Protein is the essential building block to rebuild our muscles after strenuous workouts, which break down our muscles?
Did you know that protein does more than just rebuild our muscles?
Protein comes in many different animal sources like beef, chicken, pork, and fish as well as some plant based sources such as tofu, lentils, peanuts, almonds and even quinoa! Each of these sources of protein provide the human body with what are essential amino acids (eaa). There are 9 EAA's that are only available through these food sources, playing vital roles in bodily function and cannot be synthesized by the body.
Many of these roles are extremely important for the body to function such as, the creation of blood cells, aiding in recovery, the regulation of hormones, some are essential for healthy skin and teeth while some others play a crucial role in the regulation of blood sugar levels.
Consuming adequate protein helps muscle recovery and growth, even when weight-loss is the primary fitness goal. The digestion process of protein requires more energy, essentially burning more calories. Managing sufficient protein intake can prevent your body for going into a catabolic state, which means your body uses your current muscle as a source of protein to fuel your systems! Ultimately resulting in muscle loss!
When considering the consumption of protein into your diet, you should ingest about 10-35% of your daily caloric intake in protein. Remember, the body cannot synthesize protein within the body, so it must be consumed in our diets.
Protein can be delicious in any meal! Even replacement protein drinks can be a great alternative when looking to substitute. But that's a whole other topic! Remember, if you are ever unsure whether you are consuming enough protein in your diet, reach out to a Registered Dietitian who specializes in helping clients meet their nutritional needs.
Until next time. Eat that protein!