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How Protein-Rich Foods Support Your Health and Wellness

How Protein-Rich Foods Support Your Health and Wellness

You’ve probably heard that protein is good for building muscle, but is it worth prioritizing if you aren’t looking to pack on lean mass?

Protein-rich foods such as fish, eggs, meat, and dairy do more than simply help you build muscle. They also help you maintain vital bodily functions. In addition, protein helps you stay satiated after meals, preventing cravings. 

Below, we asked Dr. Pompeyo Chavez, our expert at Soulage Wellness & Aesthetic Center in Bastrop, Texas, to explain why protein should be prioritized at each meal to support optimal functioning.

Prevents weight gain

Protein is mostly used for building tissues, namely muscles. Because it doesn’t elicit as high of an insulin response as simple carbohydrates, for example, you’re less likely to gain weight if a larger proportion of your diet is from protein. 

In addition, overeating protein is difficult, as high-protein foods are very satiating, especially when compared to hyper-palatable foods that are high in simple carbs and fat. 

Maintains the health of your hair and skin

Protein strengthens both hair and skin by boosting the production of collagen. Collagen itself is a protein. In fact, the first signs of protein deficiency are hair loss and a dull complexion. 

Prevents brittle bones and bone fractures

As you age, your bones lose their density. However, experts suggest that aging isn’t the only cause of fractures in the elderly. Most studies suggest that one of the reasons behind poor bone density in seniors is a diet deficient in protein

Protein is also needed when building bone after a bone fracture.

Keeps your immune system running smoothly

A low-protein diet can increase your risk of infections, as the antibodies that fight off invaders are actually proteins. Even a small protein deficiency can make you more vulnerable to bacteria and viruses. 

Learn more about protein requirements 

Daily requirements for protein vary with age, gender, and activity level. Children and adults who work out regularly need more protein. 

You can calculate your requirements using an online tool. Most people benefit from 0.8 grams of protein per body weight. However, if you’re looking to build muscle, you can increase your protein intake.

Dr. Chavez offers help you plan so you can easily achieve your daily protein goals. If you’re looking to get leaner and lose weight, all while having tons of energy, contact us to schedule an appointment. Dr. Chavez uses the Ideal Protein weight loss protocol to help you achieve your weight loss goals. 

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