Importance of Protein Calls for Doubling the Amount for Older Grownups
What we experience inevitably as we age are the biological changes in our bone density, muscle tone, skin elasticity and many more. It our Biologically driven body that goes through the aging process.
It is what life brings to us. However, there’s nothing to be sad about. What we could do to invigorate our lives is HOW we treat each change and WHAT we do to experience our daily living with even more energy.
One of the changes we experience as we age is a gradual muscle loss in our bodies, otherwise known as “sarcopenia”. The changes in the body due to this fact could be experienced in many different ways. Some of the relatives in my family were going through some “inexplicable” changes like water retention in their legs, which gave them huge pain to move around.
For quite some time, we could not figure out what was going on. Obviously, it would be easy to put them on medication, but as we know that alone could produce side-effects like never before.
What we’ve been doing is experimenting with foods in their diet and reading, reading, searching, learning from different studies and findings in the medical community and journals.
One of the “discoveries” for us was that as we age we gotta DOUBLE intake of PROTEIN to keep our bodies in ship-shape and functioning. That alone changed lives of my two relatives! Who knows, may be this would help someone from our readership as well.
Here’s what a lead researcher at the University’s Center for Translational Research in Aging & Longevity IL-Young Kim says about the role of the protein in our life as we age:
“As we age, we naturally lose muscle mass and strength due to a trifecta of reduced muscle response to protein intake, changing hormones and for some, less physical activity. […] his gradual loss of muscle mass has been credited with a litany of health problems, including:
• insulin resistance
• low bone mineral content and density
• falls and fractures, and
• even death
Selecting and including in your DAILY meal choices foods that are higher in protein – is the way to go!
Look below what could be done and what foods you could investigate for yourself to incorporate into your daily meal planning.