How much protein do we need? What are the best sources? Can a vegan or vegetarian get sufficient protein from plant foods? Is protein overrated or underrated?
Those are the kinds of questions I hear from clients all the time. Unlike carbohydrates or fat, our bodies can’t store protein. That means we need to get it—more specifically, the 9 essential amino—from our food.
This is critical because these essential amino acids are the raw materials we use to make all of our brain messenger chemicals, or neurotransmitters, and the receptors or docking stations on our cells on which they land to transmit their messages.
Simply put: If we don’t eat adequate protein at every meal, our brains can’t work. We will be sluggish, foggy, anxious, unfocused, tired, and depressed. And as you age, you need more and higher-quality protein to maintain muscle mass and health.
We all know food can harm—that drinking soda and eating junk food is bad for us. But how many of us believe the right foods—those that contain optimal amounts of protein and other nutrients—can heal?
Food is information. Eating the right foods can reduce inflammation, oxidative stress and so much more. The right foods can literally become the building blocks for a healthy body and a healthy brain.
Optimal protein plays so many other roles in our bodies. Our liver can’t perform phase 2 detoxification—the phase where our bodies actually excrete toxins—without sufficient amino acids.
Even though we understand protein is critical for vibrant brains and healthy bodies, how can we avoid the confusion and choose the best sources? During our sessions, I will help you undo all the beliefs about food that are making you fat and sick and replace them with a new understanding that will lead to health and longevity.
Ultimately, the right foods can cure depression, diabetes, arthritis, autoimmune disease, headaches, fatigue, and insomnia. They can prevent and reverse dementia and heart disease or a hundred other common diseases and symptoms.
Eating healthfully shouldn’t be confusing. During our sessions, I will provide a roadmap based on the best and latest science of what to eat, so that you literally will have the power to change your health and your life, one forkful at a time.
Marsha Beals, Certified Health Coach & Wellness Educator
Specializing in Holistic Health & Healing Nutrition
Natural Beauty From Within
Marsha Beals, Health & Wellness Coach, AADP
Certifications in Holistic Health & Healing Nutrition