Who are protein shakes for?

What is protein?
Protein is a macro nutrient along with carbohydrates and fat. Our body gets protein from the food we eat and uses it to build and repair muscle tissues. Protein also helps with regulating our hormones and keeping our hair and nails healthy.

Plant based foods high in protein include tofu, beans, tempeh, nuts, seeds, seitan. For non vegans, proteins can be found in meat, fish, dairy and eggs.

Who should be using protein shakes?
If you regularly do exercise, it would be a great idea to supplement with protein shakes as they will help you recover from your workout.Protein shakes can also help supplement a plant based diet.

A lot of people believe that shakes are only for bodybuilders and that they will grow big muscles or worse become ‘bulky’, this simply isnt the case. Protein shakes are just an easy and quick way to get your protein hit and are suitable for everyone.

We would recommend shakes to anyone who is trying to lose weight,, gain weight (if total calories are increased), anyone short on time or anyone trying to improve their health and well-being.

Vegans are constantly asked where we get our protein from, there are in fact a variety of plant based proteins available but a good quality plant based protein can ensure you are on the right track everyday

Why plant based protein
Plant based protein is easily digested and is a good option for anyone who chooses not to eat animals or animal byproducts or those trying to reduce their animal product intake. Vegan protein is a great option for people with lactose intolerance.

Top benefits of protein shakes
1. Control your appetite
Protein can help control your appetite as it releases hormones that keep you feeling fuller for longer. This is great if you are trying to lose weight. I always start my day with a protein shake to keep me full at work until lunch and I try to include a source of protein in every meal to stop me feeling hungry.

2. Build and repair muscles
If you are trying to build muscle or boost your strength, protein will help your muscles to repair quicker. Our bodies do not store protein and it is needed for your muscles to grow. I always have a shake straight after my workout as it is quick and convenient and I can take it to the gym with me.

3. Improved bone strength
When we turn 30 we reach our maximum point of bone tissue and our bones stop regenerating. Unfortunately in the UK osteoporosis (loss of bone density) is very common. It has been proven that there is a link between protein and calcium in our body and it can help keep our bones strong.

4. Ensures low blood sugar
Protein requires less insulin to be metabolised compared to carbohydrates therefore it does not send your blood sugar levels through the roof. It means including protein in your diet can protect you from diabetes. In effect this also means having more protein in your diet can help reduce cravings as your blood sugar levels will be more balanced.

5. Improves your mood
Having protein in your diet is essential to help your hormones balance properly. When your hormones are all in tune it means you will feel happier, less anxious and more relaxed. Protein will also help you to sleep better.

6. Great for brain function
Protein is needed for your brain to function properly; it helps to build neurotransmitters to help with your memory and focus.

7. Strengthens the immune system
The immune system is made up are various immune cells that are involved in detecting, fighting and destroying foreign pathogens (such as bacterial and viral cells). Protein is required for the synthesis of these immune cells, and is needed in greater amounts when the body is fighting an infection. Ensuring adequate protein is particularly important in winter, when we are exposed to higher number pathogens.

8. Improves digestion
Protein is used by the body to synthesize enzymes, including the digestive enzymes that are required for breaking down and digesting the food we eat. A lack of digestive enzymes can lead to symptoms of bloating, reflux and abdominal pain and can affect nutrient absorption. Protein is needed to maintain overall gut health.

9. Healthy hair, skin and nails
Our hair, skin and nails are made up of protein. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, and is responsible for keeping our skin strong and elastic. If protein is deficient in the diet, the body will utilise protein for the most important functions, and will neglect less important structures such as the hair. Studies have shown that protein can modulate hair growth and strength, which is why it is often present in hair products.

10. Easy and convenient
Protein powder be used on the go, wherever you are.

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