Why is Protein Important?
Protein is important to help your body build, repair and maintain body tissues. Your body needs protein to stay healthy and work the way it should. It is found throughout your body from your organs to your muscles and tissues to your bones, skin, and hair.
Protein is also a critical part of the processes that fuel your energy and carry oxygen throughout your body in your blood. It also helps make antibodies that fight off infections and illnesses and helps keep cells healthy and create new ones.
Your body needs protein. About half the dietary protein that you consume each day goes into making enzymes, which aids in digesting food, and making new cells and body chemicals. Protein plays an important role in hormone regulation, especially during the transformation and development of cells during puberty. Eating high-protein foods can help you stay in shape. Benefits include building lean muscle, maintaining a healthy weight, and curbing hunger.
The amount of protein that you should be consuming, is dependent on your gender, activity levels, age, and weight. Please ask one of our exercise professionals in person or through email how much protein you should be eating each day. We would be glad to help.