Protein: the Facts

Protein: the Facts

by O2Living Editorial Team @o2living
posted on December 28th 2009

Too much protein, especially animal protein, can compromise your kidneys and deplete calcium, zinc, vitamin B, iron and magnesium from the body. It can lead to osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, and obesity. High amounts of protein can and will damage your tissues, organs, and cells which will accelerate the aging process. 

So how much protein do we really need?

Protein in moderation is key as it produces enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters, and anti bodies. It also replaces worn out cells and aids growth and repair. Experts say that you that you need 18 to 60 grams per day. The American Dietetic Association reports that adhering to a vegetarian diet will provide twice the amount of protein we need on a daily basis. 

Including lentils, beans, nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, soy products, and tofu to your diet will provide you with a sufficient amount of protein each day. A healthy immune system can help fight cancer and help patients with hypoglycemia, anemia, ulcers, diabetes and chronic fatigue syndrome. 

An integral part of any healthy diet is fat. Essential fatty acids provide us with energy and offers protection from heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. Good fats are found in olive oil, sesame oil, canola oil, flaxseed and hempseed oils, raw nuts, and avocado.

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