When your body tells you something, it's best to listen. These are not calls you can send to voicemail. Your muscles & bones, your heart & brain… they can't really "speak" to you. At least, not in the way a trusted friend would. But when you're coming up low on precious nutrients, or the fuel to keep you strong, your body parts have ways of letting you know. And it's time for you to recognize these messages, and pay close attention. The older you get, the more protein you need for fuel and recovery. But sometimes it's hard to know if you're really getting enough. You eat lean meats. You work in some eggs. Nuts. Fish. Maybe even quinoa, if you're feeling adventurous. But how do you know if it's the right amount? The warning signs of low protein are there, if you know how to read them. And I'm here to help you translate...
SIGN #1: You're tired or weak or sore
By now you know the importance of protein to build (and maintain) muscle mass. But it also plays a key role in sustaining energy, and keeping your motivation for exercise and movement up. A diet too low in protein means your body actually cannibalizes tissue for fuel. Not only does your endurance suffer, but your recovery does too. That's why I finish active days with a protein shake or amino acids. Not only does it whisk that "hangry" feeling away, but it also helps reduce the chance of injury, and speed recovery.
SIGN #2: You're crabby
Everybody finds themselves "in a mood" from time to time. But if you're snapping at people, or feeling anxious… or generally irritated by the traffic, or the responsibilities or the annoyances around you, you might need a protein pick me up. Protein helps the body create hormones like serotonin, to keep you calm and less anxious. And protein keeps your mood steady by stabilizing insulin too.
SIGN #3: You're snacking all the time
If you can't make it past 9 or 10 a.m. without thinking about lunch, or you're reaching for something to take the edge off every few hours, it's time to examine how you start your day.
If we don't give our bodies a healthy supply of protein, we feel the spikes and crashes of unstable blood sugar. You need something to fill you up and satisfy you. Otherwise, you may be craving carb-heavy foods for a quick boost that soon plummets. Z-Aminos is so versatile, you can mix it with your favorite nut milk or fruit, or even sprinkle it over oatmeal or plain yogurt, for an added punch of protein that will carry you through your morning. Taking it with just water is the optimal way for maximal absorption. It's only 2 calories per serving!
SIGN #4: Your hair is thinning
We don't often connect our diet with our appearance, but maybe it's time to think about what we put in our mouths as much as what we put on our heads. Protein is a main component of each strand of hair. If you're noticing a change – your hair is thinner, you can see your scalp, hair is falling out – your protein tank may be nearing empty. If you're not getting enough, your body starts pulling it away from "non-essential" body parts, like hair. (It's only "non-essential" if you're not the one with thin hair.) Not only do you get the equivalent of 30 grams of whey protein per serving in Z-Aminos, but you're also getting the added bonus of absorbable collagen – a natural boost to your hair, your skin, your nails and more.
SIGN #5: Brain fog
Without a good source of protein throughout the day, your body has a hard time managing the rapid ups & downs in your blood sugar. Which means you can go from focused to fuzzy at the drop of a hat. Eating protein with fiber-rich carbs like fruit helps release carbs more slowly, delivering steady energy to keep you focused. It's why a smoothie is ideal brain fuel.
SIGN #6: Ugh… you're bloated
One of the little known benefits of protein is it helps reduce fluid retention, especially in your feet & ankles. Protein helps salt and water from seeping into surrounding tissue, causing swelling. But sometimes that "bloat" is in your gut, and it may not mean low protein, just the wrong kind. If the protein you're consuming isn't easy to digest, like the eight essential amino acids in Z-Aminos, it can sit in your gut like a rock. Many people find that whey protein fills them up, but also bloats them out. Our protein won't. Because Z-Aminos was designed with this in mind, so it's especially easy to digest, even for those over 50. Ok, now that you know what to look for, grab a container of Z-Aminos tablets or powder. You will notice a difference for the better!
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