A common misconception about protein is that it is only for workout-aholics and those trying to bulk up. But this is a really harmful misconception. Protein is a macromolecule that is present in every cell in our body. You heard that right: Every. Single. Cell. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you are getting enough, even if you aren’t trying to become a bodybuilder. Not only do our muscles need it for basic function, but it is also necessary to maintain healthy organs, nails, and hair.
While monitoring your diet to ensure you are getting sufficient protein is important, if you are not familiar with what macros are in food you might already be deficient.
Some signs that you’re probably not getting enough protein include but are NOT limited to:
- Lack of energy
- Inability to focus
- Slow muscle recovery
- Achy joints
- Brittle or fragile hair and/or nails
- Fluid retention
All of these symptoms can occur at different levels of protein deficiency. For example, if you’re noticing low energy levels and an inability to focus, that may simply be due to a low-protein breakfast. Achy joints and fluid retention are often due to several days without enough protein for your activity levels. Brittle hair and nails is a simptom of extended protein deficiency and should be brought to the attention of your physician.
Luckily, there are a multitude of easy, plant-based ways to add more clean protein to your diet, such as:
- Keep your favorite Orgain bars handy at your desk for a mid-morning snack.
- Lighter snacks and meals like hummus or bean salad won’t make you feel over-full or loaded down.
- If you’re rushing out the door, grab a protein shake to-go.
- By packing your lunch, you can be sure you are getting everything your body needs. Same goes for breakfast and dinner! Make time for your wellbeing.
- Add Orgain Protein Powders and Collagen Peptides to your smoothies, breakfast,coffee or even just shaken with water!
So… how much protein is enough protein? Most nutritions recommend eating .36 grams of protein per pound in your body. With some quick calculator math you can deduce what you need, and start thinking of creative ways to add it into your meals. Check out our recipes for delicious and healthy ways to be sure you’re on track!