Proteins are the bodies building blocks; they combine with nucleic acids to form nucleoproteins and can be found in every cell in our body.  Bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons all need protein to remain healthy. Protein is also necessary for repairing and replacing our worn-out parts.  There is still some debate on how much protein we need, but Dr. Sears recommends a 1/2 gram of protein per pound of body weight for children over 4 and 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight for the average adult.

Why Proteins Are Good For Us:

  • They help us maintain a healthy weight. Proteins help us fill full and satisfied.

 

  • Protein can act as a natural antidepressant and boost our mood.

 

  • Proteins are necessary to achieve normal development and bone growth

 

  • Protein regulates blood sugar.

 

  • Can boost energy, improve concentration and reduce brain fog.

 

  • Studies have shown high protein diets appear to be a natural solution to reducing blood pressure.

 

The essential amino acids

There are 9 “essential amino acids” that must be supplied to your diet because our bodies do not have the ability to make them.  Why is this important? When proteins are digested or broken down, amino acids are left.

The human body uses amino acids to make proteins to help the body:

  • Breakdown food
  • Growth
  • Repair body tissue
  • Perform many other body functions

Here are amino acids:

  • histidine
  • isoleucine
  • leucine
  • lysine
  • methionine
  • phenylalanine
  • threonine
  • tryptophan
  • valine

Sources of Healthy Protein

  • 1 egg is 7 grams of protein
  • 1/2 cup cooked beans 7 grams of protein
  • 1 oz of nuts 5 grams of protein
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter 8 grams
  • 2 cups of whole wheat pasta 7 grams protein
  • 8 oz of yogurt 12 grams Greek yogurt will be higher

 

You can also look at food labels to see if you are getting an adequate amount of protein.  If you’re eating a healthy balanced diet, you should not have to track your protein intake.

 

The information on our website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

 

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