Protein is an essential Macronutrient that we all need in our diet. It doesn’t matter what diet you’re on be it Paleo, Sunnah (eating in accordance to the example of the Prophet Muhammad – peace be upon him), it doesn’t matter if you’re a Vegetarian or Vegan we all need protein in our lives.
If you’re an active person due to your job or enjoy exercise and sports then you may need even more than the average person does due to the additional strain and muscle repair you’re body needs to go through.
Generally speaking, the average person needs 1g (protein)/kg (of weight) per day. If you weight 75kg you need to consume 75g of protein each day. And for a very active person, this could be bumped up to 2g/kg per day.
Protein is made up of amino acids, some the body can produce whereas others must come from our diet. The ones that can’t be made in the body are known as ‘essential amino acids’.
Protein is needed for growth, formation and the repair of bodily cells, including muscle, bone, skin, hair and organs. Protein is also needed to make enzymes, hormones and antibodies as well as being a source of energy.
If you have too little Protein this can lead to:
- Low energy and stamina
- Poor resistance to infection
- Slow healing of wounds
- Prolonged recovery from illness.
Eating balanced meals with all food groups on a regular basis will ensure your body is getting what it needs. I say again ‘balanced meals’ because take away foods are unlikely to get this balance right. And you don’t need to eat meat or chicken if you don’t like them, protein can come from many sources such as:
Milk, cheese, egg, beans, peas, nuts, seeds, wholemeal grains and bread, dark green leafy vegetables, spinach, broccoli, almonds and pulses.
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