Protein

Haley Dudley

What is protein and what does it do for you?

Protein is a molecule made of long chains of amino acids. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. Our bodies also use proteins to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is important for building bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. It also helps lose weight,transport nutrients, and increase Immunity

How much do you need to get?

It all depends on your weight and calorie intake.Protein deficiency is when someone only consumes between 50 and 70 percent of the amount of protein that is recommended

  • 0 to 3 months: 12.5g
  • 4 to 6 months: 12.7g
  • 7 to 9 months: 13.7g
  • 10 to 12 months: 14.9g
  • 1 to 3 yrs: 14.5g
  • 4 to 6 yrs: 19.7g
  • 7 to 10 yrs: 28.3g
  • Women 11 to 14 yrs: 41.2g
  • Women 15 to 18 yrs: 45.4g
  • Women 19 to 49 yrs: 45.0g
  • Women 50 + yrs: 46.5g
  • Pregnant women: 51.0g
  • Breast feeding women: 53 to 56g
  • Men 11 to 14 yrs: 42.1g
  • Men 15 to 18 yrs: 55.2g
  • Men 19 to 49 yrs: 55.5g
  • Men 50 + yrs: 53.3g

What happens if you have to much protein in your diet?

If you are consuming to much protein you can strain your kidneys and your liver, in the liver all the extra protein is converted to glocose and used for energy or stored as fat. Some high protien foods are also full of nucleic acids which converts to uric acid and to much of this can lead to gout(inflamed joints and painfull movements).

To little?

Many foods high in protein is also high in iron. If you are not getting enough iron can result in tiredness and fatigue, leaving the body weak and with little energy. Protein in the body is lost daily, hence must be replenished daily through the diet. Too little protein can cause skin problems and generally give us an unhealthy and tired appearance. Protein is needed to repair and create new cells, tissues, hormones, enzymes and muscles and a lack of protein can prevent these processes from being carried out correctly.
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