstrates the health and environmental benefits of a plant-based diet, even the federal government recommends that we consume most of our calories from grain products, vegetables and fruits.
And no wonder: An estimated 70 percent of all diseases, including one-third of all cancers, are related to diet. A vegetarian diet reduces the risk for chronic degenerative diseases such as obesity, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and certain types of cancer including colon, breast, prostate, stomach, lung and esophageal cancer.