Ok, we’ve explained why protein is important, how it’s made, and different sources of the macronutrient. But how much is enough? As a rule of thumb, the average person can divide his/her body weight in half. The result is the number of grams, at minimum, that your body requires to carry out optimal function. For athletes, that number is likely to be higher as the need to recover is greater due to a constant and intense recovery process.
Not only is protein important for athletes, it’s also critical for slowing the aging process. Protein deficiency leads to muscle atrophy, heart problems, cataracts, slowing metabolism, difficult in gaining muscle/losing fat, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and learning new things, mood swings, muscle/bone/joint pain, diabetes, slow wound healing, and low immunity – common issues in the elderly population.
Keep in mind, too much of a good thing is no longer a good thing. Protein is acidic, so if you’re consuming too much in your diet, you are creating a suboptimal environment in your body. As we know, acidic environments create inflammation and inflammation can damage DNA which speeds up the aging process and contributes to disease. Say it with me: variety and moderation. Variety and moderation.
Your heart is the greatest healer of your life. And your soul is the heart of your life. Let’s start living, folks. Today starts now. Until we meet again, this is Dr. Higgins saying, good bye.