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30 Amazing Places You Must Visit Before You Die

30 Amazing Places You Must Visit Before You Die

No matter how long we’ve traveled, or how many places we’ve been to, we’re always hungry for more.The world is a fascinating place, and it’s a sin not to travel, not to explore.

Here is the list of the 30 amazing places worldwide you must visit before you die – an ultimate bucket list:

1. Trinidad, Cuba

    Cuba’s exhilarating town in the central region is a very popular tourist attraction for several decades now. In 1988, it is proclaimed as UNESCO’s heritage site. The picture says everything; lovely cultural heritage, delicious food, and staggering Caribbean sea are the features of this mesmerizing place. There are several not-to-miss attractions in Trinidad. Plaza Mayor, both plaza and an open-air museum of Spanish Colonial architecture is first among them.

    2. Beijing, China

      A traveler’s bucket list can’t be complete without the capital of China. The city was the place of Qing and Ming dynasty emperor residences; make sure to visit them. Rich with historical and cultural monuments, this city draws a lot of tourists. The Forbidden City, The Great Wall of China, The Temple of Heaven, Ming Tombs, and famous Beijing Opera, will fill you with ave and respect for the ancient Chinese culture.

      3. Jerusalem, Israel

        One of the oldest cities in the world, Jerusalem is considered holy by several religions. Ancient history can be seen in the Jerusalem’s stone walls; monumental buildings, heritage sites and fantastic landmarks of culture, faith, and history. A tour of the Old City of Jerusalem is a must since this place holds so much historical and heritage value.

        Old City is home to Western Wall, Church of Holy Sepulcher, and Temple Mount. The organized tour will guide you through the history of humanity and faith in Jerusalem, which is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

        4. Vienna, Austria

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          Capital and largest city in Austria, famous for UNESCO heritage sites, Schonbrunn Palace, coffeehouses, cakes, and bargains. To experience Vienna truthfully, you’ll need months; palaces, monuments, parks, and many more attractions will make you fall in love with this city. Among many others, in Vienna you must visit:

          • Schönbrunn Palace
          • Belvedere, Vienna
          • Naturhistorisches Museum
          • St. Stephen’s Cathedral
          • Prater Park

          5. Mexico City, Mexico

            The capital of Mexico, with around 21,2 million people, is classified as an “Alpha Global City” which means it is one of the most important financial centers in Americas. One can explore Mexico for a lifetime and still don’t know it all. We’ll mention some of the attractions to visit:

            • The Plaza de la Constitución or Zocalo
            • Catedral Metropolitana (Metropolitan Cathedral)
            • Palacio Nacional (National Palace)
            • Xochimilco
            • Basilica de Guadalupe.

            6. Melbourne, Australia

              Australia’s second largest city, several times voted among the top three in the “Most Livable City in the world” list. Rated high in the areas of education, entertainment, healthcare, tourism, and sports, Melbourne allures people from all over the world to visit and admire it, as well to move in.

              Attractions to visit:

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              • The Queen Victoria Market
              • St. Paul’s Cathedral
              • The Shrine of Remembrance
              • Eureka Skydeck

              7. Verona, Italy

                One of the most picturesque cities in the world, Verona, shines brightly on the Adige River. Have you heard the story about Romeo and Juliette? It happened here, in Verona. Juliette’s House – Casa di Giulietta symbolically represents this tragic love story. You can come to the famous balcony, and touch the breast of Juliette’s statue; the old belief is that touching her breast will bring you good fortune in love life.

                Aside this famous attraction, there are many others in Verona: the Roman Arena, where you can witness the magnificent opera performances, Archeological Museum, and the Roman Theater. The list goes on and on, as this must-visit city builds up on our ultimate bucket list.

                8. Luxor, Egypt

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                  Famous for the “world’s largest open-air museum,” Luxor is a mixture of modern city and ruins of ancient city of Thebes, the capital of Egypt in the age of God Amon-Ra. Massive historical monuments attract hundreds of thousands of tourists every day; one of the most famous attractions is the Valley of Kings, containing the tomb of pharaoh Tutankhamen. Another reason for visiting this historic monument is the structure of Luxor Temple that’s slowly collapsing under the time pressure.

