• Sangeet Anand

Curing illness through Veganism

Hello crew! I hope all of you are having a safe and relaxing time with your families in the midst of COVID-19. This week has given me a chance to reflect myself and consider all the ways that I can keep my body happy and healthy. I have spent the past week creating vegan recipes and experimenting with food. I have attached some pictures of my creations down below. If you would like to check them out, here are a few of my favorite recipes from a few of the food blogs that I follow:

Tofu Tacos:

Vegan Brownies:

With regards to COVID-19, one of the big questions that I want to focus on this week is how did the first humans use a plant-based diet to cure illness? Now, I am in no way, shape, or form saying that eating a vegan diet can cure coronavirus. That is not my intent. Instead, I want to use the current situation that we are living through right now to inform how a plant-based diet can positively impact our bodies.

Now to begin, let me preface with the statement that nearly all of our human ancestors were vegan. Yes, meat is a relatively new element in the diet patterns of humans. In the caveman times, our ancestors would consume a diet of mainly plants and nuts rather than meat. This was simply because meat wasn’t as readily available as the former. It was much more difficult for cavemen to catch a boar or hunt a lion down for dinner than to lay back and eat as many fruits, vegetables, and plants as they pleased. Consequently, as a result of this diet, our ancestors received many unintended health benefits. Amongst many of the things that they gained, they had little issues with fever, could soothe pain quickly, and had great digestive tracts.

Now you may ask, but why? What were they eating, or doing rather, that made them so robust?

One of the foods the cavemen consumed, poplar, contains painkiller salicylic acid which is the same ingredient found in aspirin today. Yes folks, you heard me right, the cavemen discovered aspirin long before modern day humans did. Crazy, right? Another thing the cavemen were able to do was use plants and herbs to their benefit to soothe their pains. These species acted like balms, healing their bodies. In addition, their vitamin-rich, fibrous diets were ideal for digestive issues as their stomachs were better able to break down the fibers in the foods they were eating.

Now I turn to another question, why should we keep this information hidden when we could be using a healthy, plant-based diet to cure our own illnesses today? Okay yes, maybe we don’t have to eat poplar because we have aspirin available today and maybe we don’t have to use herbs to soothe pains because we have aloe vera lotion. But the main idea that I’m trying to get at here is that eating a nutritious, plant-based diet can have numerous unintended health benefits which are key to making our bodies more fit and healthy.

Here are some of the things that a vegan diet can do for you:

  1. Reverses heart disease

  2. Lowers blood pressure

  3. Improves cholesterol levels

  4. Reverses type 2 diabetes

  5. Lowers your risk of getting cancer

Here are just some of my thoughts that I wanted to share with you today. I hope you and your family are staying safe! Till next time folks!

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