Beauty care from within – the importance of a healthy diet as a supplement to healthy skincare.
The importance of a healthy diet for a beautiful skin cannot be stressed enough. Scientific studies show how spectacular the health benefits of a meat-free diet are. An example is shown in a relevant policy document published in 2003 by the ADA (American Dietetic Association) and the DC (Dieticians of Canada) collectively on the Health benefits of vegetarian and vegan diets. Many of the most renowned dieticians in the USA and Canada are members of these associations. The ADA alone has around 70 000 members.In this official policy document it states:
“Well planned vegan and other forms of vegetarian diets are appropriate for all phases of the life-cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, early and later childhood and adolescence. Vegetarian diets offer a range of benefits”
“It is the position of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and the Dieticians of Canada (DC) that a sensible, well-planned vegetarian diet is conductive to good health and suitable for meeting nutritional needs, as well as a being a healthy way of preventing and treating certain illnesses.”
“It is the responsibility of dieticians to support and strengthen interest in vegetarian diets.”
One of the most recognised and renowned German dieticians Prof. Dr. Claus Leitzmann from the University of Gießen is also clear on the subject: “Studies with on people living vegan lifestyles, which are being carried out across the world, show that vegans are on average healthier than the general population.
Body weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, kidney function and general state of health are by large worse in the normal population. In addition to these positive aspects a vegan diet is less damaging to the environment (liquid manure and methane from animal farming), developing countries will become more independent (no import of animal feed) and animals will be more humanely treated. Therefore the breeding of livestock, animal farming, transportation of animals and animal experiments will be reduced or can be completely eradicated.”
The PCRM (Physicians' Committee for Responsible Medicine) is a nonprofit medical organization for preventive medicine, clinical research, and higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research. Here the clear statement of the PCRM about vegan diets:
"Vegan diets, which contain no animal products, are even healthier than vegetarian diets. Vegan diets contain no cholesterol and even less fat, saturated fat, and calories than vegetarian diets because they exclude dairy and eggs. Scientific research shows that health benefits increase as the amount of food from animal sources in the diet decreases, making vegan diets the healthiest overall."
Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health, stands up for the benefits of a plant-based diet:
"The vast majority of all cancers, cardiovascular diseases, and other forms of degenerative illness can be prevented simply by adopting a plant-based diet."
Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, has been one of the leading scientists of nutrition research for more than forty years. He published more than 300 research papers. His outstanding survey, the China Project, is the most comprehensive study of health and nutrition ever published.