AUGUST 2016 – What’s so big about proteins? Well, our body depends on them for the building, repair, and maintenance of every one of our organs, our nerves, our skin, our hair, our nails, and the muscles in our body. They are comprised of amino acids that are the building blocks for our body’s enzymes, hormones, the neurotransmitters in our brains, and the antibodies for our immune system.
We can get protein from meat, fish, eggs, beans, nuts and seeds, and grains. The amino acids in animal products are considered complete because they contain all the essential amino acids. Conversely, almost all non-animal foods will be an incomplete amino acid sources, so food combining is helpful here. The healthier the animal protein source, such as grass-fed beef and free-range chickens, the better quality the proteins will be. The body does not store protein very well so it is important to eat some on a regular basis.
Drop in next month to learn about carbohydrates. Until then…be well.