                  While visiting Egypt be sure to check out Karnak Temple,The Souks (or Market), and Medinat Habu.

                  9. Krakow, Poland

                    One of the oldest and second largest city in Poland, Krakow is famous for well-developed academic, cultural, and artistic life. Architecture lovers will have a blast in Krakow; this town has many architectural styles with remarkable diversity. Many of architectural monuments Old Town charm the numerous tourists: Cmentarz Rakowicki, oases of Skalki Twardowskiego & Zakrzowek, Saint Mary’s Basilica and much more.
                    You can admire the stunning view from Kopiec Kraka watching over the city, take a relaxing walk at Wisla Boulevards, and enjoy the artists and performers on the Main Square. Krakow is a must-visit destination for today’s travelers.

                    10. Johannesburg, South Africa

                    Johanesburg

                      The biggest city in South Africa, Johannesburg is the capital of Gauteng province, the wealthiest in South Africa. Previously known as “The City of Gold” from its rich history as former Gold Reef City, the city grew from industrial mining town to a developed hub of architectural feats, a broad range of cultural and tourist attractions, and urban atmosphere. Explore the Cradle of Humankind, world heritage site protected by UNESCO, visit some art galleries, or massive Apartheid Museum. Try a bungee jump from two abandoned cooling towers, painted by the artists honoring the famous sons and daughters of Soweto.

                      11. Bagan, Myanmar

                        An ancient city in Mandalay Region of Burma, Myanmar is a one-of-a-kind place in the world, where one can visit the magnificent temples and admire the culture and heritage of the Burmese chronicles. In its rich history, Bagan survived several hundreds of earthquakes, and several wars, so many of the historical places are in ruins, but there are still some preserved artifacts and sites containing proofs of Burmese rich history.

                        Visit many stupas in Bagan, pagodas, and museums, embrace the nature at its purest form. Bagan is a must-visit place on any traveler’s itinerary.

                        12. Seville, Spain

                          Anyone who visited Andalusia can testify about its colorful and exciting festivals, lovely architecture, great historical sites, as well as great food, bars, and nightlife atmosphere. No matter how old you are, or what you’re interested with, Sevilla is a place for anyone’s taste and preference. A big Cathedral, Reales Alcázares Palace, and famous bull fighting in arenas are experiences that you should not miss.

                          13. Petra, Jordan

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                            Another UNESCO heritage site, famous archaeological place, unique in its stone form and creation. Petra attracts a lot of tourists every year, who come to visit the site to admire the massive construction carved in stone, and the famous water conduit system. This is the place where Arabian culture meets the Hellenistic ways. This crossroad between Arabia, Egypt and Syria is known by the name of “Red City” since the massive stone structure is half-built half-carved in the red rock.
                            Every traveler should visit this massive monument of culture and history in Jordan. The tomb beneath the structure is massive, containing several sections; The Palace Tomb, Corinthian Tomb, Khasneh, and the Urn Tomb. Since this structure is slowly decaying, it is on the must-visit list for sure while it’s still possible.

                            14. Las Vegas, USA

                            LAS VEGAS

                              The Nevada dessert was not that much interesting place until 1931. Since that year, many resorts, hotels, casinos, malls and entertainment objects started appearing fast, forming the Las Vegas as the center of entertainment, pleasure for all the senses, and a getaway from regular and boring life. The fast blooming of the city turned it into a big and flashed megalopolis, with more than 2 million residents (2014), and numerous attractions are alluring around 40 million tourists a year.
                              In this staggering place, there are duplications all world wonders, famous tourist attractions from around the globe; among thousands of other attractions here are some worth mentioning:

                              • Bellagio complex – Huge and worldwide known complex of hotels, gambling casinos, and attractions. The Fountains are worth mentioning as well.
                              • Cirque du Soleil -stunning performances and dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment
                              • New York – New York Roller Coaster – a characteristic cab-like roller coaster will drive you through New York Hotel & Casino
                              • CityCenter – futuristic concept built the hyper-modern hotel with influence of huge malls and futuristic design
                              • Mandarin Oriental – staggering luxury hotel that will take your breath away

                              15. Varanasi, India

                              Varanasi

                                Known as Kashi – the City of Life, this is one of the world’s oldest cities and one of Hinduism’s seven holy cities. This is the place like you never seen before. The Ganges River is regarded sacred, and a bathing and submerging in it manifests as a new birth of a man, washing all the sins away.
                                Many times described as a magical, rustic, and place with unbelievable energy; Varanasi is not a place for the fainthearted people. One can experience unique traditions, bizarre rituals, and aggressive touts, which can sometimes be uncomfortable and scary.

