Protein is one of the three basic macro nutrients (the others are carbohydrates and fats). Proteins are made up of amino acids which are called "the building blocks of the body". And if they are the building blocks of the body, it would be logical to reason that eating enough protein is important.
1- Maintains Blood Sugar Levels- Protein doesn't cause increases in blood sugar levels and can slow down the absorption of sugars.
2- Helps with Weight Loss- Protein improves satiety which decreases snacking and can also improve muscle mass which increases metabolism
3- Supports Liver Function- It's essential for helping the body detox, especially estrogen.
4- Hormone production- Protein is an essential nutrient for thyroid health
5- Enzyme production- It supports energy, thyroid health and digestion
Animal Proteins (meat, eggs, dairy)- Have the highest source of proteins and contain the best ratios of amino acids (complete proteins)
Plant Proteins (legumes, nuts and seeds)- Have lower levels of proteins and do not contain all the amino acids (incomplete proteins)
How Much Protein Do I Need?
Everyone's metabolic needs are different. Some people have higher protein needs than others. The best way to know what is right for you is to track your responses to the food you eat (energy, cravings, focus, digestion) and adjust your ratios until you have good satiety and energy from meal to meal.
In my personal coaching programs, I help you discover your unique nutrient needs based on testing and your body's response. Join me there to learn more!