Many of us complain of the fact that we have no energy. Many of us are also trying to cut back on what we eat or just live busy lives and are not eating the way we should. This means many of us are lacking in the right amount of nutrients. For example, many of us are eating a low protein diet and may not even realize it. This could be one reason we are lacking the energy we need to keep up with our busy lives.
Protein sources (like those found in some of our favorite snacks such as nuts) helps our body to manufacture the hemoglobin (red blood cells) it needs to carry oxygen to every cell of our body (thus help us to create energy).
Of course, protein does more for our body than just help us to have energy to do the things we need to do and the things we want to do. Protein also helps to repair and even build tissues and helps in the building of muscles, skin, bones, cartilage and blood. Plus, for those of us who would like to improve the look of our nails and hair, we must consider our protein intake since both hair and nails are basically made from protein.
The list of high protein foods are of many foods that many of us all ready love such as:
Dairy Products (cheeses, milk, ice cream, yogurt)
Eggs, egg whites, even egg substitutes
One can even substitute eating real foods that contain high protein with protein bars and protein drinks, when time is an issue. Both protein bars and protein drinks are great when one is on the run. Just remember to check the calorie intake.
The amount of protein one needs to incorporate into their daily routine varies considering their needs. The U.S. Department of Health and Human services advises; three daily servings or seven ounces for teenage boys and active men, two daily servings or five ounces for older people or children 2 to 6, two daily servings or six ounces for most other people.
The side effects of staying on a low protein diet for too long or just not eating enough protein can include: lack of energy, muscle fatigue, thinning of your hair and nails, heart palpitations and even more dangerous symptoms over time.
To learn more about protein check out this site: www.lifeclinic.com/focus/nutrition/protein.asp
Note: The writer of the above article is not a physician. Therefore the article should not be considered medical advice. The article is not meant to treat, diagnose, prescribe or cure any ailment. Always check with your physician before taking any products or following any advice you read online.