Understanding the role of protein macronutrients

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Taking control of one’s overall health is something that we should all make a top priority, and yet it is something that many of us struggle with more than we would like to think we do. A lot of the time, people tend to take their health for granted, and over time this can evolve to become a decidedly toxic, even dangerous, habit. The simple fact is that our health is the ultimate gift, the greatest luxury we have, and we should be doing everything in our power to ensure that we are giving ourselves the best chance to live the healthiest life possible. More and more, people are realising this, thanks to a steadily rising influx of research and studies surrounding all things health. The sheer importance of overall health continues to prove its value more and more all the time. Of course, this is naturally a learning process, and people tend to become more and more aligned with their healthy habits the longer that they are consistent with them. How we treat our bodies says a lot about our approach to our own wellbeing and quality of life. A massive part of that, is being aware and accountable for what we eat throughout the day.

Macronutrients (also known as macros) form the basis of dietary health. One of two types of nutrients the human body needs, macronutrients play a distinct and important role in the health and wellbeing of the body on a physical level. Macronutrients are essentially the three main food groups (i.e. the sources) of calories that the body needs to not only basically survive, but positively thrive. While calories do indeed determine weight distribution, macronutrients play an even larger role in body composition and weight distribution. That role revolves around preserving muscle mass during weight loss, as well as minimising fat gain when working hard to build muscle. The body cannot make nutrients on its own, which is why it is so fundamentally important that macronutrients play a distinctive role in one’s dietary intake. An individual must eat to get the nutrients necessary to assist the body in strengthening, preserving, and maintaining a positive quality of life and sense of wellbeing. That is where protein macronutrients come in.

Essentially, protein contains four calories per gram, working its magic by essentially serving as the framework for repair and maintenance of the body. Protein macronutrients work by breaking down and rebuilding the cells – a process known as protein synthesis. This process is crucial for the healthy growth and maintenance of the body on an ongoing basis. As protein is ingested through food, it is then broken down into amino acids. Protein plays a very important role of building, repairing, and reimagining the cells and tissues of the human body. Interestingly, protein is the only macronutrient that houses nitrogen – a compound that is single-handedly responsible for our growth and reproductive capabilities. Considering this fact, the role of protein macronutrients is one that, quite frankly, is absolutely necessary to one’s overall physical health and quality of life. Getting the right amount of protein into one’s diet is an important healthy habit that should not, at any time, be overlooked.

Necessary for growth and body and health maintenance, protein forms the fundamental building blocks of cells. This includes bones, hair, and muscles. Additionally, protein is necessary for hormone development, antibodies, and enzymes. As more research and consequential studies continue to come out of the woodwork, surrounding the depths of protein macronutrients and their crucial role as fundamental building blocks for physical health, the awareness of just how important macronutrients are is steadily becoming more and more piquant. An individual’s protein intake can literally make all the difference in the world between an individual who is at their healthiest, and an individual who is scraping the barrel and not coming out quite on top. The attention to detail that one invests on their dietary intake can, and often does, prove to have an incredible impact on the quality of life. And at the end of the day, all any of us wants is to live our best lives, right? 

It goes without saying that overall health is the single greatest gift we possess. Unfortunately, the reality is that sometimes people simply take advantage of their positive health, either not realising or not genuinely respecting the important role that positive overall health plays in their wellbeing and quality of life. Of course, in recent years the tides have finally begun to shift. A large part of the reason why lies in the fact that there is a steadily expanding body of research and studies that pinpoint the sheer importance of overall health. One of the biggest core contributors to overall health is an individual’s diet. Macronutrients play an important role in an individual’s diet, including of course protein macronutrients. Protein macronutrients are important for the building, preserving, and maintaining of the cells in the body. Because of this vital role, protein macronutrients are one of the most fundamentally important nutrients that the body thrives and survives off.

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