The Power of Protein. How important is it?

Protein is one powerful nutrient. It is part of every living cell, and it plays a major role in your body — from building your body tissues to making important hormones. An adequate protein intake in the diet is important across the life cycle, especially as we age. Keep reading to learn more about protein, including:
• What Is Protein?
• What Are the Different Types of Protein in the Diet?
• The Role of Protein in the Body
• Current Protein Intake Recommendations
• Protein Needs for Older Adults
What Is Protein?
Protein is an important macronutrient used by the body for building, repairing and maintaining tissues. Proteins are part of every cell, tissue, and organ in our bodies. Proteins are made up of amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. There are 20 different amino acids needed by the body. These amino acids join together to make all different types of protein. Eight amino acids are considered essential amino acids since they not made by the body and therefore must be obtained from food. The other 12 amino acids are made by the body and are considered nonessential amino acids.
The proteins in our bodies are constantly being broken down and replaced. The body does not store amino acids like it does carbohydrates and fats, so the body needs a daily supply of amino acids to make new proteins. The protein in the foods we eat is digested into amino acids that can be used to replace the proteins in our bodies.
What Are the Different Types of Protein in the Diet?
There are different types of protein in our diet — complete and incomplete proteins. The “completeness” (or quality) of a protein is determined by its amino acid composition. A complete protein source is one that provides all of the essential amino acids. Complete proteins come from animal sources (e.g. eggs, milk, meat, poultry, and fish) and foods made from soy (e.g. tofu and tempeh). About 75% of the protein we eat in our diets should be complete or high-quality protein. An incomplete protein source is one that is low in one or more of the essential amino acids. Most plant proteins (e.g. legumes and nuts) are incomplete proteins because they do not contain all the essential amino acids. Incomplete proteins can be combined (e.g. beans and rice, milk, and cereal) to obtain protein of sufficient quality to be considered complete.
Typically, good sources of protein include:
• Meats, poultry, and fish
• Milk and dairy products
• Eggs
• Tofu
• Legumes (dry beans and peas)

Here are examples of amounts of protein in various foods:
• 3-ounce piece of meat contains about 21 grams of protein
• 1 cup of milk contains about 8 grams of protein
• 1 cup of dry beans contains about 16 grams of protein

The Role of Protein in the Body
As a nutrient, protein performs many functions in the body. An adequate dietary protein intake is important for building, maintaining and repairing body tissues. The body’s structural components, such as skin, muscles, bones, and organs, are made up in large part by protein. Many hormones and enzymes that function to regulate body processes and chemical reactions are made of protein. Protein is also used to make antibodies to fight disease. If you do not consume enough carbohydrate and fat, proteins can also supply your body with energy.
Current Protein Intake Recommendations
The Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine recommends that healthy adults get a minimum of 0.8 grams of protein for every kilogram of body weight per day. This is equal to about 8 grams of protein for every 20 pounds of body weight. A protein intake at this level will help to keep the body from slowly breaking down other own tissues. See the chart below for the amount of protein in grams per day for adult men and women.

Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for Protein applescale #diets
Grams of protein needed each day
Women ages 19 to 70+ 46
Men ages 19 to 70+ 56

 

Summary
Protein has many important roles in our bodies and is part of every tissue, including our organs, muscles, and skin. We need to make sure we eat enough high-quality protein in our diets, especially as we age so that our bodies have the amino acids it needs to function properly. New research is showing that older adults may need more protein than current recommendations to help optimize their health and protect their lean muscle mass.

Circuit Training Tues., Thurs. & Sat. 21st, 23rd & 25th!

Hello DGF Enthusiasts,

This week, July 21st, & July 23rd @7pm and July 25th @11 am… We are Circuit Training! 

Why I Love Circuit Training

  • Circuit training is a great boredom buster: Moving quickly from one exercise to the next means your mind doesn’t have time to wander or tune out.
  • An all-strength circuit burns 30 percent more calories (about nine per minute!) than a typical weight workout and offers more cardio benefits.
  • A circuit that combines cardio and strength moves will blast fat and sculpt muscle. It can also burn up to 10 calories a minute.

How It Works

A circuit is a series of strength or cardio exercises (or both) repeated two or three times with little or no rest between sets. 

Classes are $10.00 per person and run for 1 hour including a Dynamic Warm up, 30 mins of exercise and stretching after for cool down.

Location: 1080 NE 43rd Street, Oakland Park, Florida 33334 

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Small group personal training means you get the customized attention you’ve been craving for REAL RESULTS!!! 8 people MAX!!

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Build Muscle and Burn fat this week at Diamond Guru Fitness!

Good Tuesday morning Fitness enthusiasts!

This week at DGF, You will burn Fat and build muscle with Dumbbell workouts! ZumbapinkandpurplerowJoin me Tuesday & Thursday this week @7pm. We’ll do a 10 minute Warm up, 30 minutes of continuous exercise and then a cool down and stretch! Small Group Personal Training. Come get the personalized attention you’ve been craving!

 

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