veggie – get va-va-voom!
A healthy body is especially important for a healthy love
life but impotence, bad breath, obesity and premature baldness
are the only delights that meat-eating men (and their lucky
partners) can look forward to. It’s not too late, guys!
As for fruity Mamas, dropping animal products from their
diet means they’re more like to remain ravenous and
randy too. Giving meat and dairy the push can give lovers
a new lease of life!
It’s a debilitating condition and certainly not embraced
at an amorous moment. Research has shown people with a high
level of consumption of red meat, meat and meat products
combined are at an increased risk of inflammatory polyarthritis.
Switching to a vegetarian or vegan diet though has proven
to alleviate the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Okay, it’s bad enough kissing a corpse-eater but ugh!
A six month study of people following the low-carb, meat-based
Atkins diet reported that 38 per cent of them experienced
bad breath (other adverse effects, apart from the rise in
cholesterol, calcium loss, risk of diabetes and colon cancer
and impaired kidney function, were: constipation, 68 per
cent; headaches, 60 per cent; muscle cramps, 35 per cent;
diarrhea, 23 per cent; general weakness, 25 per cent). Just
* For more on Atkins, go to the Physicians Committee for
Responsible Medicine (PCRM)’s website: www.atkinsdietalert.org.
Also, when asked by EatVeg.com on whether vegetarians make
better lovers people were very positive, referring to cleaner
bodies, more appealing skin, fresher breath and saliva and
sweeter ‘love juices’!
Hair loss is genetically determined, both for men and women,
but foods may well affect how early in life it occurs.
Harvard researchers found that men with the highest blood
levels of a compound in the blood called insulin-like growth
factor-1, are more likely to go bald. IGF-1 is found in
milk and studies suggest that it passes into the human
bloodstream of milk drinkers. Women with high insulin levels
are also more likely to have male pattern baldness. High-fat,
low-fibre diets interfere with insulin’s actions,
forcing the body to make more and more insulin to compensate.
Ditching dairy can have a positive effect on fertility in
women as lactose in milk can damage the ovaries, as can
…due to clogged arteries from animal fat (and lack of essential nutrients
from plants) means it’s not hard to see why meat-eaters face stiff competition
from veggies in the love arena! PCRM’s nutrition director Amy Lanou,
PhD, says: “Artery blockages don’t just affect the heart. They
can hit any organ.” Obesity and diabetes – both linked to meat
and dairy consumption – are also linked to impotence. But forget Viagra!
The good news is, carnivores who cut out meat can clear their arteries and
can soon be feeling themselves again.
Hot flushes, loss of libido and mood swings are seen as inevitable
to menopausal women in the West so why do women in Japan
and the Far East rarely experience them? The answer is
in what they eat – a diet based on plant-foods which
includes substances called phytoestrogens, and few dairy
The menopause occurs when ovaries stop responding to hormones
from the brain which control women’s monthly cycle.
With the menopause, oestrogen and progesterone levels decrease
while other hormone levels increase in an attempt to boost
ovulation. The outcome of this conflict are the symptoms
women dread – the usual treatment of which is hormone
replacement therapy (HRT), much of which comes from mares’ urine
which is rich in oestrogen. It is an extremely cruel process
with pregnant mares housed in stables so tiny they can’t
lie down, and harnessed to a device which collects their
urine for up to six months. HRT also includes a higher risk
of breast and womb cancer, blood clots, strokes and heart
Growing evidence shows a vegan diet is the natural way to
reduce or avoid the distressing symptoms often associated
with the menopause. Boost your intake of vitamins A (betacarotene),
B complex, C and E, minerals – magnesium, selenium,
calcium and zinc, essential fats and soya products, natural
high in isoflavones by eating a variety of nuts, seeds, fresh
fruit and vegetables, wholegrains and pulses. Avoid meat,
dairy, coffee, alcohol, tea and fizzy pop.
No more: “Not tonight love, I’ve got a headache.” Dairy
foods are one of the main triggers for migraines so a vegan
diet can reduce the risk of this passion killer.
Sexy curves are one thing but beastly bumps…?! Evidence
shows that a plant-based diet is the healthiest option for
keeping you lean and lovely and more energetic! It can help
weight loss or to maintain a healthy weight and replacing
meat with a plant-based alternative can help control weight.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) suggest several ways
to lose weight including eating more fruit, vegetables, nuts
and whole grains; engaging in daily moderate physical activity
for at least 30 minutes; cutting the amount of fatty, sugary
foods in the diet and moving from saturated animal-based
fats to unsaturated vegetable-oil based fats.
and don’t just take our word for
“I’m vegan and at the age of
72 I regularly cycle up to 60 miles, swim 2000 metres and
enjoy a very active sex life!” Barrie Sheldon, Suffolk
“I suffered Rheumatism from 9 years
old to 19 ½ years old, then I went veggie and have
not suffered since.” Annie Hinchcliffe, Leeds
“When I changed my diet to exclude
dairy it seems I had a lactose intolerance, and my life has
been improved so much I still can’t believe it!” Keith
“I’ve got the weight, figure
and health I never had before I changed my way of eating.” Brenda
“I had two years of hell on HRT,
so one day decided ‘no more’. Instead I ate foods
such as tofu and soya milk and have never felt bad since.
I never really thought my diet helped until I saw my meat-eating
friends deteriorating with the menopause and saw it must
do. I never used to bang the vegan drum but I certainly do
now! I go hill walking regularly and certainly don’t
feel my age – and people tell me I don’t look
it.” Judi Hewitt, Rhyl
Pamela Anderson, Sir Ian McKellan, Fearne Cotton, Dustin
Hoffman, Jodie Marsh, Joanna Lumley, Amanda Holden, Toby
Maguire, David Duchovny… And if you need more proof
that veggies are fabulous, just take a look at
the number of your favourite celebs who’ve ditched
the meat: www.viva.org.uk/celebs
* For more info on any of these issues and
free advice on how a veggie or vegan diet can work for you,
contact the Vegetarian & Vegan
if a vegetarian or vegan diet has helped your health in any
way, we’d love to hear about it.
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