Frequently Asked Questions
Why is protein important in the body?
Proteins are the building blocks of the body. Protein is needed for several different purposes in the body.
Where protein can be found?
Protein is found in meats, eggs, dairy, grains, and beans. The easiest source of protein is probably meats and eggs.
What are the most important types of protein?
Protein sources that have all essential amino acids are the most important.
How much protein do I need?
Protein needs differ from person to person.
Why Protein Is Important?
We utilize protein in our diet for a number of different purposes in our body, so we just compiled a partial list to go over with our people so that they understand what it can do for them.
One of the things we use protein for is the production of certain neurotransmitters like dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine.
These are signaling mechanisms that our nervous system uses to communicate and help function in our body, so a very important thing for us to have.
Another one is immune support.
When our body is utilizing the immune system, and it does all the time, the production of antibodies and Immunoglobulins are all based on protein.
Any time you have a full-blown immune response to where you have to make millions and millions of immune cells, you're also utilizing a lot of protein in that production.
One of the reasons why we get so tired when we're having an immune response to something is that our immune system uses 70% of all our calories to do that.
So, definitely, protein-intense use here whenever we use the immune system to fight something off.
Peptide hormone production, so we have hormones in our body that are based on amino acids.
So, having those readily available through our diet helps us produce these certain hormones.
Reproductive demands, whether sperm production in men, there are other productions for females for reproductive needs that utilize protein during that process, so another area where it's used.
We also use protein in our body's pH and fluid balance, ensuring we don't have too much or too little fluid in our body.
Proteins are involved in that process.
Enzymes in our body generate enzymes to help speed up reactions in the body.
A good way for people to think about that is that when we eat food, we produce digestive enzymes to help us break it down, and many of those enzymes are protein-based enzymes to help that process.
Tissue repair is a pretty obvious one for people.
Say if somebody going to the gym that's exercising, lifting weights.
The growth and repair of that muscle is based on having readily available protein to help that tissue heal, and it goes beyond just muscle repair.
A lot of soft connective tissue uses collagen throughout our body.
That's based on protein and tissue repair.
We need protein in the diet to help accomplish that.
This list gives you a basic understanding of why getting adequate protein in your diet is important because there are so many things that we will use those amino acids for concerning our body.
I'm Dr. Aaron Seaton with The Chiropractic Place.
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