Proteins- To Repair and Rebuild

March 22, 2011 at 8:20 am Leave a comment

How is possible for proteins to help us get in shape ?

Does it have some elements of weight control ?

Well the anwer is simple. When we eat foods that contain protein, the body breaks it down into amino acids. These amino acids are necessary for building muscle and blood. There are 22 amino acids, which are divided into two categories, including essential amino acids and non-essential amino acids. The body can make some of the essential acids on it’s own, but certain amino acids must come from eating foods containing protein.

There are many health benefits of protein. Eating enough protein is essential to maintain a healthy body. If the body sustains an injury, such as a cut, protein helps with tissue repair. Along with carbohydrates, protein provides energy for the body which helps keep us from becoming fatigued. Another one of the benefits of protein is helping the body fight off illness and disease and keeping the immune system functioning properly.

Take away the water and about 75 percent of your weight is protein. This chemical family is found throughout the body. It’s in muscle, bone, skin, hair, and virtually every other body part or tissue. It makes up the enzymes that power many chemical reactions and the hemoglobin that carries oxygen in your blood.

Lack of protein on the other hand, can cause growth failure, loss of muscle mass, decreased immunity, weakening of the heart and respiratory system, and death.

A nutritionally balanced diet provides adequate protein, and a vegetarian diet can provide the proper combination of plant proteins to achieve this. Two to three servings of protein-rich food supplies the daily needs of most adults, depending upon age, medical conditions, and the type of diet employed.

  • Milk
  • Soy Milk
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Peanut Butter
  • Lean Meats,
  •  Fish
  • Poultry
  • Beans
  • Tofu
  • Lentils
  • Grains, including bread and pasta
  • Nuts 
  •  Seeds

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