Why Is Protein Important?

Why Is Protein Important?


Hey, guys, Dr. Axe here, founder of draxe.com.
Today I want to talk about the importance of protein. Protein benefits and how protein
benefits your overall health in physical performance is crucial to understand. So whether you’re a, let’s say, a weekend
warrior or you’re trying to lose weight, or you are an athlete, protein is important for
everybody in just about everyone is deficient in quality protein in their diet. So again, on this video, I’m going to go over
how to get more protein in your diet and really the benefit and how much you should consume. And so really starting off here, talking about
protein and what it does. Protein is the building block of yourselves. It’s the building blocks
of your muscles also in terms of the food that’s going to improve your metabolism and
fat burning potential. Nothing is more important than protein. It
really is the fuel that motivates and really supports your body in building healthy tissues
and cells, so you need protein. And the average person probably needs half their body weight
in protein a day. So if you weigh 150 pounds, you need at least
probably around 75 grams of protein a day if you’re trying to burn fat and build muscle
the right way. And for many athletes, more than that is going
to be essential as well. The best forms of protein you can be getting are going to be
things like, grass-fed beef is a great source, organic chicken and turkey, wild caught salmon,
also grass-fed organic dairy products are great. And then, healthy quality protein powders
like grass-fed whey protein is another great option. And then the plant-based sources of protein,
flax and chia seeds are great, they’re very high. As well as other nuts and seeds, and
beans, are also quality sources of protein. So again, getting protein in your diet is
greatly beneficial. And the biggest benefits of protein include fat burning, helping muscle
recovery, helping heal cuts in the wound. And if you have any sort of injury, protein
is essential. It’s essential for fighting diabetes in balancing up blood sugar. It’s
essential for brain function. It’s also essential for any issue you have in terms of depression
and brain issues. It’s also essential for cholesterol. I mean,
there are study after study showing that protein is essential for your body and last but not
least, it’s important for muscle recovery. So if you’re trying to recover from something
and also of high energy level as you want to improve your overall energy, getting more
protein in your diet is essential. So again, get more protein. And when buying protein,
make sure it’s from organic natural sources. One of the issues we run into today is all
of our conventional restaurants today, our conventional grocery stores, they’re not selling
grass-fed organic protein. And if you’re eating conventional protein, it’s loaded with hormones,
antibiotics, steroids and other chemicals that will actually destroy your health. So
again, protein is the most important thing to buy organic and grass-fed. So guys, get
more protein in your diet. And I even recommend, hey, do a few journals,
write down what you’ve eaten the past three days and add up the grams of protein you’ve
actually gotten in your system. And you can go to the website nutritiondata.com
and actually look up the amount of protein in about the amount of food you’ve consumed,
or else do it for the next three days and see how much protein you’re actually getting
in your diet. Hey, guys, if you enjoy this video, hey, you
can subscribe to this YouTube channel. I’m always going over the latest and greatest
news on nutrition, advanced nutrition techniques and how to burn fat, gain muscles and heal
your body all naturally. This has been Dr. Axe, thanks for watching.

51 Replies to “Why Is Protein Important?”

  1. Thanks Dr. Axe. I'm finding it hard to get half my body weight in protein in a day, but I am doing better.  It will get easier as I continue to lose weight on your detox plan. Take care, Ivana

  2. I'm struggling to get enough protein in my daughter's diet who is a vegetarian. Is there a certain amount your body can use at once? I thought I read somewhere that your body can only utilize 9 grams at a time.

  3. Hello Dracxe i really like your videos espiacilly the one about acne helped me very much to get over it.
    I do have a qurstion:
    What do vyou think about the low fat diets which are now really coming and there are doctors like mcdougall essylstyn campell who claim thats very beneficial to do so and that it can remove heart disease diabetes…?
    Would be great to have an opinion on that

  4. Yes organic is good for u we all know that but it's also expensive and when you're on a budget it's really hard to buy all organic. Now I'm feeling scared because I can't afford organic does that mean I'm in bad health? =/

  5. hi I was wondering what the best Protein Bars are the best? I've recently been buying the brand THINK THIN? is this healthy? I love chocolate and usually get hungry after a workout, so why not eat a protein bar right?! lol could you give me a list of Healthy-Good tasting bars that you can buy at like walmart or a grocery store?!

