Do you wonder why your body needs protein and if you are getting enough every day? Thought this would be an easy way to read about the facts of protein through a Q & A!
[iconbox title=”Question” icon=”Robot.png”]What is it?[/iconbox]
A: Protein is made up of amino acids which are the building blocks for the major parts of the body and are crucial to regulating and maintaining the body. Your body makes its own supply of amino acids, and must also get some from food.
[iconbox title=”Question” icon=”Robot.png”]Why is it important?[/iconbox]
A: Protein is an important component of every cell in the body and is needed to keep us strong. It is stored in muscles and organs and is utilized to build and repair tissues and for the production of enzymes and hormones. Protein also makes it possible for blood to carry oxygen throughout the body.
[iconbox title=”Question” icon=”Robot.png”]What happens with too little protein?[/iconbox]
A: With too little protein you may experience; sugar cravings, fatigue, anemia, jittery feeling (I have this with low blood sugar), feeling weak and change in hair color and texture.
[iconbox title=”Question” icon=”Robot.png”]What happens with too much protein?[/iconbox]
A: With too much protein you may experience; constipation, low energy, dehydration, weight gain, sweet cravings, stiff joints, and calcium loss to compensate for acidic status in body. .
[box type=”info” size=”large” style=”rounded” border=”full”]TIP: Trust your body. Consider your blood type, activity level, and life goals when choosing how much protein to consume. Everyone needs a different amount.[/box]
Best Sources of Protein
- Grains – millet, quinoa, oats, buckwheat and oatmeal.
- Beans – black beans are higher in protein than other beans.
- Leafy Greens – spinach, kale, collard greens, romaine lettuce, bok choy and broccoli.
- Soy – tempeh
- Nuts – almonds are the best source.
- Dairy – Greek yogurt, butter, buttermilk, goat milk and raw milk.
- Eggs – are an inexpensive protein source
- Fish – wild fish is a cleaner protein choice like salmon and tuna.
- Meat – grass-fed beef, organic chicken, turkey, duck and lamb.
What is your favorite healthy protein source? What have I left out?
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