what is protein?
Protein gives your body the structure and raw materials to anchor itself to the earth. Proteins are made up of individual building blocks called amino acids. A “complete protein” from sources like organic eggs and dairy products, fish, beef, and poultry contain all 8 essential amino acids. Your body needs protein for growth, repair, & maintenance of body tissues — muscles, blood, bones & hormones. Including:
Immune system function
Energy production when blood sugar is low
Metabolic & digestive enzymes
Hair, skin, nails, collagen, & elastin
signs of deficiency
Loss of muscle tone
Slow wound healing
Too acid or alkaline
signs of excess
Acidosis or dehydration
Putrefaction in the gut if stomach acid is inadequate
Loss of bone
Ammonia in the blood
How do I know how much protein I should have daily?
Here is a simple formula that helps you determine how much protein you should have daily.
1. weight in pounds divided by 2.2 = weight in kg
2. weight in kg x 0.8 -1.8 g/kg = protein in grams
Example: 145 pound woman who exercises moderately every week.
1. 145/2.2= 65.90 kg
2. 65.90 kg x 1.3 = 85.67 protein in grams daily
Sedentary adults should get 0.8 g of protein per kilogram of body weight, while endurance runners and strength training athletes need up to 1.4 or 1.8 grams of protein per kilogram, respectively. Also, if you are pregnant or recovering from an injury, protein intake should also be increased.
Now, the ability to digest, assimilate, and absorb the amino acids and nutrients from the protein in order to build, heal, and recover the stomach will need adequate amounts of hydrochloric acid (HCL), AKA stomach acid.
Hydrochloric acid (HCL) activates pepsin enzymes to break down protein. A simple way to produce HCL is to chew slowly and thoroughly. If needed, take a digestive enzyme with HCL like this Pure Encapsulations brand, that I recommend to all of my clients.
Check out my next blog post about getting healthy and lean protein from animal products. And stay tuned for vegetable protein next …