The Essence Of Being A Vegetarian-Learn How To Give Up Meat Eating Permanently
January 23, 2008
According to the Hindu Shastras (Religious Scriptures) human body is not designed to consume meat. But who is listening. One might even say – “I am not a Hindu so why do I care?” I am sure many people born in Hindu families too do not believe what the ancient seers have passed down generations together. So why am I writing this article? It is just my way of showing that apart from the spiritual point; there are scientific reasons why many people worldwide have opted to choose vegetarianism.
- Vegetarians are saved from various diseases like cancer, heart disease and many other chronic degenerative diseases. The cholesterol levels of vegetarians are upto 14% lesser than meat eaters. Fiber can only be obtained from vegetables which help patients suffering from constipation, piles, hemorrhoids and spastic colon.
- According to German Research Centre in Heidelberg vegetarians have lower risk of cancer because their immune systems are more effective in killing off tumor cells. Studies have also found that a plant based diet protects the body against prostrate, colon and skin cancers. Vegetables contain phyto-chemicals which are known to build immunity and balance hormone fluctuations. Vegetarian women tend to go through menopause with fewer complaints of sleeping disorders, hot flashes, fatigue, mood swings, weight gain, depression and diminishing sex drive.
- Vegetarian diet helps people to be slim and to maintain that weight for prolong period of time. When one stops eating meat, it helps to purge the body of toxins which includes pesticides, environmental pollutants, preservatives, steroids and hormones. Fish contain carcinogens (PCBs, DDT) and heavy metals like mercury, arsenic, lead, cadmium that cannot be removed through cooking or freezing.
- In most detoxification programs, people are always introduced to vegetable and fruit juices, meat and dairy products are put on hold. It is only a vegetarian diet that purifies the body both physically and mentally. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest in the US, 25% of all chicken carries Salmonella bacteria. CDC estimates, 70-90% of chickens contain the bacteria campy-lobacter (some strains of which are antibiotic resistant). Approximately 5% of cows carry the lethal strain of E. coli O157:H7 which causes virulent diseases and death. 30% of pigs slaughtered are infected with toxoplasmosis caused by parasites.
So if all these facts haven’t really changed your mind then I guess you will understand its effects when you age. As the arteries thicken with fat and pollutants, collected from the animals that you have consumed over the years, it will take a toll on your mind and body. The spiritual aspects of eating non-vegetarian are far more detrimental, only the seekers of the divine will understand.
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