How Can A Whole Food Plant Diet Help Those With Chronic Illness

Regardless of the type of nutritional lifestyle you chose, the decision is a deeply personal one. It should be said that no one nutritional lifestyle is going to fit everyone, their needs, or taste buds.

Some of us burn protein and fat far more efficiently than those of us who burn glucose better. Still yet, some of us have a harder time digesting animal protein than we do vegetable protein, and others have to stay away from certain foods and food groups all together for physical and even medical reasons.

Your diet, or nutritional lifestyle, is going to reflect your choices and how important your nutrition is to you. Understanding the different benefits of each different dietetic choice out there is key to making this decision successfully. Knowing how different dietetic approaches can impact your baseline health is also important, but for different reasons.

Those of us who are in peak health condition may choose nutritional lifestyles or eating patterns to help us get that much closer to achieving a specific goal. However, those of us with chronic illnesses like PCOS, Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, or Renal Failure may seek out nutritional options in our healthcare approach.

Alzheimer’s, Autism, ADD and ADHD, Arthritis, and Liver Disease are all conditions, disorders, and medical diagnoses which have proven to be affected by our diets. This is where the Whole-Food Plant-Based approach comes in because one of the main things a WFPB diet can help with is lowering inflammation- a key contributor to most lifestyle chronic illnesses.

Benefits of a WFPB

Whole-Food Plant-Based diet approaches work because they reduce inflammation. Whether or not inflammation is the cause of that boulder you’re trying to roll up-hill doesn’t matter. It’s still a good place to start the healing process.

WFPB approaches reduce the risk of chronic disease at the start which is good news for those of us with long family medical histories of HPB, Renal Failure, and PCOS. Chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s occurs with less frequency among adherents to WFPB diets.

One thought is that animal based protein promotes a buildup of plaque in the heart arteries.

Weight Management

Another key player in chronic illnesses like diabetes type 2 is weight management, which WFPB approaches help with. The high -fiber content of most Whole food plant-based diets along with the exclusion of processed foods goes a long way in helping to shed off excess pounds. The foods you eat on a WFPB diet tend to be more nutrient-dense than processed foods.

Also, plant-based foods usually have a lower calorie to volume ratio.
Speaking of fiber and nutrient density, it’s for these exact reasons that WFPB diets have been shown to lower the risk of certain cancers like colorectal because you’ll be regularly eating grains, legumes fruit and vegetables.

In addition, disease-fighting phytochemicals mostly found in plants helps to prevent thwart cancer. According to research, those who follow a vegetarian diet has a 22% lower risk of developing gastrointestinal cancer.

Finally, who can argue with the “better nutrition” argument?

Ideally, you’ll be able to get all of your vitamins and nutrients from eating your diet rather than swallowing it in pill form. According to MyPlate.Org maintaining a healthy diet is key in nutrient absorption. The less your body has to fight for the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals it wants, the better it’s going to feel.

Following a plant-based diet focuses your energies on plentiful sources of what your body craves like vitamins and such, but also Fiber to keep things moving, and antioxidants to get rid of those pesky AGE’s.

A better feeling body just moves better.