Protein is often misunderstood. Ask a girl if she drinks protein after workouts and the usual answer is “I don’t want to get bulky”. She’s not entirely wrong, but you can bet her skinny bottom she’s misinformed. Sure, protein gives you mass but you need a lot of it and a lot of heavy lifting to get “bulky”. With the right amount of protein, you can get a beautifully toned, optimally performing body. Because honestly, who doesn’t want to be beautiful? Unless you’re one of those politically correct people, then you’re beautiful nonetheless.
Let’s drop some science: protein repairs and rebuilds the tissues of your body, including damaged muscle fibers from working out . Protein doesn’t only cater to your strength, it also caters to your beauty naturally. Why protein? Because amino acids. They give cells their structure, they transport and store nutrients, heal wounds and repair tissues, and remove waste deposits . Too science-y? Don’t worry. Here’s a list of how protein brings out the beauty in you:
1. Nourished Nails
Nails are made of calcium? Wrong. Nails are made of protein. If your body is lacking the necessary amount of protein, you can see it on your nails, marked by split, extremely thin nails and slow nail growth . So, ladies, what more can I say? Chug that protein to maintain those faaaabulous nails.
2. Lustrous Hair
A strand of hair is composed of mostly protein, 88% to be exact. Protein stimulates new hair growth, and keeps your hair glossy and thick . So if you want your hair to maintain its glory and keep growing to look your sexy best, make sure you consume the right amount of protein. I, for one, can only imagine how much protein Thor must be taking.
3. Smooth Skin
Imagine having smooth and supple skin like a filtered app. Well, imagine no more; your answer lies in protein. It plays an important role in creating collagen in your body. And collagen gives structure to your skin’s tissues. With enough protein, your collagen levels will be fortified, which in turn helps to delay the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on your skin as you age .
4. Mental Development
Protein doesn’t only help with your physical beauty, it also contributes to inner beauty. And there’s nothing more pretty than beautiful thoughts.
Your brain cells communicate with one another via neurotransmitters. And your brain produces hundreds of neurotransmitters needed for regular maintenance of the brain . What are neurotransmitters made of? Amino acids – the building blocks of protein. Have enough protein and you can trust your neurotransmitters to be in good working order.
5. Strengthened Immune System
Not only does protein help you battle the gym, it helps you with your body’s inner battles as well. Fight off the viruses that seek to enter your system with the antibodies you need. How? You guessed it, protein. Your antibodies are proteins that circulate in your blood, and is essential for a strong immune system .
Protein is great but remember that although protein is necessary for a “beautiful” life, there are other factors to take into account. In general, your body needs a healthy, balanced diet. Don’t load yourself up with too much protein or you’ll be consuming the fats and cholesterol with it. So consume the right amount of protein (usually 0.5 – 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight) and keep a regular exercise routine. Cheers! (clinks the protein shaker bottle)