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Experiment with Protein

June 4, 2008

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Do you remember building things as a kid? Did you use Lego’s, regular wooden blocks, or both? Some of you may have built really tall model buildings using just wooden blocks while others could never get them to balance and preferred Lego’s. Maybe some of you liked the look of both!

This idea that some building material works better for some than others is similar to how the human structure is built. Proteins are the basic building block that helps our bodies form muscles, skin and hair, but the amount and type varies from person to person. Because of our bio-individuality, experiment with reducing or increasing your protein intake and trying different sources, and figuring out which makes you feel your best.

Most Americans eat too much protein, but some, especially O blood types and men, need more protein-rich foods. One person might feel lighter and clearer when they reduce animal protein, but another might experience low energy. If you are not sure what kind of builder you are, experiment with different types of protein to find what works for you. What type of protein—animal, beans or soy products, works best for you?

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.