Protein, put simply can be consumed from an animal based source, or a plant based source. Some examples of protein include chicken, red meat, eggs, greek yogurt, tofu, lentils, and beans.
When we consume these types of foods, our digestive system breaks it down into their most simple form to become amino acids. These amino acids are the building blocks for our cells in our body to repair, rebuild, and grow. Specifically if we’re thinking about a musculoskeletal system, protein is essential for maintaining and developing lean mass to create a healthy body composition.
Protein also has a really positive effect on maintaining and boosting our immune system to help fight the flu and stay healthy. This is due to certain amino acids that have an immune boosting effect.
So how do we start eating more protein? If we think about our breakfast, by including foods such as egg or natural greek yogurt, you’ve already started the day off with a great serving of protein.
Through the rest of the day, it doesn’t have to be large amounts. A palm size portion of protein in each meal would be sufficient for the average person. This is of course, very general and would differ for athletes or those larger in stature.
When considering your overall health, make sure you’re getting enough protein in your day. By consuming adequate amounts of protein you are helping to maintain your musculoskeletal system, and provide your immune system with those important building blocks to repair, grow, and build.