                                With charming architecture, great historical sites, and overall experience of India’s most atmospheric city. In Varanasi you’ll see traditional ghats, many Hindu temples, boat rides on the mighty Ganges, and many different tours will surely be one of a kind experience.

                                16. Dubrovnik, Croatia

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                                  The old town of Dubrovnik is a jewel of Adriatic Sea, one of the most visited locations in the whole country of Croatia. Rustic marble streets and awe-inspiring buildings built in baroque style are protected by the ancient walls protecting the city for centuries.
                                  Museums showcase this dazzling city’s long history; rustic monasteries tell the story of proud trade hub of the Mediterranean, razed by bombing in 1991, but the rebuilt city prevailed and became tourist attraction worth adding to anyone’s bucket list. Explore the Dubrovnik‘s massive and high walls, make a visit to War gallery, visit Cathedral of the Assumption, and take a cable ride from the city to the Mount Srđ to a lookout where you’ll admire the magnificent view.

                                  17. Chiang Mai, Thailand

                                    Northern Thailand is a wonderful place. And there you’ll witness nature like nowhere else. The peaks of the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park are around 1700 meters high. This area contains around 300 Buddhist temples, with many of them closed for visitors; the open ones look startling, with monumental structures, decorations, distinctive well-decorated roofs and big bells. Chang Mai is a mixture of modern and older; the modern part of the city is alive and full of modern architecture, and older parts are more rustic – they recreate the rich history of Chang Mai. This destination will provoke your senses, awake your inner spirituality, and stir up your life from within.

                                    18. Moscow, Russia

                                      The capital of Russia is staggering; the city of one of the most powerful countries in the world undoubtedly inspires admiration. From arts, industry and military, to infrastructure and nightlife, Moscow is a powerhouse, a megalopolis with a place for anyone’s needs.

                                      Among countless attractions, the definite must visit places in Moscow are:

                                      • Kremlin & Red Square – the foundation of the city and the country. (addition – St Basilic’s Catedral which is now a symbolic museum)
                                      • Church of Christ the Saviour –  the tallest Orthodox Christian church in the world.
                                      • Gorky Park – famous amusement park, named after Maxim Gorky
                                      • Bolshoi Theatre – famous Historic Theater
                                      • Vysotki – Seven Sisters – group of seven famous skyscrapers

                                      19. Edinburgh, Scotland

                                        The capital of Scotland won’t leave you phlegmatic for sure. Found on the south shore, volcanoes and glaciers shape this area. Impressive architecture and advanced education make Edinburgh most desirable city for the young academic bloomers.
                                        The rich culture and staggering sightseeing are not only attractions that may allure you to visit Edinburgh. The exquisite cuisine, dozens of world-class restaurants and worldwide known Scottish pubs with beer kegs and whiskey offer enjoyment for everyone. One won’t be wrong to categorize Edinburgh as a great nightlife city; a night out can end in tomorrow morning easily.

                                        Visiting Edinburgh you must not miss some of these:

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                                        • Scottish National Gallery
                                        • The view from Edinburgh Castle
                                        • Wash your face in the dew of Arthur’s Seat, peak in the group of hills in Scotland
                                        • Queen’s Hall – huge music venue

                                        20. Cartagena, Colombia

                                        Cartagena

                                          Another UNESCO-protected heritage city, where a mixture of old stone walls and structures blend with modern cityscape; where old culture is preserved and showcased with colonial settlements from the ancient the American continent.
                                          Cartagena’s Old City is inspiring for travelers; the rustic colonial streets and preserved buildings are surrounded with Las Murallas, the great walls. The atmosphere of San Diego and El Centro stacked with palaces, and colonial plazas will leave a strong impression in every traveler.

