I'm ALWAYS harping on about protein because it is really important for energy management, producing all the hormones in your body, recovery and much more.
Most people I see in my clinic are not eating enough protein. Supplementing your protein intake with high quality protein shakes are an effective way to ensure you’re getting enough protein, whether you’re a gym bunny or not!
What are the benefits of increasing your protein intake? Here are my top 5:
1) You have higher energy levels.
You need to be eating protein at every meal and snack to keep your blood sugar levels on a nice even keel and therefore provide you with sustainable energy every day.
2) Reduced food cravings.
Protein keeps us full and takes 4 hours to breakdown in the gut. If you are not eating protein at every meal and snack it can lead to cravings. Most people are eating too many carbohydrates which is causing blood sugar spikes and dips.
3) Your muscles are properly fueled and you have effective workout recovery.
Everyone knows that protein is needed to build new muscle mass. A low protein diet can result in muscle wasting. Ladies, protein does NOT make you bulky! It’s an essential part of your diet!
4) Thick hair and strong nails.
If you want super strong and healthy nails it's all about the protein! It's literally food for these.
5) Reduces anxiety and keeps you in a good mood.
Amino acids are the building blocks for neurotransmitters which control your mood. Proteins help the brain produce hormones like dopamine and serotonin that help bring on positive feelings like calm, excitement and positivity.
Where can I get quality protein from?
Lots of places! To supplement natural sources like chicken, fish, lean meats, eggs, quinoa, chickpeas, lentils you can use a high quality protein powder such as the Free Soul Protein Blends.