15
Feb

more protein

Yah, it’s time. I need more protein. My hair is thinning. I’ve been using some special shampoo Mikelle got for me to stimulate regrowth, but I’m ready to go in another direction as well. I’m not giving up on the shampoo, I just need a bigger boost of help!

I bought whey protein the other day and this morning made a protein shake. Plain yogurt, a scoop of protein powder, a ton of frozen raspberries and some flax seeds. This for my mid-morning snack.

Delish!

Red meat and pork are things I usually avoid and only like to eat fish or chicken. Even though I consume a lot of yogurt and milk, I know it’s time to bump up my protein for several reason besides my hair needs. I’m worried about muscle mass, energy and bone strength. And since I had a little extra time today, [President’s Day] I read all about protein supplements. Here’s some of what I found out re-leaned.

Weight

Makers of protein shakes and other supplements often advertise their products as a way to support weight loss. But be careful. They can have the opposite effect. Protein contains calories, so if you take too much via supplements you will gain weight. If used correctly, protein supplements can help you feel full and satisfied for a longer period of time. You will eat less overall, which will help you to lose weight.

Nutrition

The human body needs protein to properly function. The average adult in good health needs between 45 and 55 grams of protein per day. Most Some people get all the protein they need from their regular diet. However, protein supplements can be used if needed to ensure that you are getting enough of this important nutrient. Many protein supplements are fortified with vitamins and minerals, which can also be helpful if you’re not getting them as part of your diet.

Building Muscle

Protein supplements can help to build muscle, although their effect is minimal. Of course, exercise is the best way to build up muscle mass. If you eat protein right after a workout session, it may support your muscle building efforts. Older adults should make sure they get enough protein through diet or supplements, along with adequate exercise, to help maintain their muscle mass. Otherwise, it can be lost easily as they age.

Replacing Meals

The best way to get protein and other nutrients is through eating proper and healthy meals and snacks throughout the day. But if you think you’re too busy to eat, it is better to drink a protein shake than to skip a meal. The protein in the shake and the added nutrients will replace what you missed by not eating regular food.

I’m going to focus on getting those 55 grams of protein every single day for a couple of weeks and document any differences. This, after all, is the only way any of us can responsibly figure out our own path of health and nutrition, by educating ourselves and by testing it on ourselves. We’re our own best guinea pig.