                                          Must visit attractions in Cartagena:

                                          •  San Felipe Castle – famous military castle with underground tunnels
                                          • Totumo Volcano – mud volcano, popular for its alleged healing mud-bath
                                          • The Naval Club – famous recreational activities club founded by naval officers
                                          • Waveflow Club House – clubhouse with surf simulator
                                          • Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria

                                          21. Tokyo, Japan

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                                            On the constant rise, Tokyo surpassed many cities in architectural accomplishments, the industrial revolution, development and cultural preservation. The Kaizen culture works; this city is the perfect example of “one step to advancement, every day” method. The picture tells more than a thousand words, showcasing the ultramodern neon design of Tokyo’s skyline.
                                            Tokyo also preserved the historical and cultural heritage, from the old times when this was a shogun’s residence in feudal Japan. The tradition is kept in the sumo wrestling, handcraft, and small alleys and wooden terraces in the yards with cherry blossoms.

                                            Things not to miss in Tokyo:

                                            • Koishikawa Kōrakuen – one of Tokyo’s oldest and best Japanese gardens. It was built in the early Edo Period (1600-1867)
                                            • Yasukuni shrine – for war victims for the foundation of peaceful Japan of today
                                            • Zojoji Temple – Japanese Buddhism temple, a rare example of early Edo period architecture.
                                            • Tokyo Sky Tree – spectacular panoramas of the whole city can be seen from this 650m tall tower

                                            22. Vancouver, Canada

                                              Listed at top five places to live in the world, Vancouver offers a place for everyone. Eco-friendly society, urban circles of arts, music, and culture, multi-cultural cuisine, theaters, museums, and operas are just a small part of this amazing city. Developed industry and corporate life are some of the many reasons more and more people are coming to Vancouver to start up a new life.

                                              Places not to miss in Vancouver:

                                              • Stanley Park – vast and well known in the world
                                              • Art Gallery – central cultural and artistic exhibitions happen here
                                              • Science World at TELUS World of Science – jaw-dropping live science demonstrations, and OMNIMAX technology films which are one of a kind experience.
                                              • Lookout – on a 50 story high tower, elevator completes the road from the bottom at 50 seconds. Astounding view.

                                              23. Zakynthos, Greece

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                                                A small island in Ionian Sea, Greece, has become a tourist attraction during the last years, bringing hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Mesmerizing light blue sea, great nightlife, fantastic cuisine are the features of this island. With lovely lush nature, a private zoo-like refuge for animals, and one of the most photographed beaches in the world, Zakynthos-Zante offers warm summer atmosphere and plethora of activities for the visitors to enjoy.

                                                Having a holiday on Zante, you should not miss the following:

                                                • Navagio beach (showcased) / Shipwreck Beach
                                                • Blue Caves – lovely blue waters surrounding the white stone caves, reflecting and lightning the most amazing scenery for visiting
                                                • Marathonisi island – island looking like a turtle, where the famous and protected Caretta-Caretta turtle lays eggs
                                                • Zante Town – main hub and only developed city on the island
                                                • Church of Agios Nikolaos

                                                24. Maui, Hawaii

                                                  Maui is an island in Hawaii, USA, second largest in the country. Lovely beaches and endless blue Pacific will embrace you in traditional Hawaiian way: an emphatic “Aloha!” and a flower Lei around your neck, symbolizing aloha spirit and kind welcomes.
                                                  Holidays at Maui can be action-packed, exploring-oriented or lazy; it’s all up to you. For adventure types, there are bike trails, surfing, hiking and kayaking. As an explorer, you’ll get to see lots of mesmerizing waterfalls, which is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And if you’re up for relaxing atmosphere and cocktails with lovely little umbrellas, fantastic beach resorts will make sure to host you the best way, offering superb lodging, dining, and atmosphere.

