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What happens to your body when you stop eating meat?

There was a recent study published in Nature claiming that in order to avert climate catastrophe, people need to change their diets; they need to reduce their meat intake. Are you up for the challenge? If yes, let’s find out what will happen to your body if you stop eating meat?

Your microbiome will change

What is Microbiome? It’s the trillions of microorganisms living in your body. These microorganisms are crucial as they help to train your immune system, turns genes on and off, keep your gut tissue healthy and help us digest our food. When you stop having meat, your microbiome will change and shape a healthier ecosystem in your body. The best part about this is, it only takes a few days to change your microbiome.

Low chance of getting type 2 diabetes

It is a known fact that animal protein, especially red and processed meat increases the risk of type 2 diabetes. In a study, animal fat, animal-based (heme) iron and nitrate preservatives in meat is proven to impair the way our insulin functions, damage pancreatic cells, worsen inflammation and cause weight gain in the long run.

Your genes will change

Scientist reveals that we can change our genes through a diet and lifestyle change. A plant-based diet can actually decrease the expression of cancer genes. Also, scientists admit that they’ve seen that a plant-based diet can lengthen our telomeres—the caps at the end of our chromosomes which help keep our DNA stable.

Your blood cholesterol level will drop

High blood cholesterol levels is linked to heart disease and strokes and the major driver of our blood cholesterol levels is none other than saturated fat which can be found in meat, and other animal products. When you opt for a plant-based diet, your blood cholesterol levels will drop by up to 35%. So if you’re having a problem managing your blood cholesterol levels, maybe it’s about time you stopped or at least minimized the intake of animal products.

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