Where I’m originally from, the Great White North (Canada), people still use dog sleds to travel in the winter.
You can think of your body as the sled the dogs are pulling. And the dogs are the protein that make up your body — especially your muscles. If you only have one or two dogs pulling your sled, it doesn’t matter how much food you feed them, they can only eat so much
food and turn it into so much motion.
It’s much better to have four or six dogs pulling your sled if you want to pick up speed.
Muscle (Not Fat) Creates Energy
Likewise, if you’re not getting enough protein you just don’t have enough muscle with which to expend energy. It doesn’t matter how much carbohydrate or fat you consume - you need muscle to expend that energy. This is why people who have little muscle tone can eat a high calorie diet and yet feel lethargic all day.
If you are eating a well–rounded diet containing plenty of vegetables and fruits it’s difficult to overeat on protein. And if you make sure, most days, that you’re including enough protein rich foods, you shouldn’t find it difficult to get the relatively meagre amount of protein you need to thrive.
Still, surprisingly, people in developed countries are often deficient. Either because they eat too much high–carbohydrate junk food, follow a vegetarian diet without adequate amounts of non-meat protein or have trouble absorbing protein.
Sometimes, too, when money is tight people will fill their tummies with rice or bread as it is much cheaper than most protein sources (except legumes).
Your Body is 16% Protein
Muscle, hair, skin, and connective tissue are mainly made up of protein. Protein is not only critical to every single cell in your body, but also to the hormones and enzymes your body produces. Protein allows the neurotransmitters on our cells to communicate with each other.
A lack of protein can affect everything – from your ability to digest food, to the way your genes express themselves, to your libido. The enzyme processes that I talk about all the time, the 700-800 that require magnesium; they are all protein molecules.
Signs That You’re Not Getting Enough Protein
- Apathy, irritability and a spaced-out feeling
- Lack of muscle mass and weakness
- Low blood sugar (or constant high and low blood sugar)
- Diarrhea and intolerance to dairy products
- Lack of stomach acids
- Low body temperature
- Cravings for meat, peanut butter, eggs, dairy, nuts or beans
- Poor condition of nails and/or hair
Rarely do medical doctors even consider lack of protein as a possible cause of people’s ailments. There was a time when your typical North American was getting far too much protein in their diet. Now things have sort of gone to the opposite extreme — especially amongst “health nuts” and vegetarians who think a green salad is a suitable replacement for a steak dinner. I find that many people are scared into thinking that a vegetarian diet is healthier than an animal protein diet...but they don’t know how to eat a proper and healthy vegetarian diet.
How to Calculate Your Protein Needs
Here’s how you can determine the amount of grams of protein you need to eat each day to stay balanced:
Metric Version: Multiply your ideal body weight in kilograms by 0.8. So, if a healthy weight for you would be 70kg you need 70 x 0.8 = 56g of protein a day. Multiply by 2 for growing infants. Multiply by 1.2 for growing adolescents.
Imperial Version: Multiply your ideal body weight in pounds by 0.35. So, if a healthy weight for you would be 110 lbs you need 110 x 0.35 = 39g of protein a day. Multiply by 0.9 for growing infants. Multiply by 0.54 for growing adolescents.
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So, pick up a canister of ReStructure, especially if you’re on a meatless diet or are one of those people who finds it hard to digest protein-rich foods. Our customers say it is the best-tasting protein shake they have ever tasted. If you’re still not convinced this is the best protein powder for you, just purchase a half dozen individual packets of ReStructure and your body will let you know how great it is.
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Dr. Carolyn Dean