                                                  There are many attractions to visit in Maui, and here are some of them:

                                                  • Molokini Crater – excursions to this old volcanic crater happen each day
                                                  • Kula Botanical Garden – thousands of flowers and plants, with lovely surroundings
                                                  • Haleakalā National Park – volcanic exploration, amazing wildlife to visit
                                                  • Try snorkeling – incredible sea life and crystal clear waters are ideal for this activity

                                                  25. Reykjavik, Iceland

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                                                    Iceland is a place which can hardly be described with words since few suitable words come to mind when thinking about this island in Norwegian sea. The volcanic landscape of geysers, hot springs, waterfalls, glaciers and black-sand beaches is amazing. The capital city, Reykjavik, is a place rich with life, culture, and characteristic Nordic energy.
                                                    There’s not just staggering nature beauty that impress; Iceland’s rich culture, mythological Nordic history, and people of Iceland will amaze everyone who visits this incredible country. This is a place where you’ll watch the astonishing Aurora Borealis Northern Lights from hot water spring with surrounding temperature around zero Celsius.

                                                    Here are places you must visit in Iceland, among many others:

                                                    • Gullfoss – a staggering waterfall
                                                    • Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik
                                                    • Blue Lagoon-Geothermal Spa
                                                    • Askja Mountain
                                                    • Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavik

                                                    26. Sri Lanka

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                                                      Sri Lanka is a popular tourist destination among tourists looking for inspiring travel holidays for a bargain price. UNESCO heritage sites that stood the test of time for 2000 years and remarkable wildlife are reasons worthy enough to visit this beautiful country.
                                                      Explore the rain forests when you want to go away from tropical heat and beaches, take a tour of wildlife in national parks, discover many impressive temples, climb the famous Lion’s rock, and admire the museums among many other attractions in Sri Lanka.

                                                      27. Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

                                                      Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

                                                        Cape of Good Hope is an amazing place, where one can enjoy beautiful holidays in an exotic location, the home of legendary Flying Dutchman. There is a hiking route that includes the old lighthouse, a souvenir shop while witnessing astonishing views of nature where two gulfs meet – Indian and Atlantic Ocean. Visiting Cape of Good Hope is a unique and exciting experience, where you can learn about 250 different birds settling in the Cape, and exotic flora of South Africa.

                                                        28. Grand Canyon, Arizona

                                                          A wonder of nature, the Grand Canyon stuns the eye at the first sight. Over 450 kilometers-long old canyon is carved in stone by Colorado River. This jaw-dropping location attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists yearly, to admire the nature’s impressive creation.
                                                          You can approach the Canyon from numerous locations, all divided into three geographical groups: South, North, and West. All of them provide different experience and angle of the vast structure. South Rim is the most visited one, and West is famous for its impressive Skyline, built on the edge of controversial glass bridge in the U shape.

                                                          29. Easter Island

                                                            A small island in the Polynesian Triangle, the Easter Island, is famous for the 900 monolithic statues called Moai, created by ancestors living here in the year 1200 CE. These figures are carved from volcanic stones and volcanic ash. Their origins tell the story of Polynesian belief in the sanctity of the head. From small, to monumental-sized, statues are scattered across the island. Exploring the Polynesian culture, and learning about stone platforms and statues will make your holiday unique and thrilling.

                                                            Here are some localities to add to your itinerary:

                                                            • Anakena Beach
                                                            • Rano Kau Volcano
                                                            • Terevaka
                                                            • Ahu Tongariki

                                                            30. Taj Mahal-Agra, India

                                                              Last on our list but not the least., Taj Mahal is best known as “the jewel of Muslim art in India” built in the honor of the love and grief of Shah Jahan’s for his beloved wife, the Persian princess, Mumtaz Mahal. Built in 1653, it took 20,000 artisans and 21 years to complete. Huge white marble construction stands in the center of the compound, surrounded by mausoleums, gardens and towers; it is proclaimed as UNESCO Heritage site in 1983. You should consider visiting this world wonder in the next few years because of a rumor of its decaying and possible closure to visitors.

                                                              Which place have you visited? Which one is your favorite? Let us know!

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                                                              8 Things to Watch for If You’re Considering Being Vegetarian

                                                              8 Things to Watch for If You’re Considering Being Vegetarian

                                                              Vegetarianism has been around for a long time, finding favor with many people, including Pythagoras clear back around 580 B.C. It’s been presented as one of the most healthy diets around, including being touted by the Egyptians to the point of abstaining from meat and animal clothing due to karmic beliefs. The vegetarian society (vegsoc.org) defines vegetarianism as:

                                                              “Someone who lives on a diet of grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits with, or without, the use of dairy products and eggs. A vegetarian does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish* or by-products of slaughter.”

