Protein

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Protein is a necessary macro nutrient in our diet to help us keep up with the balance of cell turnover in our bodies (the parts that make up our organs, muscles, cells, enzymes, and keep us functioning and thriving).

Proteins can be found in both plants and animal sources.

Proteins are made up of substances called amino acids (also called the “building blocks” of our cells). Most people likely don’t consume enough protein to keep their bodies functioning optimally unless they’re paying attention.

Per Precision Nutrition, for sedentary and overall “healthy” adults, one needs about 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body mass to maintain their cells (without considering a goal of building muscle, being sick or injured, or doing exercise). Most people don’t need more than 2.2 grams of protein per kilogram at most, even when you’re lifting a lot of weights and very active and therefore have more muscle turnover.

Protein helps us repair our tissues, build muscle, gives us energy, and keeps us satisfied after eating. Eating protein at every meal is important for overall body functions as well as finding a balance of food intake to feel your best. Eating protein is also important in disease states where our bodies require more resources to fight inflammation and other pathology.

Protein also helps to keep us full longer when we eat. It’s a great idea to plan some protein with every meal you eat.

What are your favorite protein sources?

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