February 13, 2018 Jeffrey Bernstein

Protein is essential to everybody, whether you’re young or old, an athlete or a couch potato. For most people it’s not exactly clear why you need protein, and what makes it so special to daily life. There are plenty of reasons to have protein in your diet aside from it just being something you “need.”

We’re here to clear up any confusion and address the misconceptions about protein. Let’s have a look at how essential protein is to you:

1 – Gives you energy

Protein consists of amino acids, which your body needs for the energy to get through the day. The amino acids found in protein give you the energy to move your limbs, and to keep your mind sharp. Without protein you’d never be able to leave bed in the morning.

 

2 – Repairs and builds tissue, bone, and muscle.

Weightlifters and athletes recommend protein after workouts to help build and repair their muscles, but it’s not only for active people. All children need protein for healthy growth. Seniors should have more protein for part of a healthy diet as well. The proper amount of protein helps maintain strong bones, and fight natural muscle loss that happens as we grow older.

If you maintain a healthy diet then you’ll recover from injury faster as well.

 

3 – Helps with feeling full

Compared to other types of foods, those high in protein can help you feel full longer. This situation is beneficial to maintaining your weight or curbing those excess pounds. You’re less likely to overeat if you’re full.

 

4 – Strengthens your immune system

Protein won’t magically cure or prevent any illnesses or diseases, but it does help your immune system become healthy and stay strong. This, in turn, helps your body fight colds and infection so that you’re taking less sick days.

 

5 – Contributes to healthy growth

Maintaining a consistent level of protein is vital to your kids staying healthy daily. It could also have an effect on them later in life.

It’s not just the youth that could use more protein. As our bodies age, we’ll require more levels of protein to keep bones, muscle, and tissue healthy and our bodies in balance. Seniors tend to need more protein in their diet.

 

Now that you know how essential protein is to daily life, you may be wondering how you can make it part of your diet. It’s likely you get enough protein every day if you make it a priority to eat healthy. But what if you don’t? Not all of us have the time or willpower to maintain a strict diet.

Use this standard to find out if you’re getting the right amount of daily protein: the recommended daily amount is 0.4 grams of protein for each pound of weight. Someone weighing 100 pounds should aim for about 40g of protein each day. 150 pounds is 60g of protein daily. The USDA has an easy-to-use tool that can show you the amount of vitamins and nutrients someone needs based on their age, weight, gender, and height. This way you’ll know you’re getting the right amount of protein.

 

What if I’m not getting enough protein each day?

Many types of food have the essential protein you need: meats, poultry, fish, dairy, and some vegetables. Being conscious of what you eat can help a lot. You can also use supplements – like Whey Protein Powder that can blend into smoothies – for your protein needs.

The most recent (and in our opinion, easiest) solution is a natural protein powder that mixes into all your favorite foods. Instapro is just that type of powder. You can pour a packet of the protein powder into hot or cold foods, and mix it up without changing the taste. Your family can have the meals they’re used to with that boost of protein for their health. You can order a box of Instapro on our store page and have it delivered to your door.

 

Sources:
USDA Choosemyplate.gov. “All about the Protein Food Group.” Retrieved January 2018.
PennState Extension. “Protein and Protein Supplements.” Retrieved January 2018.
Neubert, A., Campbell, W. (2014). “Elderly women may benefit from higher amounts of protein.” Purdue University Newsroom.
Harvard School of Public Health. “The Nutrition Source: Protein.” Retrieved January 2018.