The Importance of Protein

BodybuilderLadies and gentlemen, right now we are going to talk a little bit about protein.

Ever heard of it? Of course you have! That’s the stuff those steroid-mongers eat to assist them on their quest to grow a third bicep right? That’s the stuff that women should avoid so they don’t get “man shoulders” right? And of course, that’s the stuff that will guarantee kidney failure by the time I’m thirty years old. Isn’t this the protein you’re referring to?

If your beliefs align with any of the previous statements, you have likely been informed by those who don’t know, or those that have an agenda. Allow me to help simplify what’s going on with this “protein business”.

As humans, protein is our dietary source of compounds called amino acids. While amino acids are required for the maintenance and growth of lean muscle tissue, amino acids also have many additional benefits. In fact, to list all of the benefits and various requirements for amino acids would be far beyond the scope of this article and realistically would require one or more textbooks consisting of hundreds of pages’ each. However, here are just a few reasons to not hold back on your protein intake:

1) Connective tissue health: See, in our bodies we have tendons, ligaments, cartilage, bone, and even hair, skin, and nails that all require amino acids from proteins to be maintained and to flourish.
2) Neurotransmitter and hormone production: Neurotransmitters such as dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine all require amino acids to be created. These neurotransmitters are necessary for focus, drive, and mood health. Serotonin and melatonin are ultimately derived from amino acids and are required for restful sleep. Testosterone and HGH, two powerhouse hormones, are constructed using amino acids.
3) Digestive health and detoxification: Amino acids are required for the construction and maintenance of healthy intestinal lining, as well as detoxifying organs such as the liver.
Now, are we all getting the point? Protein is required for good health! Don’t skimp on the protein!

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