                                                              While it’s pretty obvious that there are multiple benefits to following a vegetarian diet, it’s always good to be informed about the cons of this dietary choice as well.

                                                              Outlined below are several things you might want to be aware of before you say good-bye to meat forever. Whether you are a current vegetarian, or contemplating making a shift, keep in mind these 8 things to keep yourself healthy.

                                                              1. You could suffer from B12 vitamin deficiency

                                                              The B vitamins are especially important for stress management, adrenal health, and brain function. Vegetarians in particularly are at risk for B12 deficiency. Vitamin B12 is attached to the protein in animal products and without enough B12 you can suffer from depression, fatigue, and an inability to concentrate.

                                                              Due to its attachment to animal proteins, B12 is the hardest for vegetarians to obtain when they don’t eat dairy or eggs in their diet. This essential little vitamin can be found in some algae and has been added to some yeast, but research doesn’t currently provide enough information to say whether or not these forms of B12 are of good quality and can provide adequate supplementation.

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                                                              The body is unable to make this vitamin, meaning it has to be taken in through food or supplementation. Essential for making red blood cells, DNA, nerves and various other function in the body, a Harvard Health Medical report in January of 2013 found symptoms of a B12 deficiency can present in sneaky ways including depression, paranoia, delusion, and loss of taste and smell.

                                                              2.  You could suffer from higher states of anxiety/depression, lower sense of well-being

                                                              According to a CBS Atlanta report, vegetarians suffered from a higher rate of anxiety and depression than their counterparts. Read the full report here. Depression and/or anxiety can be a result of many possible deficiencies including essential vitamins and amino acids you can find only in meat products, including Omega-3s from wild caught salmon.

                                                              Without the correct supplementation and proper understanding of diet, including the importance of micro and macro nutrients, depression and anxiety can become a serious problem, bringing down the overall health and well-being of vegetarians.

                                                              Even though reports on health and lifestyle show vegetarians have a lower BMI and lower consumption of alcohol and drugs, it also shows they suffer from more chronic illnesses and more visits to the doctor than their meat eating counterparts.

                                                              3. You could suffer from excess weight

                                                              When you go vegetarian it opens up a lot of food, but just because there isn’t any meat in front of you, it doesn’t mean it’s necessary healthy. Though pizza and beer technically fall under the vegetarian diet, it’s not a healthy choice for your waist line.

                                                              Just because being a vegetarian is associated with a healthier lifestyle in many cases, doesn’t mean it’s always true. Making bread and pasta your staples and not understanding where your protein sources should be coming from, can pack on body fat, which increases your chances of health issues such as diabetes and chronic inflammation.

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                                                              If the choice to go vegetarian happens on a whim without the proper understanding of food control, portion, and nutritionally dense alternatives you can find yourself reaching for vegetarian foods, which could cause serious problems down the road. Nuts are a good example, but just because something is touted as healthy, it doesn’t mean, your should eat it in excess.

                                                              Eating too many calories in fat will still cause you to gain weight. Eating too many calories in carbs will cause you to gain weight. Eating too many calories in protein will cause you to gain weight. See a pattern here? Not to mention you’ll miss out on important nutrients the body needs by over-eating in one area and under-eating in another. Re-read number 2.

                                                              4. You could have a higher risk of heart disease

                                                              Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables should be a goal we all strive for, but when you cut out meat, you also cut out what is known as complete protein, which you find in animal by-products. Complete means more than just the essential amino acids, it means those amino acids contain dietary sulfur. Without enough dietary sulfur, which is found almost exclusively in fish and pasture feed grass beef, the body will struggle with the biological activities of both protein and enzymes.

                                                              The effects cascade downward, effecting bones, joints, tissues, and even metabolic issues. In short, a low intake of sulfur associated with a vegetarian diet can result in high blood levels of homocysteine, which may lead to blood clots in your arteries, blood clots raise your risk of stroke and heart attack. To read the full report click here.

                                                              5. You could suffer from low cholesterol

                                                              I know, at first you’re thinking, wait, low cholesterol is a good thing. Yes, it is, when it’s LDL cholesterol, which you get from eating an unhealthy diet, but low HDL (good cholesterol) can cause serious health issues. HDL, according to the mayo clinic, is in every cell in our body and can help fend off heart disease, not enough of it though, and too much LDL can go the other way, will be building up plaque in the arteries and leading to heart disease.

