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Scientifically Proven: A Plant-Based Diet Will Make You Happier

Vegans are happier than non-vegans!

You might have already heard about how eating a plant-based diet can improve your overall health. In addition, this type of diet can also make you happier! ICYDK, many people who have converted to a plant-based diet reported higher energy levels and felt emotionally better too!

Eating a plant-based diet is a lifestyle that allows the person adapting it to feel healthier, stronger and have more energy than those who eat meat. And here are some scientific reasons why:

Protein

One of the first questions someone who doesn’t eat meat gets asked is, “Where do you get your protein?” The answer is simple. Protein can be found in spirulina, pumpkin seeds, almonds, chia seeds, quinoa, oats, rye, buckwheat, tofu, lentils, beans, tempeh, and millet just to name a few!

And protein is crucial for your mood because protein is made of amino acids. And amino acids help neurotransmitters work properly. If they don’t work well, you can feel depressed and have anxiety. Protein will give you strength and stamina and keep your body lean and toned.

Magnesium

Magnesium is necessary for your energy, sleep and regulating your mood. Plants are full of magnesium. Animal food has very little. Great sources of protein include nuts, seeds, grains, coffee, cacao and leafy greens. Also, bananas, butternut squash, and sweet potatoes contain magnesium!

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Iron

Most people believe that meat is the primary source of high-quality iron. Plants are also packed with iron too! Iron is essential to your mood as it moves oxygen to your brain and also provides good energy to your body. Sources of iron can include pumpkin seeds, cacao, almonds, spirulina, leafy greens, legumes, chia, raisins, whole grains, and raisins!

leafy greens

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Calcium

Calcium is vital in calming your nerves and keeping your bones healthy. It also helps with lowering your blood pressure, regulates your sleep cycle and helps to lessen anxiety. Calcium also helps your nails, teeth, and hair stay in tip top shape!

Sources of calcium include leafy greens, almonds, broccoli, seaweed, figs, sesame seeds, chia seeds, beans, soy, and tofu!

tofu

Omega 3

Omega 3 is essential for optimum brain function and healthy heart and skin. Also, it helps with joint pain and it boosts your mood! Most people think the best source for Omega 3 is fish. This is not necessarily so. You can also get Omega 3 from chia seeds, blue green algae, hemp seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, leafy greens, and walnuts!

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