Proteins have many important functions in the body. They provide energy to and regulate fluid balance in the body and are the building blocks for skin, hair, blood, muscles and internal organs. Although proteins are vital to health and well-being, eating too much of them can have adverse health effects. The body cannot store the protein it doesn’t immediately need, so the liver converts excess protein into glucose and toxins, which can cause weight gain and jeopardize health. This month, try varying your protein sources to include more plant-based proteins, which are easy to break down and digest.
Beans and grains like amaranth, buckwheat, millet and quinoa contain a lot of the protein the body needs. Sprouts are another kind of high-energy, health-enhancing food that helps regenerate and strengthen the body. Sprouts are seeds of legumes or grains that have been germinated. When seeds are sprouted, their nutritional power increases, providing the body with a high concentration of anti-oxidants as well as minerals, protein, enzymes and fiber. Sprouts are inexpensive to grow, so try growing them yourself and add them to soups, salads, sandwiches and main dishes.
Posted on Sun, August 9, 2015
by Aubrey Williams