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3 reasons to try a plant-based diet this year

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Plant-based diets have become increasingly popular among younger generations, but other demographic groups can enjoy the health benefits as well.

A plant-based diet can prevent or possibly reverse chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and dementia.

By eliminating meat, dairy and eggs from your diet, you may unlock the key to living a longer, healthier life.

Here are 3 reasons to try a plant-based diet:

1. Plant-based diets can slow or reverse the aging process.

Plant-based diets can improve the production of telomerase in the body.

This is the enzyme that rebuilds the caps at the ends of our DNA strands known as telomeres. Experts note this is important because these caps are necessary for human life, but they shorten with age.

Research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense found that following a plant-based diet for just three months can significantly increase telomeres and help to slow or reverse the aging process.

2. Plant-based diets improve your immune system.

When you do not eat enough fruits and vegetables, you put yourself at risk for high cholesterol. A diet high in animal products increases your risk of heart disease.

Foods like garlic, ginger, miso, turmeric, carrots and berries are especially important to include in your diet. They are packed with anti-viral compounds, help reduce inflammation and are a great source of vitamins, minerals, folic acid and nutrients!

3. Plant-based diets slow the signs of aging.

Fruits and vegetables are also rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which are good for your skin. They help reduce inflammation and improve collagen synthesis in the skin to help you look younger.

According to the National Council on Aging, 77 percent of older adults suffer from least two chronic diseases, and the number of seniors with four or more chronic diseases is expected to double by 2035.

However, experts believe that people can change this prediction by following a plant-based diet.

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