We're sure that you've heard the saying that 'amino acids are the 'building blocks' of life' and it's true. Amino acids are small molecules linked together in a variety of patterns to form a protein.
The human genetic code only encodes 20 amino acids. Essential amino acids must be obtained from your diet while non-essential amino acids can be synthesized by your body. A lack of even one of these can, over time, affect both your physical and mental health.
Of the 20 amino acids in the proteins of your body, you can make alanine, arginine, asparagine, aspartate, cysteine, glutamate, glutamine, glycine, proline, serine and tyrosine but not histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan or valine. During times of rapid growth such as in childhood and the teen years, arginine may become essential to your diet as well, because your capacity to manufacture it might not keep up with your needs. A lack of any of the nine essential amino acids can cause increasingly detrimental health effects if you fail to include them in your diet.
What will happen if I don't eat enough protein?
Protein in your diet provides structure to your DNA, mitochondria, cells, and tissues and supports important functions like methylation, detoxification, immune health, hormone production, estrogen metabolism and cell-to-cell communication. Insufficient amino acids can affect the optimal functioning of these systems in your body.
Our amino acid health tips:
- DOWNLOAD our Macronutrient Info Chart | Proteins for free
- ADD IN essential amino acids in the form of a protein powder in a shake or smoothie. Increase your quantity or grams depending on how much exercise you do daily. The recommended daily amount of protein is 46 grams per day for women and 56 grams per day for men. You can also calculate your daily consumption as 8 grams for every 9 kg of body weight.
- EAT organic, grass-fed beef and wild-caught fish daily. If you're a vegan or vegetarian, then make sure that you combine the correct sources of plant protein to ensure that you consume all 9 complete amino acids at one meal.
- MEASURE your amino acid profile by order either the 11 Amino Acid Test or the 20 Amino Acid Test. Having this personalized info will empower you to make very specific choices of what amino acids type and the daily levels YOU need.
Remember, protein is information to your DNA and biochemistry!
My DNA. My Choices
Dr Heidi & Margie