How Eating More Plants Can Reduce Your Risk for Disease

Switching up your diet can make a huge difference for your overall health. According to the American Heart Association, a more plant-focused diet can decrease the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and a variety of cancers. Meats and dairy products, especially cheeses and processed or deli meats, can be filled with unnecessary saturated fats. Consuming these foods on a regular basis puts your health at risk.

Studies also show that those who typically eat animal products have a harder time getting back into the gym following a workout. Conversely, individuals who eat plant-based diet can recover from workouts at a quicker rate. This is largely because most animal products cause the body to become inflamed while most whole foods and plants do not.

This information may be unsettling, since many Americans adhere to the traditional western diet of meat at nearly every meal. After all, without meat and other animal products, where would you get the nutrients you need, such as protein? What if we told you that meat has protein because the animals eat protein-packed plants? Why not get the protein firsthand from plants instead of secondhand from animals? There are plenty of delicious, healthy, satisfying forms of plant-based protein sources, such as chickpeas, lentils, tofu, nuts, quinoa, tempeh, black beans, and many more!

Food is Medicine
Adopting a plant-based diet can lower your risk for heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, and other diseases. 

We strongly recommend adopting a whole food, plant-based diet as a holistic approach to cancer treatment. We completely understand that switching up your diet so drastically can be overwhelming, so we suggest starting small. For example, start by making one meal plant-based and go from there. Don’t feel obligated to make the switch overnight. While you might miss eating meat and cheese, don’t focus on what you “can’t” have. Focus on all the delicious fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains you can have. The way we see it, food is medicine.

Are you interested in adopting this diet? The Get Well Center staff would love to help! Call our office at (419) 524-2676 to learn how eating plants can promote holistic healing. You can also learn more about our cancer treatment options online at


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