Did you know, protein is an essential nutrient not only important for gym bunnies? Believe it or not, it should be incorporated into all our diets. Yep, that’s right - everyone from 9-5 hustlers, busy Mum, fitness fanatics and everyone in between, they all need protein.
What is protein?
Without getting too sciencey on you all, protein is a nutrient that all bodies need to grow and repair cells and to function properly. It’s found in a whole range of different foods and you must get enough every day.
Proteins are made from amino acids. There are roughly 20 different amino acids that link together in varying combinations and your body uses these to make new proteins, such as muscle. Your body can also use these as an energy source.
Why your body needs protein
Here are just a few reasons to make sure you’re getting enough protein in your diet every day…
- Building blocks. Protein plays an important role in building and repairing muscles, cartilage, tissue and skin.
- Oxygenate. Red blood cells need a sufficient amount of protein to efficiently carry oxygen around the body.
- Digest. Protein helps to aid food digestion, keeping you regular and ensuring you don’t feel bloated and lethargic.
- Regulation. Finally, protein is important when it comes to hormone regulation.
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