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Vegan/Vegetarianism: Health Benefits

Updated on July 31, 2012
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Is This Some Sort of Holiday?

This is actually a national holiday now. You don't have to celebrate it on the actual days. If each person were to be vegan for a day in the US it could lower the annual meat consumption by something like 2-4 percent. Just think, if you stop eating meat for one day, there are 364 more to eat it. What's one tiny day to spare?

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Health Benefits

Taking a day off of meat helps to reduce cholesterol issues and gives your bowels one full day to clean out. Meat creates thick walls of much that stick inside crevices in your large intestines. When you give that a break with plenty of water, you have a chance of emptying out 5 or so pounds of thick fecal matter inside you that had not come out for a while.

This might also help you stay around longer if you have kids. This is a one day diet change, where you also help the animals so that your kids or your kid's kids can still see the wildlife that are running out of food because of humans.

Can't Go a Whole Day, Try Consuming Less Meat & Use Other Sources for Additional Protein

Nuts as a snack, or big steeping pots of beans, cheese and tortillas are awesome replacements for going one day without meat.

Not eating meat for one day definitely does not mean you need to eat 'tofu'! I barely like tofu. It takes talent to cook the stuff, but when cooked right it tastes great.

Take the day off from meat and eat corn on the cobs, rice and seaweed bowls, cereal and fruit protein bars and nachos... I don't know what else you like to eat.

Meat is Less Healthy Than Before

The meat that we, Americans, eat these days are not natural meats that been grown so beautifully that we will be healthy after eating them. We are very unhealthy these days. Animals must get vaccines and other drugs slammed into their bodies. This leaves them drugged up for a short while, but nonetheless, we are still consuming those drugs that are claimed to be harmful to humans. The drugs and vaccines were meant to last forever, that is why they only one shot for some vaccines.

When you have the choice to have an organic garden in your backyard, it would be much healthier for you to eat from that than from the genetically modified meats at the store.

Plants take in soil, sun, and water... whereas cultivated animals are forced to eat amongst their own feces.

How many Animals are Really Killed Per Day in the US Alone?

Approximately 27 million animals are slaughtered in the United States of America, alone, each day.

15,300 calves

14.000 baby chicks

4,000 dogs and cats

26,980 other animals

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Actually I rarely have a meat day and my health has been much the better for it, you are right.

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      I've stopped eating meat almost completely for health reasons, and have really seen the benefits of eating lentils, brown rice and corn as substitutes. It's shocking and sad how many animals are killed for meat. I don't understand why people need to eat dogs or cats - that is sick and messed up. More and more I'm thinking about becoming a full on vegetarian. Thanks for sharing this informative article! Voted up, interesting and sharing. Well done!

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      Brandon Martin 5 years ago from Colorado, USA

      Thank you for your comments. I'm glad I could help.

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Vegan for a day, that's a good start. Been trying to go veggie for a long time now. But i just can't seem to do it. The allure of a Whopper burger is just too powerful. I'm weak. The vegan for a day can be a good start. :)

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      14,000 baby chicks? Really.

      Agree that eating meat every day isn't good. But then fasting is

      even better, allowing your body to evacuate toxins.

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      Live To Write 5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Very interesting hub, and it is something most people (including myself) don't often think about. I haven't gotten to the status of vegan, but pork is definitely gone from my diet, and I feel better already. I agree with you just need the dicipline to do it.

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      Lightshare 5 years ago

      Great information Brandon!!

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