Animal Protein vs. Plant Protein – Nutrition Studies

PROTEIN AND WHAT HAPPENS TO THE BODY?

When you eat a portion of food with protein in it (and almost all foods contain some amount of protein – even salad!), your body breaks down the protein into its amino acids. These amino acids travel through the body. The amino acids are recombined to create new proteins (remember, there are 10,000+ different types of protein in your body!). So, some of the veggie burger you ate turns into muscle proteins, some into hair proteins, some into hormone proteins, and so on.

If a cell doesn’t have the code for a specific protein, the protein doesn’t get made. Some specialized cells produce specific kinds of protein that other cells don’t, even though all the cells in a body carry the same exact DNA. Some genes, or sequences of DNA information that code for the production of a protein, are expressed more or less depending on what kind of cell it is. Hair follicle cells produce keratin protein abundantly, other cells in the same body produce none at all. In a man, testicle cells not only produce sperm cells, but those same cells create a chemical signal to the other cells in the body. That chemical signal that gets released into the blood by the testicle cells is called Testosterone.

Eating Wisely for Maximum Health

Diet is one of the top culprits responsible for feeling lethargic and low in energy. Perhaps your energy levels have been in an inactive state for quite some time now, or maybe you’re just looking for that extra kick-start to make you feel better. Proper meal planning plus a well structured Vitamin Plan will maximize your body’s energy output. Here are seven ways which you can kick-start your energy levels:

1. Choose your food wisely. Set yourself up for success by choosing your meals in advance. Planning is your best bet for eating healthy. To maintain energy throughout the day try pairing a protein with a carbohydrate. Try my favorite mid-morning snack: blueberries and cottage cheese.

2. Eat small frequent meals. Try eating six small meals a day. Maintaining your blood glucose levels throughout the day will help in sustaining energy levels and thus avoiding dips, which can lead to fatigue. Finding time to eat six small, healthy meals a day can be difficult. Try a protein shake. They are super simple to make! Just add 1/3 cup of Whey Protein Powder, one banana, ½ cup of orange juice, 1 cup of plain or fruit yogurt. This is a great way to supplement a meal and is a right balance of protein and carbohydrates.

3. Eat a good breakfast. Eating breakfast helps jumpstart your engines and increase your ability to concentrate and keep on track for the day ahead. Sticking with a good protein source and a complex carbohydrate such as foods with high fiber content will help slow digestion down, helping maintain your energy. Try one whole egg, two egg whites and, one piece of whole-wheat toast, and 1 cup orange juice.

4. Avoid simple sugars. Simple sugars like those found in candy, soda, cookies, and even some so-called “energy bars,” can spike glucose (sugar) levels in the blood and move too much into your cells, which results in a crash. When your glucose levels come down too quickly, the feeling of fatigue and low energy can kick in. A few hours later, you may find yourself craving a quick sugar fix again.

5. Go Low Fat. Eating a high-fat meal may make you feel sluggish and sleepy. Try a low-fat meal, especially during lunch to keep you going throughout the day.

6. Keep yourself well hydrated. Once you find yourself thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Dehydration can lead to fatigue and low energy levels. Make sure you drink at least 8-10 glasses of water each day to maintain hydration, more if you are exercising.

7. Moderation is Key. Remember not to do anything too extreme when you first begin to alter your diet for the long haul. A reduction is important. Don’t try to eliminate all the foods that you love and crave. Eliminate them slowly. Individuals often find that the more committed they are to a nutrition and exercise program the less likely they are to desire or even want to eat unhealthy foods.

A healthy diet will not only help you boost energy levels but is key to a successful weight loss plan. Pairing good nutrition habits with an exercise program will lead you on your way to success.

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