National Protein Day: Does Your Body Need a Protein Powder Supplement?

Does Your Body Need a Protein Powder Supplement? (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Importance of Protein

The importance of protein cannot be overstated. Every part of you, from your toenails to your biceps, is constructed of the amino acids that combine to form proteins. Your body can make many of these amino acids, but there are nine of them that it cannot. These must be provided through the foods we eat.

Why Is Protein Important?│Dr. Josh Axe

Daily Protein Intake

The Dietary Reference Intake for protein is 0.36 grams of protein per pound, 0.8 grams per kg. That works out to 56 grams and 46 grams for the average man and woman respectively. People who are physically active, however, require more than that. The following variables affect how much protein a person needs:

  • Age
  • Body weight
  • Fitness goals
  • Type of workout
  • Dietary restrictions
The Body Best Absorbs Protein. (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Do You Really Need a Protein Shake Post Workout?

According to gym lore, you’ve got to get a protein shake into your system within a half-hour of finishing your workout. A recent study shows that more than half of all gym-goers take a protein shake after their gym visits.

Protein Will Help You Achieve Your Objective. (Image Source: Shutterstock)

The Convenience Factor

There is a major convenience advantage to having a protein shake. With the advent of the shaker bottle, it’s now even easier. You can simply pull out your shaker bottle, give it a few flicks of the wrist, and chug it down within minutes of completing your last set.

Summary

National Protein Day on February 27th highlights the need to prioritize protein in our diets. Whether your health and fitness goals revolve around losing weight, gaining muscle, or maintaining your current weight, protein will help you achieve your objective.

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