Within the last 48 hours there has been more articles being released suggesting that too much protein is bad for you and we should really watch our intake. Now I am no scientist but I thought it might be useful to you to know what the role of protein is and why you should include it in your diet, so here goes....
Your body is a complex being and while you exercise you put it through its paces and as a result of this it needs to recover. Your body cannot just recover on its own and in order for it to do so properly it needs certain nutrients, protein being one of them. Here at Discount Supplements we sell a wide range of protein sources because we recognise the importance of your health and well being. We also understand that we cater for many different people all with different goals and protein is a major requirement for achieving them. Here are some basic principles of protein that I think should be taken on board when leading an active lifestyle...
- Protein should be consumed at regular intervals throughout the day to provide your muscles with the number one nutrient they need.
- 15-25g of protein post workout is suitable to maximise muscle protein synthesis and repair.
- Protein acts as a security blanket for your muscles. Intakes should be suitable to your body type and needs.
Do You Need Protein If You Do Not Exercise In a Gym?
Of course you still need protein even if you do not exercise in a gym. Most people associate protein with building huge muscles like body builders and are afraid to consume it. You are exercising most days without even realising it. For example if you walk your dog, do some gardening or you are on your feet most days then your muscles are constantly working and therefore need protein to repair.
Protein For Healthy Bones
Did you know that consuming protein isn't just a requirement for your muscles but also for your bones? A large amount of your bone structure is made up of proteins and therefore should be maintained to keep healthy and pain free. As you get older your bone structure weakens, but ensuring you eat enough protein will help keep them stronger for longer.
Unfortunately we live in a world whereby if a story can be misconstrued or manipulated in a way it will cause controversy, it will be written about and released to the masses. In my opinion this is what has happening with the release of 'protein is as bad as smoking 20 cigarettes per day'. This type of article is there to scare people into not eating protein because of the 'potential' benefits it may cause someone.
Whether you listen to what I say and other health professionals or stick to what the newspapers say is ultimately, your choice. For the reasons above I still stand by the fact that if you are active within a day your body needs to consume protein. Where can you get good sources of protein from? Well, animal or plant based foods are great, such as chicken, turkey, fish, eggs and milk. There are other sources too like seeds and nuts.
Hopefully this helps clear it up for you if you are still on the fence as to whether you should include protein into your diet or not. Have a great, ACTIVE weekend :)