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Well, I was eating relatively healthy before going veg, but "from my own experience" what I can tell you is that <a href="http:/digestion">my...er...GI/digestion</a> stuff started working better. Not to be gross, but chronic constipation went away almost immediately upon giving up meat and hasn't bothered me since.
 

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I think that animals might be able to come up with a few examples of health benefits..<br><br>
So as not to print it twice, <a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/newvb/showthread.php?129272-How-do-you-explain-your-choice-of-vegetarianism&p=2999043#post2999043" target="_blank">here is my story</a>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Mariani90</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2993822"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Hi!<br>
From your own experience, what kind of healt benefits are there from eating vegetarian?</div>
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I've been a vegetarian for 30 years. My friends of similar ages all suffer from health issues - i.e high blood pressure, osteoporosis, creaking joints, skin conditions, diabetes etc. I'm very well, thank you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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In general, from what Ive read, the health benefits of a veg diet seem come from:<br>
-Increased consumption of fruits and veggies<br>
-Increased fiber intake (from whole grains as well as fruits and veg)<br>
-Decreased consumption of dietary cholesterol and often overall saturated fat<br>
-Decreased calorie intake (for many people)<br>
-The person's overall interest in better health<br><br>
The specific health benefits tend to be:<br>
-Decreased risk of heart disease (or reversal of heart disease)<br>
-Descreased risk of diabetes (or elimination of medication need)<br>
-Decreased risk of obesity<br>
-Decreased risk of many cancers<br><br>
The American Dietetic Association writes:<br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">"The results of an evidence-based review showed that a vegetarian diet is associated with a lower risk of death from ischemic heart disease. Vegetarians also appear to have lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and lower rates of hypertension and type 2 diabetes than nonvegetarians. Furthermore, vegetarians tend to have a lower body mass index and lower overall cancer rates."</div>
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link: <a href="http://www.eatright.org/about/content.aspx?id=8357" target="_blank">http://www.eatright.org/about/content.aspx?id=8357</a><br><br>
Eliminating animal products from your diet and other areas of you life is mostly an issue about <a href="http://meatvideo.com/" target="_blank">animal welfare/rights</a>, environmentalism, and/or public health (prevention of food poisoning, water pollution, <a href="http://www.saveantibiotics.org/ourwork.html#healthrisk" target="_blank">antiobiotic misuse in animal agriculture</a>, etc). It can also result in personal health benefits if you make sure to focus on what you include in your diet, not just what you exclude. But even a diet that is very low in meat dairy and eggs (less than 20% of total calories) can be healthy so long as it includes plenty of fruits, veggies, whole grains, water and exercise.<br><br>
For more info I recommend reading Vegan For Life, The China Study, The Vegan Sourcebook and the websites <a href="http://pcrm.org/health" target="_blank">http://pcrm.org/health</a> <a href="http://veganhealth.org" target="_blank">http://veganhealth.org</a> and <a href="http://fnic.nal.usda.gov/nal_display/index.php?info_center=4&tax_level=2&tax_subject=257&topic_id=1359" target="_blank">http://fnic.nal.usda.gov/nal_display...&topic_id=1359</a>
 

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I've been a vegetarian for 30 years. My friends of similar ages all suffer from health issues - i.e high blood pressure, osteoporosis, creaking joints, skin conditions, diabetes etc. I'm very well, thank you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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So, are you saying that you wont be having steak tonight???<br><br><br>
seriously though, you have to love the health aspect of it.
 

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So, are you saying that you wont be having steak tonight???<br><br><br>
seriously though, you have to love the health aspect of it.</div>
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Wouldn't know how to cook it! Because I went vegetarian at the age of 18, and didn't have any health problems before, it's difficult for me to judge how not eating meat has effected me. I can't even compare myself to my parents and brother, because they went vegetarian at the same time. Whereas - I've just read your story, and it has had a massive positive impact on your life.
 

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I should mention that I can't talk about my personal health benefits from going vegetarian because I was only six years old when I decided to go veg. Likewise, I didn't notice any physical health benefits when I went vegan at 30 because I was already eating a "mostly vegan" diet before I went vegan. I did, however, notice some mental health benefits. Becoming vegan was part of an overall decision to live more in tune with my live goals and values.
 

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I think that unless you have health problems, go veg*n and they magically go away, its impossible to say what health benefits veganism has directly had on you. Its certainly healthier for the animals though ;D<br><br>
I went vegetarian at 16 and vegan at 20 (im now 25) so people obviously change a lot between those times anyway. When I was younger I always had coughs and colds, now I dont - except for asthma which has plagued me since childhood Im pretty bleeding healthy - but that could just be because Im no longer in school.
 

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I've noticed such a HUGE difference. I feel much better and have more energy. I have noticed that I eat more, but that's to be expected when you eat lower calorie foods. I've always had lower blood pressure but my heart rate was on the higher end. It's dropped about 10 beats per min so I'm now 80-90 bpm.<br><br>
The biggest difference is that my mood has been so much better. I used to get pretty depressed. Recently, since becoming a vegetarian, I'm more confident and have better self esteem.
 

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There is a good article <a href="http://tigersheds.com/garden-resources/post/2011/09/26/Health-Benefits-of-Autumn-Vegetables.aspx" target="_blank">here</a>, that outlines some of the health benefits of a few particular vegetables.<br>
It's not hugely detailed, but it's a good starting point for anyone who's starting to look into what particular foods have to offer. I'm a huge broccoli fan myself, especially raw. It did my skin wonders when I was a teenager. That's what started this whole thing off for me actually.
 

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Vegetables has lots of benefits and it makes you healthy, fit and away from various of diseases, like you see guys vegetables has color and therefore, every color has its own meaning and benefit and good for health.
 

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Can't speak for myself because I was brought up in a vegetarian household and went completely vegetarian once I was old enough to understand some of the reasons behind it. However, my flatmate reduced her meat consumption to a couple of servings per month when she moved in with me and has not suffered from low iron since (she was having issues with her iron before that).
 

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All the things Elaine posted, plus, on a personal level I think I can easily compare the two. I was a meat eater for the first nineteen years of my life. Quite a bit longer than many here, especially the lifetime vegetarians or childhood converts.<br><br>
Digestion is the most noticeable one. It's improved dramatically. Overall stamina, too. All forms of bodily endurance imaginable. Some of the changes are more subtle than others. It's not like you feel like running a marathon all the time, but it takes a lot longer for your body to wear down, especially of you're also making sure you get key nutrients like D and B12. I've also noticed my skin is healthier, my hair and nails grow faster, and my overall stress levels and anger issues decreased.
 
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