Nutrition

What You Need to Know About Protein


Protein plays a bigger role in our bodies than most people realize. It aides in cellular repair and generation, strengthens your skin, hair & muscles, and helps with human growth.  There are two types of protein, animal and plant which I will explain.

  • Animal proteins “complete protein”– you get these from animal based foods such as eggs, fish, meat etc. It contains all of the essential amino acids our bodies require to function. This is a big thing that concerns dietician and doctors of patients that are vegan or vegetarian.
  • Plant proteins” incomplete proteins” – this is from plants (obv.) and is usually low in at least one of the essential amino acids hence it being incomplete. Your body needs the complete proteins to function properly, plain and simple.

The amount of protein the average person needs is about 1.76 grams of protein per pound of body weight. To make sure you get a good variety of amino acids from the proteins, you want your diet to include lean meats, fish, egg whites and dairy products if you can.

Chicken, turkey, eggs & beans are all fantastic sources of protein!
Chicken, turkey, eggs & beans are all fantastic sources of protein!

While animal proteins are the best proteins for you to eat, you want to be careful not to consume too many red meats as they tend to be high in saturated fat, trans fat, calories, and cholesterol. Now, you don’t have to cut it out entirely, just be aware of the downside of  consuming it in abundance along with benefits. Consuming too many red means can also increase your risk of developing heart disease and even colon cancer.

Nuts are a great snack & source of protein
Nuts are a great snack & source of protein. Source

You don’t really want a diet is super high in protein because just like any other nutrient you can overdo it. Consuming too much protein  makes it harder for your kidneys to break it down so that’s bad. As in kidney stones bad. The importance of protein Without protein, your body has a hard time functioning properly. It is used in every cell and can produce enzymes that help chemical reactions run properly inside your body. It also helps oxygen enter your bloodstream. It help with the production of antibodies and it helps build up muscle which is the main reason people try and consume protein in high amounts. When you’re working to get more protein you guys want to make sure that you are also staying hydrated properly as for the protein to absorb into your body right it. While protein supplements can be used to aid in muscle building, if you’re looking to build extra muscle it’s not always the best way to get your protein. It’s easy to overdo how much protein you consume. You really do want to pay attention to just how much you are getting in the average day before you think of adding on a supplement. The best thing I can suggest is to eat something after your workout that has both carbs and protein. If it meets the daily recommended amount with your other meals then you should be good to go. I would strongly suggest researching the different protein powder, you find out there if you do decide that you would like to include one of those along with you fitness regimen. Also make sure you talk to a doctor first, it’s just good practice.

Beans are also great protein sources & cheap!! Source
Beans are also great protein sources & cheap!! Source

The link below is of a great site, it gives you a lot of information about diets and the importance of nutrients. This link shows you various protein food sources which can be very handy.  http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/protein-foods.html#   I hope you have a lovely day! 🙂

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