                                                              Cholesterol, the good kind, is actually vitally important to the making of every steroid hormone in the body! There are six, and without cholesterol the body is unable to convert hormones, and it can cause damage in the endocrine system.

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                                                              A vegetarian without a balanced diet, meaning enough protein, enough veggies, and enough good fats, could disrupt his or her adrenals, which are directly connected to the endocrine system and the body’s ability to make and synthesize the hormones your body needs. The six major hormones in the body help do everything from metabolizing carbohydrates, to the electrolyte balance, to making sure if you’re a woman you can carry a healthy baby through pregnancy.

                                                              6. You could suffer from lower bone density and osteoporosis.

                                                              Osteoporosis, the disease where the bones get thinner, weaker, and fractures become a high risk with day to day movements. It’s often associated with the older generation, but your risk for osteoporosis increases with a lower bone density. Bone density can be directly related to diet and lifestyle, along with many other factors.

                                                              When it comes to eating a vegetarian diet it’s possible to miss getting enough of the right nutrients, causing the bones to begin to break down. If your vegetarian diet isn’t balanced and providing you with the correct nutrients and the means to absorb the correct nutrients, your body could begin to break down.

                                                              Recently, Professor Tuan Nguyen of Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research led a review of both Australian and Vietnamese research around the bone density of vegetarian versus their meat eating counterparts. Helping Professor Nguyen was Dr. Ho-Pham Thuc Lan from Pham Ngoc Thac University of Medicine in Vietnam. The review was designed to sort though years of research surrounded by discrepancies and inadequate clinical data.

                                                              At the end of the review, with vegetarianism rising to around 5% of the populace in the western continents, and with wide spread osteoporosis reports – 2 million in Australia and closer to 54 million in America – the decrease in bone density of vegetarians is a serious issue which needs to be addressed, if you’ve cut meat and animal by-products out of your life.

                                                              7. You could be at a higher risk for colorectal cancer

                                                              Cancer seems to be running rampant through America, and it’s within everyone’s best interest to do all they can to keep their body healthy and happy to prevent cancer from finding a place to grow. In most studies it’s been found vegetarians are at lower risk for cancer, but a European Oxford study with over 63 thousand men and women in the United Kingdom found the risk for colorectal cancer higher in vegetarians than in meat-eaters.

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                                                              Extra care needs to be taken when establishing a diet to ensure the body is receiving and able to up take all the important nutritional benefits and requirements from food.

                                                              8. You could end up eating more processed food

                                                              Depending on how deep you choose to go as a vegetarian, it could create the need to substitute a lot of food and recipe ingredients in your diet, but what happens when you cut out meat, eggs, and dairy and your recipe calls for meat, eggs, and/or dairy? You have to end up using a “healthy” vegetarian alternative which include stabilizers, thickeners, and various other ingredients you can’t pronounce.

                                                              Lauren from Empowered Substance puts it into a great perspective with her comparison of Earth Balance, a vegetarian approved butter replacement compared to butter. She points out the ingredients in Earth Balance consist of: Palm fruit oil, canola oil, safflower oil, flax oil, olive oil, salt, natural flavor, pea protein, sunflower lecithin, lactic acid, annatto color. Meanwhile, the ingredient list in butter, is much shorter. It’s butter.

                                                              That’s only one example. To appeal to the vegetarian lifestyle food manufacturers have found alternatives which fall under vegetarian, but aren’t necessarily healthy for you. Consider baked goods, which though vegetarian can be filled with more sugars and binders than regular baked goods with diary products. It’s the same with vegetarian items like mac and cheese, without using real cheese you may just be getting oil and thickeners, without even the smallest amount of nutritional value.

                                                              The reality is, most vegetarian substitutes contain the same junky alternatives which even meat eaters should be avoiding to remain happy and healthy.

                                                              On one final note, whichever lifestyle you choose to work with, remember anything in excess – including protein and animal by products – isn’t healthy for the body. It takes a wide spectrum of food and nutrients to keep the beautiful body you travel around in all day running in prime condition.

                                                               

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