  6. Dr Axe I love videos. Most of all that your a believer. I am just starting to eat clean and exercise for weight loss. I am not exercising much yet so what how much protein should I be taking in for fat lose?

  7. I love Sun warrior chocolate protein. It contains all essential amino acids and it is delicious!!! Vega is also good

  8. Too bad your newer videos don't show your face. it would have been great to hear tips of losing weight while looking at your handsome face at the same time.

  9. Does your body take ammino acids from the body making up the skin and pretty much everything when you eat foods the void of Enzymes such as Onion soup and I understand that bacteria in the gut produce digestive Enzymes so I ask the question if one has dysbiosis can this cause sever systemic issues across the whole system of the body

  10. Protein harms your kidneys and is acid forming in the body, what you need is amino acids, which you can get from fruits and vegetables.

  11. What if you have had 95% of the symptoms for years, despite consuming large quantities of meat, seeds, beans, & nuts several times a day?

  12. Typical minion of the petrochemical cartel promoting myths. (The petrochemical industry controls all healthcare and banking BTW). There is NO SUCH THING as "not enough protein". The only circumstances where one wouldn't have enough protein would be under abject starvation. It's like being worried about bringing enough sand to the beach.
    Go do as you're trained and go sell some drugs and perform unnecessary proceeders on gluttons. Stop promoting lies.

  13. havent eaten protein in months feel great ride the bike hard ,no issues.Havent eaten meat of any kind in 2 years feel great ,no fish no chicken no red meat ,i must be different?

  14. Listen to josh axe, a doctor of chiropractic medicine. This guys credentials are just as valid as a high school education in terms of nutrition.

    I don’t know how this guy has over 875k subscribers lol.

  15. We all have way too much protein in modern diets and there is plenty of protein in vegetables. You don't need meat, fish and dairy.  The clue is grass fed beef, big strong animals only eat veg. If you just eat your daily calories in broccoli you will get enough protein! As an athlete I  recover much better now I am vegan.

  16. Statements like "You need half your body weight in protein" make me loose faith in your knowledge. I've seen you make this statement in articles too. Half your body weight if you were 150 pounds would be 75 pounds, not 75 gms…so that statement is not accurate, it has to be translated into what you must mean…I suggest stating that you use this formula:
    Take your body weight, and think of it as grams, then divide that amount of grams in half to get the your amount of daily protein intake.
    Then please give some idea of how you came to determine this required amount ( formula).

  17. You seem like a dope person, I just subbed and told some friends about it. My goal right now is 1000 subs, any help is appreciated as well. Looking forward to your next vid!

  18. its this guy freakin kidding me???? 1/2 of our body weight in protein!? NO ONE in a first world country who eats a variety of whole foods is protein deficient in any way….. Now maybe fiber deficiency, that's what he should be talking about.

    What the heck is "quality" protein anyways? No one uses a whole protein, we break all protein down into amino acids then use that to build our own protein. We do NOT need more protein. 1/2 your weight in grams as protein is overkill. 0.4 grams per pound of body weight is what the NIH recommends. This guy is full of crap

  19. Always thought these people sipping protein all the time were nuts…..until I saw how much you need a day and when. I started working out and weight lifting. Protein is a must!!!

  20. Today I couldn't explain properly to a lady that it was saying, we don't need to count or keep an eye to the protein intake even if we are vegetarian as there isn't exist protein deficienc, how can I explain properly that she isn't right? Thanks

  21. Wow I didn’t know we need half our body weight In protein. Maybe that’s why I’m having health issues. Crazy thing about it is I work at shell gas station and we sell protein bars. I bought 2 bars today out of pure randomness. One with 30gm protein and the other with 20gm. I ate them both when I got home right after my meal and I swear, like 20mins later I noticed improvements with my skin. Like the elasticity, specially in my lips. They felt more comfortable and stretchier and softer. I think I’m going to order some bars and eat one every night. Maybe one twice a day. I’m like 320lbs, so I would need about 160gm a day. I barely top 80gm today and it was my first time eating those protein bars after a meal. I may be deficient in protein tremendously. Thanks for the vid Dr.

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