Did you know that
apart from water, protein is the most abundant substance in your body? Protein is
vitally important to the healthy growth and functioning of your body’s cells,
tissues, and organs. It is also helpful for achieving and maintaining a healthy
weight because it:
I receive a lot of questions from
Brain Warriors about how much protein to eat each day. I always say it depends
on your weight, activity level, and age, but most people need between 45-100
grams of dietary protein per day. To calculate your needs, grab a calculator
and follow these steps:
How much protein should you consume with each meal? In most of my recipes on my website, I aim to provide about 20-25 grams of protein. In general, this covers most people’s needs. However, depending on your individual situation, you may need more or less protein. Feel free to adjust the amount of protein in any recipe to fit your needs. Remember, the Brain Warrior’s Way is not one-size-fits-all. You are the master of your own brain and body health.
The easiest way to
determine how much protein to have at a meal or snack is to use the palm of
your hand (minus your fingers) as a guide. If you “shake hands” with protein,
you’ll get just what you need.
Too much of a good
thing isn’t necessarily good for you. This is true of protein, where consuming
more than you need can be harmful. Our bodies aren’t designed to effectively
process large quantities of protein. Consuming too much protein causes
increases oxidative stress and inflammation in the body, contributes to
cellular aging, inefficient DNA repair, and disease. Another problem from
eating excessive protein is that it makes it nearly impossible for you to get
enough of the energy-giving, disease-fighting nutrients that come from whole,
living plant foods.
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