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Posted on 08-25-2016

Image result for proteinProtein is a vital nutrient for so many things in our body!  Most commonly, people associate protein as being used for building, feeding and maintaining muscle tissue, but it is also a vital building block for building bones, skin, cartilage and blood.  Protein is also a building block for many enzymes, and hormones, as well as a symbiotic part of how we process certain vitamins and minerals.  However, the average diet falls drastically short on eating the amounts of protein that are essential to maintain a healthy and optimally functioning body system. 

Recommendations for how much protein you need in a day mainly over around 0.8-1 gram of protein per kilogram of weight, so roughly 0.5 grams per pound of weight.  Yet in talking with many patients over time, so many of them don't even come close to getting to that number, and that includes men, women and children. 

For those that are more active, this will increase depending on activity, and your health goals.  If you are looking to add muscle mass, increasing up to 1 gram per pound of body weight may be needed.  If you are looking to stay lean, and help maintain and support lean muscle mass, 0.7-0.8 grams per pound of body weight may be sought. 

Women who are pregnant and/or nursing also need increased protein, 10-20 grams more than the average bear, to help support milk production!  Kids need protein to help with proper growth and development. 

Protein can come from a vast variety of foods, from meats, to nuts and seeds, and more!  Below is a link to a page listing 50 healthy snacks that are high in protein.  Not all recipes are for everyone, but there will surely be a few on there that you will enjoy, and maybe a few that you would love to try.  Comment below with your favorite protein snack!

Click here to see the recipes!

Yours In Health,

Dr. Phil Afghani

Spources:

photo credit - wwwfivescience.com

https://draxe.com/high-protein-snacks/

https://www.choosemyplate.gov/protein-foods-nutrients-health

https://authoritynutrition.com/how-much-protein-per-day/

http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthy-kitchen-11/how-much-protein

www.HealthyPortOrange.com

Dr. Phil Afghani and Dr. Ashley Hughes are Chiropractors at our Port Orange Chiropractic office Atlantic Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Port Orange, FL.  Our Port Orange office serves the chiropractic, prenatal care, massage therapy, nutrition, and natural healthcare needs of the communities of Port Orange, South Daytona, Daytona Beach, Holly Hill, Ormond Beach, Ponce Inlet, New Smyrna, Oak Hill, Edgewater, Bunnell, and Palm Coast.

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