Protein – the building blocks

Protein is an essential macronutrient that comes from our diet. The body breaks down protein into amino acids which are the building blocks for our bodies. They are essential for most functions in the body.

Why do we need protein?

  • To rebuild and repair tissue and muscle, joints, bones and skin
  • To support muscle recovery after exercise
  • To balance blood sugar and help reduce carbohydrate cravings
  • To maintain balanced energy levels and reduce fatigue
  • To support healthy concentration, memory and sleep
  • To support normal hormone function

Foods containing protein:

  • Whey protein (whey protein isolate)
  • Eggs
  • Legumes, lentils, beans, dhal
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Nut butters
  • Rice protein
  • Pea protein
  • Lean meat and chicken
  • Tuna and prawns

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