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“Active Adults’ are you getting your 9 essential amino acids (protein)

May 27, 2017

“Active Adults’ are you getting your 9 essential amino acids (protein)

There’s plenty of debate these days over protein and how much people need of it to stay healthy. On the one hand, high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets like “Paleo” are wildly popular because many people are losing unwanted weight and feeling better by sticking to them. On the other hand, protein sometimes gets a bad rap for being tough on the kidneys, which is why some people say it should be avoided in high quantities. Making heads or tails of all the conflicting information out there about protein can be overwhelming. Let’s take a look at why your body needs it and some of the best sources of protein available.

A good rule of thumb is to remember that protein is an essential nutrient that every cell inside your body needs in order to function properly. Without protein, you wouldn’t have any muscle mass, for one. Your neurological system would also collapse, as it relies on protein to facilitate the transfer of information between your spinal cord, brain, and the various other organ and cellular systems that make up your body.

Protein also facilitates the proper function of your digestive tract, which is where your body gets the nutrients it needs to live. It’s also used by your endocrine system, which is responsible for the production of vital hormones that regulate your immune, reproductive, and central nervous systems.
Are You Getting Enough Protein in Your Diet?

Since protein is absolutely essential for practically every process that takes place inside your body, it’s obviously something that you should embrace rather than avoid. While it’s certainly possible to consume too much protein, many people don’t get nearly enough protein to keep their bodies functioning in an optimal state. This is especially true for active folks who exert lots of energy and work their muscles on a regular basis, as well as people who suffer from blood sugar issues. Worse is the fact that the government’s recommended daily allowance of protein for adults falls woefully short of what vibrant, active individuals need to thrive at their best.

Recognizing that protein is critical for human survival and that you may not getting enough of it, it’s important to also remember that quality protein is what will confer the most health benefits. But what exactly is a quality protein, and what are the best sources of protein?

The best sources of protein are those that contains all (or most) of the essential amino acids that your body needs to sustain its growth, repair, and composition. This means not only in your muscles, but also in your bones, organs, cells, and even gut flora.
What are the Essential Amino Acids

“Essential” amino acids are diet-based amino acids that the body is unable to produce on its own from other nutrients.

The nine amino acids that are generally recognized as essential, and which are part of the 22 essential and non-essential amino acids in total that science has thus far identified, include histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine.1 Arginine is sometimes considered to be essential as well because, even though the body is capable of producing it, some people’s bodies don’t produce enough of it. Tyrosine is another amino acid that becomes essential when the body is deficient in phenylalanine.2

There’s also selenocysteine and pyrrolysine, two rare amino acids that science didn’t even know existed until fairly recently.3 Selenocysteine is a selenium-based signaling amino acid that tells the other amino acids when to stop growing, thus allowing them to turn into protein and nourish the body,4 while pyrrolysine functions similarly to lysine as a building block to create proteins.
What are the best sources of protein

Now, this gets a little confessing to those of us who eat very little animal meat protein. Most of your health professionals say you must eat animal protein to get all or most of the 22 essential amino acids.
Grass-Fed Meat, Pastured Eggs, and Wild-Caught Fish

When it comes to obtaining the full spectrum of essential amino acids almost nothing beats protein derived from animals raised in their native habitats. Meat from livestock and poultry that forage on pesticide-free grass and bugs; eggs from chickens that roam chemical-free pastures; and fish caught in the wild are all excellent sources of “complete” protein. These protein sources contain many or all of the essential amino acids, as well as non-essential amino acids and other important vitamins and minerals.
Both of the rare amino acids mentioned above − selenocysteine and pyrrolysine − are either present or able to be synthesized from the amino acids found in grass-fed, wild, and pastured meat and eggs.

Those of you who eat animal meat you must follow this suggestion to make sure you are eating healthy non-chemical meats.

The reason I emphasize grass-fed, wild, and pastured with regards to meat and eggs is that animals raised in these environments are healthier in general. Cows, for instance, are ruminant creatures that were designed to eat grass, not corn and soybeans as is commonly fed to them. The same goes for chickens that feed on bugs and other things they find in grass as opposed to grains, which are oftentimes genetically-modified and sprayed with toxic chemicals. When animals eat what they were created to eat, and live in open-air environments, they produce meat and eggs that are richer in the vital nutrients that your body needs.

Emily and I eat very little animal meat protein maybe once or twice per month very lean meat. We do eat pastured free eggs with our salads or we might have a couple hard boiled eggs for a snack, this way we will be getting those two rare amino acids.

The Vegetarian/Vegan Option: “Superfood” Seeds

If you’re not a meat-eater or want to avoid animal products altogether, vegetarian/vegan options that are considered complete proteins include seeds and nuts. Some seeds and nuts are better than others, of course, and my recommendation would be to seek out “superfood” varieties that stand out as having a diverse spread of amino acids. Two solid contenders in the seed category are chia (Salvia hispanica) and hemp (Cannabis sativa), both of which contain all of the essential amino acids.

Besides containing a treasure trove of dietary fiber, trace minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids, chia seeds are made up of 20 percent complete protein, making them an excellent alternative to meat. Chia seeds are so nutritious, in fact, that ancient Aztec warriors are said to have relied on them for strength during battle, only having to eat a single spoonful for 24 hours of nutritive support.7 Hemp seeds are similarly nutritious; the shelled varieties of which contain 11 grams of complete protein per 30-gram serving.
Emily and I do chia seeds at least 3 to 4 times per day either in of greed drinks or when we have kefir.
Protein powder supplements.

Bone broth is often referred to as “nature’s multivitamin” because it’s one of the most nutritious superfoods on the planet. Making bone broth yourself is relatively easy in that it’s basically boiling bones in a large pot of water and adding some vegetables and spices for seasoning. However in today’s time-crunched society, finding the time required to watch over the pot can be its own challenge.

The good news is that bone broth is now sold both in cartons and as a powdered protein supplement which is especially convenient for busy and active folks who want the benefits of bone broth without the hassle of making it. Bone broth protein powder, if it’s prepared correctly, contains all of the same nutrients that liquid bone broth does. This includes glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), glucosamine, hyaluronic acid, and chondroitin sulfate, all of which have been scientifically shown to help support collagen and elastin production, joint and ligament strength, cell rejuvenation, and skin health.10

Beyond its protein content and the presence of these aforementioned nutrients, bone broth is rich in a number of other synergistic healing compounds that show incredible promise in other areas of health. A few examples include its reported ability to help heal the gut and boost the immune system. Some people have even been able to overcome food intolerances and allergies from including bone broth as part of their diet, which is why this powerful superfood is gaining so much attention these days.

One of the reasons why bone broth is superior to many other forms of protein is that it’s remarkably easy to digest. The gelatin it contains “gets along” really well with intestinal flora. This facilitates the assimilation of all of its many nutrient co-factors, all of which play a special role in health maintenance and disease prevention.

Bottom line- it’s all about the type of water you are drinking, water is the transport system to get all the minerals and nutrients to your trillion plus cells, even if you are eating a whole food diet, raw and contaminate free if the water you are drinking is not structured right most of the nutrients will never get into your trillion cells, you need to look into hydrogen rich water as your source of drinking water, science backs it up as being a major benefit to the human body. If you are drinking bottle water, tap water, city water, some type of filtered water and it is not going through an electrolysis device (Enagic) then the structure of water will never get your nutrients into your cells check out this short video you will see how toxic your drinking water is , also look at the picture on how important the structure of the water is, msg us we will point you in the right Direction.

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Bill & Emily Mabry 6A
Wellness Coach/Strength and conditioning Coach/CMHS
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