Everyone knows that protein helps build muscle. Even Patrick Star probably knows that and he lives under a rock. If you don't get that reference, then you probably live under a rock too. Anyways, this little enzyme named protein has so much more to offer your body. Let's explore some of these benefits.
Induces Fat Burning
Your body cannot effectively burn and use fat as energy if it doesn’t have help from either carbohydrates or protein. As you are losing weight, your body loses both muscle and fat. During this process, it is especially important that you continue to eat enough protein in your diet. Having adequate protein coming in from your food aids with fat burning while preserving calorie-burning lean muscle. Pair that with some form of physical activity and you'll have your beach body ready for summer 2018. Plus, now would be a great time to get a head start on that.
Helps The Body Heal
Protein can help your body repair after it has been injured. This makes perfect sense, given that it forms the main building blocks of the body's tissues and organs. Numerous studies have shown that eating more protein after an injury can help speed recovery. However, there are limitations to what it can heal. If you're looking for Deadpool-like regenerative powers, protein can't do that. Sorry, Luke Skywalker and Jamie Lannister. Face it guys, your limbs are gone for good. Also spoilers, but if you haven't seen Star Wars and/or Game of Thrones then you're not living your life to the fullest.
Makes You Happy
Some amino acids from protein are required to balance hormones naturally, control your mood and act as a remedy for anxiety. Proteins help neurotransmitters function and synthesize hormones like dopamine and serotonin that calm us and keep our outlook positive. Individuals who are lacking in key amino acids start experiencing weakness, moodiness and increased anxiety or signs of depression for this reason. Since it helps stabilize glucose in your blood, it also prevents mood changes, irritability, and cravings that can occur due to fluctuating blood sugar levels. But remember, don't eat your feelings away, if you have a constant feeling of being down in the dumps, consult a medical professional.
Promote Healthy Brain Function
The brain requires a steady supply of amino acids in order to keep concentration, focus and energy levels up. Studies show that when amino acid deprivation takes place, learning and coordination suffers, but once all necessary amino acids are reintroduced into the diet, learning and motor skills improve. So protein is basically brain food, but it can only help you so much, it can't help you if there is nothing between your ears to start with.
Before you rush out to Costco to buy a giant tub of protein powder, remember that eating nutrient-rich foods is the best way to get your fix. Fun fact, our jars are made of whole unprocessed foods. Whether you are a meat connoisseur, vegetarian or vegan, our jars have at least 15g of protein.