Why is Protein Important in our diets?
Proteins are the building blocks of life, made up of amino acids that our bodies don’t naturally produce. We need protein in our daily diets to repair cells and make new ones. In order to maintain good health, we need a number of amino acids sourced from the foods we eat and broken down during digestion.
Having enough protein in our diets is important to increase lean muscle mass, decrease body fat while maintaining muscle tissue, optimize hormone levels, increase metabolism and improve cardio-vascular health.
What is a good source of Protein?
The foods we eat meet certain nutritional requirements. However, we need large amounts of protein to maintain good health because it is found in every cell in our body.
Amino acids are found in animal sources such as meats, milk, fish, and eggs. They are also found in plant sources such as soy, beans, legumes, nut butters, and some grains (such as wheat germ and quinoa). You do not need to eat animal products to get all the protein you need in your diet.
What is a Protein Supplement?
Sometimes we do not get enough protein from the foods we eat. Protein powders can be used to supplement our daily requirement of protein. Powders are available in various forms, whey and casein, which are milk-based proteins and plant-based proteins. Most protein powders contain all 9 essential amino acids, making them complete proteins necessary for meeting human dietary needs.
How do I know if I need Protein?
According to the US Department of Agriculture, the DRI (Dietary Reference Intake) we should eat 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight (or 0.37 grams per pound). For example, a 130 pound person should get at least 48 grams of protein daily (would look like 7 oz of salmon or 7 eggs). It might be hard to keep track of how much you eat, so here are some signs and symptoms to look for from lacking protein.
- Mentally/Physically Tired
- Suffer from injuries/cramping/muscle soreness
- Unable to concentrate or focus
- Losing muscle mass or unable to build it
- Losing hair
- Suffering from brittle/breaking nails
- Unusually susceptible to sunburn
- Suffering from headaches, fainting, nausea
- Cranky, anxious, moody or depressed
Why Espira Plant Power Protein?
If you decide you need to supplement your protein requirements, do your own research to decide if supplementing is right for you. I knew that I needed more protein in my diet and use my Espira Plant Power Protein a few times a week. I like the fact that it was plant based because my tolerance to milk products has changed. It provide me with 21g of protein in one serving with only 120 calories. I use it to make smoothies and sprinkle it in oatmeal and coffee. Espira Protein is also vegan, Non-GMO, Gluten-Free and Soy-Free. It comes in Vanilla and Chocolate. Visit my blog about Protein Shakes for some delicious recipes.