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How Much Protein is Enough

Author: Rebecca Carden August 05, 2014

When it comes to diet, protein and fat are crucial to a properly functioning body. Do you know how much protein is enough though?

Did you know that our hormones are made up of both fat (cholesterol) and protein? Without protein and healthy fats in our diet, our body just cannot physically make enough hormones which results in all sorts of very common health problems.

Hormonal imbalances can manifest in a host of different ways from brain fog to weight gain, moodiness, infertility and a whole lot more.

Our nervous system also operates via nerve conductors that are covered in a myelin coating made out of again, protein and fat. Without these two key ingredients, our nervous system cannot transmit messages properly throughout the body, think of it as short circuiting your body!

Getting adequate amounts of protein is extremely important as protein is the building block of our cells, muscles, tissues, and so much more. Protein plays many roles in the human body, which are responsible for a myriad of functions some of them include, roles in transporting/storage, as a structural component (collagen, muscle tissues, etc.), messengers (hormones, etc.), enzymes, and antibodies.

But how much protein is enough?

There are so many schools of thought in this front with some advocating for a hefty serve of meat with every meal and others (like us) advocating for protein moderation.

Protein takes more energy than anything else to digest.  If we consume too much of it we are burdening our body by making it work harder than it needs. That energy could be used by the body to heal and repair rather than just simple digestion.

Past a certain amount, protein ceases to be purely beneficial and really can place considerable demand on energy and digestive, etc. systems that can also lead to consequences such as sluggish digestion, excess ammonia burden, and potential weight gain.

We aim for a daily protein level of 15% or roughly between 50-70 grams a day at MGO depending on your build. What does this look like? Well a standard day might be one serve of animal protein around the size of a deck of cards, an egg or two, a good handful of nuts/seeds and a serve of quinoa with some leafy greens. That’s it.

Whether or not you eat animal protein is your choice and at the end of the day, you need to do what feels right to you.

Protein doesn’t just come in the form of meat. If you don’t see a piece of animal protein with a meal, it doesn’t mean you are not consuming protein.

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Vegetarian diets and even vegan diets can contain more than enough protein for your body to thrive and overall maintain a healthy lifestyle when thought out and planned properly. Plant based forms of protein however can be digested a bit differently and are not as bioavailable as animal proteins.

Here at My Goodness Organics we are huge fans of healthy fatty proteins such as those found in nuts and seeds. Seriously, hemp is just a downright amazing source of plant protein as is quinoa and as such we pack as much of them in as possible to your healthy, whole food meals.

Lentils when prepared correctly offer amazing sources of digestible protein as do many dark green leafy veg such as the famous kale.

In short, you don’t have to overdo the protein consumption and it comes in many guises beyond that of the animal variety. When you are eating one of raw superfood bars or quinoa salads, just remember that your body is getting all the protein it needs to feel great and look great.

We’re aiming for optimal digestion, hormonal balance and wellbeing here at My Goodness Organics not Arnold Schwarzenegger scary size ‘guns’.

To read up further on how fat and protein are crucial for happy hormones, head on over to the amazing Nat Kringoudis website and read her post on hormone health.

Nora Gedgaudas from Primal Body Primal Mind also has some incredible information on the science behind our protein needs that you can read here.

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