Importance Of Protein

Protein is essential for Healthy Living is a true statement, but how much do we understand about the workings of protein?

Protein makes up about half of the human body's dry weight, our brain cells, muscles, skin, hairs and nails are just some of the body parts that are protein-based. 

Many of the foods we eat contain protein; like chicken, eggs, beef, lamb, fish, non-fat dairy products, nuts, seeds, beans or peas. Legumes are plants that bare their fruit in pods, which are casings in two halves, or hinges. Are low fat, very high in fibre and nutrients, and high in protein. These are beans, lentils, peas, and peanuts.

Legumes are rich in the following nutrients: Calcium, dietary fibre, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, protein, riboflavin, thiamin, vitamin B6, and zinc. 

Proteins are digested to release amino acids. In our body the amino acids are used to make new proteins, converted into hormones such as adrenalin, or used as an energy source. Proteins builds up, maintains, and replaces the tissues in our body.

Our body uses the protein we eat to make lots of specialized protein molecules that have specific jobs. 

For instance, our body uses protein to make haemoglobin, a protein responsible for transporting oxygen in the blood, to every part of the body.

Other proteins are used to build cardiac muscle, your heart! In fact, whether you're running or lying down, protein is doing it's important work like moving your arms and legs, or protecting you from disease.

Role Of Amino Acids

When we eat foods that contain protein, the digestive juices in our stomach and intestine go to work. They break down the protein into amino acids. The amino acids can then be reused to make the proteins our body needs to maintain the muscles, bones, blood, and vital organs.

Proteins are sometimes described as a long necklace with differently shaped beads. Each bead is a small amino acid. These amino acids can join together to make thousands of different proteins. Scientists have found many different amino acids in protein, but 22 of them are very important to human health.

Our body can make 13 required amino acids, but it cannot make the other nine. We can only get them by eating protein-rich foods. They are called essential amino acids, because we get them from foods you eat.

Where To get Your Proteins

Egg white is the most versatile and complete naturally occuring protein source.

Meat and milk are proteins also that are complete, because it contains all nine of the essential amino acids that our body cannot make.

Most vegetable proteins are incomplete, because it lacks one or more of the essential amino acids. So it's important to eat a wide variety of protein-rich vegetable foods in order to get the essential amount of amino acids.

You don't have to eat all the essential amino acids at every meal, but as long as you have a variety of protein sources throughout the day, your body will get what it needs from each meal.

Weight Loss Proteins

A lot of Body Builders and Athletes will resort to 100% Whey Protein or other products for their protein supplement, but however, even at these elevated levels, provided you're eating a wide variety of foods you (the average Joe Blog) can easily achieve the required quantity without having to resort to any Protein Powder Product.

Protein Rules

Eating protein rich foods such as meat, fish, egg whites and non-fat dairy products is a kick-start to any weight loss program. 

A short-term, protein-rich regime purges or (rids) the tissues of excess water, dulls the appetite (if you eat only protein, your body produces ketonic cells, which are powerful natural appetite suppressants), while maintaining muscle tone.
Proteins are relatively low in kilojoules (compared with fats and many carbohydrates) and their complex structure means the body has to work hard to digest them – you will burn more kilojoules processing protein than any other food.

Drinking enough water is also needed to help with the breakdown of the protein molecule, and also (if you're exercising) to flush out the digestive system).

*Be sure to get periodic medical checkup before committing yourself to any weight loss program. It is advised that you do not go to extremes with any diet program, as this may affect your health* Jesse Evans