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Ask HV Holistic..

"What is the importance of protein, and how much should I be aiming to eat?"

Jemma's reply:

"Protein is a vital element in your diet, but like all things in life, you can have too much of a good thing. It's important for you to understand the role that protein plays in your body, and its many important functions. Protein is fundamentally important for building muscle, recovery, repairing the body and helping to keep you feeling full. It also plays an important role in regulating hormones, enzymes and body chemicals, in addition to aiding a healthy immune system.

Consuming too much, however, can also have a negative effect on your body. Excess can be stored as fat and very excessive protein intake can also lead to constipation, bad breath and in very extreme cases, kidney stones, (calcium stone formation in the urinary tract).

You should aim to eat a portion of protein with every meal. This will help maximise the growth and repair your muscles, especially after weight training. However, if you want to get a little bit more technical, here's how: To lose fat and build muscle, I recommend consuming 1.8-2.2g of protein per kg of body weight.100g of uncooked chicken has approximately 23g of protein, so make sure your calculations are correct. In order to be successful long term, you need to begin intuitively eating the right quantities and macros.

It can be derived from animal sources such as red meat, poultry and fish, and plant- based sources such as tofu, quinoa, beans and lentils. Vary your sources to ensure you are getting enough different nutrients in your diet. Ideally you can get the correct quantity of protein from your diet, but you can supplement with shakes if you are struggling. Because it's in powder form, it is fast acing, and absorbed quicker into the muscles, making it ideal after a gym training session."

Send your health and fitness questions to HV on or through @hvholisic

Jemma Lilburn Health and Wellness Practitioner HV Holistic Health & Corrective Training Tel: 17775544


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