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Good Protein Sources During Your Program

Protein is such an important part of our diet as it is used in many metabolic processes in our body.

When completing the Ultimate Herbal Detox or Slim program it can be a little tricky making sure you are getting enough. With that in mind, I thought I would share a few ideas for protein.

 

What is protein used for?

Protein is a source of energy but its main role in the body is growth and repair. It helps in the formation of muscles, hair, nails, skin and organs, such as the heart, kidneys and liver. We all contain a significant amount of protein. For example, a 76kg man is made up of 12kg of protein (16%). (1)

Muscle Growth 
A continuous turnover of protein (synthesis and breakdown) maintains the functional integrity and quality of skeletal muscle. Hormones are important regulators of this remodeling process. Anabolic hormones stimulate human muscle growth mainly by increasing protein synthesis (growth hormone, insulin-like growth factors, and testosterone) or by decreasing protein breakdown (insulin). (2)

Peptide Hormones
There are literally dozens of hormones made from peptides, which are the building blocks of protein. Far too many to list here, but they include sex hormones, insulin, growth hormones, thyroid, adrenal and pituitary hormones to mention just a few. (3)  

Hormones in the gut
There are more than 30 peptide hormones currently identified as being expressed within the digestive tract, making the gut the largest endocrine organ in the body. The regulatory peptides synthesized by the gut include hormones, peptide neurotransmitters and growth factors. Indeed, several hormones and neurotransmitters first identified in the central nervous system and other endocrine organs have subsequently been found in endocrine cells and/or neurons of the gut. (3) 

 

How much do we need?

According to the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation, we need the following amounts of protein. (4)

Protein needs  

Protein sources during your DETOX program

During your Detox program the protein sources vary depending on which program you are following. The 14 day program does not allow for any meat or eggs, so is more restricted. Let's start there and add in more protein sources as we go. A great source of protein information in the US Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database


14 Day Detox Plan (Deep Cleanse)

  • Vegetables - Most green leafy and root vegetables contain about 10-15% protein, so you will get most of what you need there if you eat a good volume of vegetables.
  • Yogurt contains about 5% protein, so a cup of yogurt should provide about 7gm protein
  • Milk also  contains about 5% protein, so a cup of milk should provide about 7gm protein
  • Protein power - Either Whey, pea or rice protein powders can be used. Whey Protein Isolates are the purest protein source available. Whey protein isolates contain protein concentrations of 90% or higher. (5) 
     

30 Day Detox Plan (Gentle Cleanse)

You can use all the protein sources above plus these:

  • Eggs - Each egg contains up to 6gm protein
  • Fish - Fish is about 10% protein so a 150gm fillet will give you 15gm protein
  • Hummus - Also about 10% protein. Use about 2 tablespoon 

 

Ultimate Herbal SLIM

During the Ultimate Herbal SLIM you can include all the protein sources above plus these:  

  • Soy products - There have been many reported benefits related to soy proteins relating to health and performance (including reducing plasma lipid profiles, increasing LDL-cholesterol oxidation and reducing blood pressure). (5) 
  • Nuts - Mixed nuts contain about 20% protein. I would only recommend a small handful of nuts every other day as they can be difficult to digest. 
  • Chicken - contains about 30% protein. Although I do recommend a 90% vegetarian diet, a little fish, chicken and eggs are good for that extra protein, especially if you're looking to build lean muscle.
  • Lentils and Dahl- These are about 25% protein. Soak and cook slowly and make lentil or dahl soup. 


BodiTune Programs (Sachets or Capsules)

You can eat any of the protein sources above during the BodiTune programs. 


I hope you have found this page helpful.

Many blessings,

Brett Elliott ®

 

 


References:

(1) New Zealand Nutrition Foundation. https://www.nutritionfoundation.org.nz/nutrition-facts/Nutrients/protein

(2) Hormonal regulation of human muscle protein metabolism. PUBMED https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9240936

(3) The Medical Biochemistry Page. https://themedicalbiochemistrypage.org/peptide-hormones.php

(4) New Zealand Nutrition Foundation. https://www.nutritionfoundation.org.nz/nutrition-facts/Nutrients/protein

(5) Protein – Which is Best? PUBMED https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3905294/

 

 

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