10 Reasons You Should Become a Pescetarian

By September 8, 2018Lifestyle

Put down that Keto diet cook book,  Im about to rock your world with a diet that could actually extend your life, make you better at sex, look sexier and for good measure help the planet! What miracle diet am I speaking of? The Pescetarian diet.

 

If you’re thinking to yourself “What the hell is a pescetarian?” well you’re probably not alone and can thank social media and current diet trends for that. A pescetarian diet is basically a twist on vegetarianism, its a plant based diet with no animal meat BUT you still eat fish in moderation.

 

And why would someone want to take on a pescetarian diet? I’ll give you ten good reasons for that, and with all things, moderation is key but if you eat more fish and cut out animal meat entirely –

 

10) You’ll be Better at Sex

 

Got your attention? It should, because eating fish could make you better at sex according to Researchers at Harvard, who discovered that couples who ate fish twice a week or more had sex 22% more frequently than those who didn’t. It also found that eating more fish helped the couples (who were all trying to conceive) get pregnant easier: 92% of couples who ate fish twice a week or more became pregnant, compared with 79% of the couples who ate fish less often.  May just be my opinion but better sex is a pretty great reason to switch diets but if you need more reasons –

9) You’ll Live Longer

 

On the coast of Japan is an ancient Okinawan tribe of people, it is the largest collection of centurions(Humans who live more than one-hundred years). Of course when scientists discovered this, they immediately began investigating why on earth these people were living for so long?! They discovered the long lifespans could be contributed to the tribes diet, which consisted of what we would call today a Pescetarian diet, a diet mainly focused on veggies, nuts and fruits but also would eat fish from time to time. Unfortunately as of late, the younger generations are not living as long due to the introduction of western processed foods like…Big Macs.

 

8) Your Hair, Skin and Nails Will Look Better

 

The beauty industry is worth tens of BILLIONS of dollars, all because we love looking good! But what a lot of people are missing from their beauty routine is one of the most important and clear impacts on our visual health…Thats right you guessed it, fish!

 

The omega-3 fats in fish have been shown to help boost collagen production for healthy skin and hair, and may even provide a degree of protection from harmful UV rays! To reap the most benefit, the best fish choices are cold-water species with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids— mainly salmon but also tuna, sardines, anchovies and herring have been shown to have the biggest impact.

 

7) You’ll Have A Positive Impact on the environment

 

It’s no secret, meat is horrible for the environment, It takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce just 1 pound of meat.  Thats not even mentioning the insane amount of land needed to raise cattle in the first place OR the horrible mistreatment and abuse these animals suffer. Meat also is the leading culprit in global warming causing carbon emissions.

 

But most shocking of all is that the grains and corn that are wastefully fed to the mass amounts of livestock in the United States, could be instead fed to the 60 million human beings who die of starvation every year all over the world.

 

In comparison, a pescetarian diet is much easier on the environment when done responsibly. Fish don’t require acres and acres of land, or endless amounts of resources, and it requires MUCH less fossil fuels to catch or harvest them. In the past there were concerns about fishing practices, mainly due to bottom scraping and over fishing, but many companies today are focusing on being environmentally conscious, and sustainable(which they should have been doing all along since we’ve been fishing sustainably for thousands of years…) fisheries to harvest and maintain fish populations and ending all bottom scraping and corrupt practices have made huge impacts. Always buy fish from responsible companies that make it clear what their practices are!

 

6) You’ll Cut Down Your Risk of Cancer

 

Meat and dairy products have been shown to contribute to many forms of cancer, including cancer of the colon, breast, ovaries, and prostate. According to the Yale College Vegetarian Society, experts say that up to 80 percent of cancer cases are preventable through healthy diets that contain low amounts of fats and oils, and high amounts of fiber — the model pescetarian diet. Large studies in England and Germany have also shown that vegetarians are about 40 percent less likely to develop cancer compared to meat-eaters.

 

Meat is often covered in nasty pesticides and chemicals that are harmful, and after extended consumption, can be very dangerous, to humans. Every bite of a beef/pork hotdog contains seven cancer-causing pesticides…Yuck!

 

5)  You’ll Improve Your Mood

 

Non meat diets in general tend to boost your mental state, adding fish to your diet adds even more happiness by providing your body with much needed Omega-3. Research has discovered links between low omega-3 levels and higher incidences of depression, seasonal affective disorder, and postpartum depression. 

 

Omega-3’s alter brain chemicals linked with mood—specifically dopamine and serotonin. In one randomized, controlled study, medical students who took omega-3 supplements before an exam reduced their anxiety symptoms by as much as 20 percent.

 

4) You’ll Boost Your Brainpower

 

The omega-3 fatty acids fish contains (especially EPA and DHA) are a necessary component of the human brain, playing a vital role in a variety of cognitive functions. Many successful individuals today swear by a pescetarian diet as a way to help them stay peak mental performance. low DHA may also be a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, and with cognitive impairment associated with aging. So not only will you be boosting mental performance but also preventing diseases we seem to relate to a result of old age.

 

3)  You’ll Reduce Your Chance of Heart Disease

 

A healthy heart is extremely important and in the United States we tend to eat very little fish and stupid amounts of red meat which likely contributes to the insanely high amount of heart disease we have. Switching to a non meat diet will dramatically reduce your chance of heart disease. In one of the largest studies — a combined analysis of data from five prospective studies involving more than 76,000 participants published several years ago — vegetarians were, on average, 25% less likely to die of heart disease.

 

As an added bonus for Pescetarians, fish has anti-inflammatory benefits, and in recent population studies it ha been demonstrated that people who eat omega-3 rich diets have reduced cardiovascular risks including lower LDL cholesterol, lower triglycerides, and lower blood pressure.

 

2) You’ll See Better

 

Eating fish at least twice a week may help protect your eyes as you age. A review of studies showed that eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids helps ward off macular degeneration  – which is the main cause of severe vision loss in people older than 60.

 

The research found that compared with those with the least omega-3s in their diet, those with the most had a 38% lower likelihood for late AMD. That’s a significant difference!

 

1) Its The Easiest Non-Animal-Meat Diet Transition

 

Most of us want to help the environment and love animals and hate seeing how they are so mistreated and abused in the meat industry, but for many of us, the transition to a non meat diet seems so scary and exotic! And that’s where the pescetarian diet comes in and saves the day, you still get to eat salmon burgers, and bite in to deep friend fish and chips, and all at the same time you’re making a positive impact on the environment by no longer eating animal meat! So instead of grabbing a cheeseburger, grab a delicious salmon burger and know your body and the environment will thank you!

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