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It is commonly known that we should eat roughly 4-5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, but you may wonder why? Registered Dietitian, Deborah Orlick Levy, MS,RD, shares 5 holistic benefits of adding more plants into your diet.

We have all been encouraged, at one time or another, to eat our fruits & vegetables. In fact, it is commonly known that we should eat roughly 4-5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. What isn’t as commonly known, is the “why” behind incorporating this “rule” to daily life.

Fill Up with Fiber

Plants are great sources of fiber, naturally. They help keep you fuller for longer, can promote bowel health, and aid in lowering cholesterol levels.

Support the Immune System

A healthy immune system is essential in protecting against and fighting diseases. Plants have naturally occurring nutrients called phytochemicals, along with lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which can help to support the immune system.

Cut Calories Naturally

Snacking on plants can give you the satisfying crunch you crave or the protein your muscles need for recovery or weight loss. Healthy, plant-based proteins can give your body what it needs without loading up on calories.

Aid in Mood Management

Studies have shown high quality plant- based diets can play a role in decreasing anxiety and depression. The antioxidants and phytochemicals that are naturally present can help to protect and repair damage to brain cells. Feeling overwhelmed? Read further on food and nutrients that can help tame stress.

Help to Lower Inflammation

Inflammation is at the core of many chronic diseases. High quality, plant- based diets which include fruits, vegetables and whole grains can aid in reducing inflammation throughout the body and possibly reverse damage done to the body’s cells and tissues. Decreased inflammation is protective against many diseases. Need help incorporating more plants? Here are our 5 Easy Hacks to Start Going Plant Based.