Saturday, 13 October 2012

The Benefits of Protein

As another step to figuring out my constant headaches I was told to eat more protein (after having some tests done saying I was low). I was complaining also with not remember things and low energy at certain times in the day. After a week of protein smoothies I was amazing at how much better I was feeling and how much more energy I had!

So here’s a post all about protein and what it can do for you and why we really need it!

Protein is an important component of every cell in the body. Hair and nails are mostly made of protein. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.

Along with fat and carbohydrates, protein is a "macronutrient," meaning that the body needs relatively large amounts of it. Vitamins and minerals, which are needed in only small quantities, are called "micronutrients." But unlike fat and carbohydrates, the body does not store protein, and therefore has no reservoir to draw on when it needs a new supply.

So you may assume the solution is to eat protein all day long. Not so fast, say nutritionists.
The truth is, we need less total protein that you might think. But we could all benefit from getting more protein from better food sources.

How Much Protein Is Enough?

Extra protein doesn't give you extra strength. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

· Teenage boys and active men can get all the protein they need from three daily servings for a total of seven ounces.
· For children age 2 to 6, most women, and some older people, the government recommends two daily servings for a total of five ounces.
· For older children, teen girls, active women, and most men, the guidelines give the nod to two daily servings for a total of six ounces.

Choose Your Proteins Wisely

The type of protein you eat may play a role in successful weight loss and in your overall health.
Consumption of large quantities of processed meats such as hot dogs, sausages, and deli meats, have been linked to increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and colorectal cancer. You'll have a harder time maintaining weight loss if you eat these proteins often, and you may be damaging your body.

Nutrition experts recommend getting dietary proteins from the following sources:

· Fish: Fish offers heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and, in general, less fat than meat.
· Poultry: You can eliminate most of the saturated fat by removing the skin.
· Beans: Beans contain more protein than any other vegetable protein. Plus, they're loaded with fiber that helps you feel full for hours.
· Nuts: One ounce of almonds gives you 6 grams of protein, nearly as much protein as one ounce of broiled ribeye steak.(they are also a great source of healthy fats)
· Whole grains: A slice of whole wheat bread gives you 3 grams of protein, plus valuable fiber.

Information by By Neil Osterweil Feature

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