Try This Tasty Trick to Keep Yourself Feeling Young
Want to keep your body running young? Then forget the rabbit food diet. What you need is plenty of protein.
That’s not to say you don’t need your fruits and veggies, too. But two recent studies show that getting more lean protein appears to give you a boost in two important areas. Areas we usually link to getting older.
First, consider trading your morning granola for an egg.
A team at the University of Missouri gave volunteers one of three breakfasts for four days. A control group just drank water.
The breakfasts – except the water, of course – all had about the same quantities of fat, fiber, and calories. What differed was the amount of protein. The high-carb breakfast had only 3 grams of protein. Two high-protein breakfasts had either 30 or 39 grams of protein.
Each day, the doctors then measured their volunteers’ blood levels of glucose (sugar) and insulin – a hormone that moves sugar out of your bloodstream.
The high-carb volunteers showed very high “spikes” of both blood sugar and insulin. These spikes can eventually lead to a loss of blood sugar control.
The volunteers eating the high-protein breakfasts, though, had much lower levels of both blood sugar and insulin. Women eating 39 grams of protein had even lower levels than the 30-gram group.1
High blood sugar is a key sign of aging. It can lead to serious health problems – including heart trouble. So forget the cereal and toast. A breakfast based around lean protein is a healthier way to go.
And as long as you’re making the change, you may want to boost your lean protein intake at other meals, too.
A new study from the Boston University (BU) Medical Center suggests getting plenty of protein promotes healthy blood pressure, too.
The BU researchers reviewed 11 years’ of data from a large study. They discovered the adults eating the most protein – about 100 grams per day – had a 40% lower risk of high blood pressure over time.
Those who also got plenty of fiber cut their risk by another 19%.2
I’m not saying you should aim for 100 grams of protein every day. But making lean protein the centerpiece of most meals appears to be a great way to keep your body “running young.”
And getting plenty of good quality protein isn’t hard. A 3-ounce serving of lean meat, poultry, or fish delivers about 20 – 28 grams of protein. A cup of plain yogurt has about 11 grams. And most nuts and seeds run from 4 to 7 grams per ounce.
Even green veggies can add to your daily protein count. Cooked spinach, asparagus, broccoli, kale, and chard all have about 2 – 4 grams of protein per cup.
Don’t worry… a cup of spinach won’t seem like much if you cut out the less healthy high-carb foods. And it’ll count towards the extra fiber that keeps your risk even lower.
Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
1 “Consuming High-Protein Breakfasts Helps Women Maintain Glucose Control, MU Study Finds,” University of Missouri. Apr 29, 2014.
2 “Study finds high protein diets lead to lower blood pressure,” Boston University Medical Center. Sep 11, 2014.
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