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Protein for 40+: The Importance Of Protein As We Age
Do you think about how much protein you're getting? The bottom line is that we need protein, like, need it. It’s called an ‘essential nutrient’ for a reason. We have minimum levels we need to survive and optimal levels we need to thrive.
It’s even more important as we age (44-year-old woman here) as we tend to lose muscle as time goes on. Consuming protein and moving our bodies in ways to create resistance will all help with this.
It also keeps us fuller for longer which means we don’t spend half the day consumed with thoughts of our next meal or snack because we’re pleasantly satisfied. A meal rich in protein can also lessen that ‘afternoon slump’.
Getting enough protein (and eating regularly) throughout the day also sets us up to experience less binge eating at night because we’ve given our bodies what it needs throughout the day.
In the nutrition world, how much and what types of protein one should consume is highly debated. Some say that high-quality animal meat is needed for optimal health, while others advocate for a plant-based diet. Experiment with what works for your body at this time in your life. This way you’ll be able to successfully guide yourself to your appropriate protein source.
Quick and easy ways to add more protein options include:
- Adding Clean Lean Protein to your smoothie recipe.
- Snacking on a Clean Lean Protein Bar.
- Add protein to your porridge!
- Adding extra protein into soups and its great in baking.
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The information provided in this article is intended for educational purposes only and is general advice. It should not, nor is it intended to be, relied on as a substitute for individual medical advice or care. If the contents of this, or any other of the blogs in this series raises any concerns or questions regarding your health, please consult a qualified healthcare practitioner.