~ Health Advice from PMGH – Are you getting enough protein in your diet? Part 4 of 4 ~

4 Benefits Getting More Protein In Your Diet –

1. Protein Satisfies You for Longer –
When it comes to feeling full, the clinical studies showed that getting more protein in your diet will keep you full for longer compared to meals high in carbohydrates. Protein is a hunger-busting powerhouse because it slows digestion and keeps your blood sugar steady.

2. Skin, Hair, and Muscle Repair –
Protein is an essential building block to cell growth and regeneration meaning that protein is required to keep your blood circulating, skin regenerating, muscles repairing and keeping your bones strong which in turn makes your muscles strong, skin glowing and hair strong.

3. Boosts Energy –
Protein is a macronutrient, which means the body takes its best energy stores (or nutrients to function) from protein. In the end, protein is essential for daily movement, memory, thought, and physical exertion.

4. Heart Health –
If you consume a high protein diet, fish will be a common staple that you’ll eat quite frequently throughout the week. Luckily, fish is not only low in fat; it’s jam-packed with omega-3 fatty acids (heart healthy fats) that will help lower your cholesterol, promote weight loss, and reduce your chances of developing heart disease, cancer, and arthritis.

Experts recommend getting dietary proteins from the following sources:
Fish: Fish offers heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and, in general, less fat than red meat.
Poultry: Chicken – remove the skin to eliminate most of the saturated fat.
Beans: Beans contain more protein than any other vegetable protein. Plus, they’re loaded with fibre that helps you feel full for hours.
Nuts: One ounce of almonds gives you 6 grams of protein, nearly as much protein as one ounce of broiled rib eye steak.
Whole grains: A slice of whole wheat bread gives you 3 grams of protein, plus valuable fibre.
Soy Products: Tofu
Dairy: Milk, Yogurt, and Cheese, Eggs

Tip – Eat a well-balanced diet, exercise regularly and if you have any health concerns, please see your doctor at your local Urban Health Clinic.

Remember: Consuming too much protein can lead to health problems. Some people go on high-protein diets for weight loss, but some high-protein diets restrict carbohydrates, which can cause nutrition deficiencies or insufficient fiber intake leading to constipation and other digestive problems. The CDC notes that eating more protein than you need can cause weight gain because it contributes to your overall calorie intake. A balanced diet that meets the protein requirements for adults is the best way to stay trim and healthy.