Protein can be consumed either through animal sources or plant sources. Digestion of proteins begins in the stomach where proteins are broken down into amino acids. Amino acids are the smallest forms of proteins, and pepsin and hydrochloric acid help break it into these small forms so these amino acids can be digested into the system.
After the stomach breaks down these proteins the pancreas sends out other chemicals to help finish the process. After the proteins are broken completely the body can absorb them and utilize their potential.
Unfortunately, if you have thyroid disease, this disease can affect how fast or slow the body can metabolize foods, such as proteins. Therefore, it is good to know what your daily protein requirement is.
Daily Protein Requirement
Everyone has a different amount of protein that should be consumed. This information is based on bio-individuality and disease condition. People who are young differ from people who are old or sick, adolescents need a slightly higher amount of protein than adults, children between the ages of 9 years old and 13 years old actually need even more because their bodies are still developing, while the elderly need just ass much because they are not as active, and people with illness, injury, or an acute disease state could need higher or lower amounts to promote healing and repair.
What is also misleading is weight versus the amount of protein intake. It is often said the bigger you are the more protein you should be consuming. This is partly true. In fact, a person should be consuming the calculated amount of protein of their Ideal Body Weight unless they are 30% or more overweight, not their actual weight. Then at that point, a person should be consuming the amount of protein that is calculated to their Adjusted Body Weight.
How does a person know if they are 30% or more overweight? The BMR/RMR Calories Calculator can help you decipher that info. Nonetheless, if you have a disease condition like thyroid disease in addition to being 30% overweight, a nutrition professional should figure out your requirements for you.
Knowing how to calculate protein is essential to ensure a person will stay healthy longer. How do I know how much protein I am eating? Well, 4 oz of meat is about the size of the palm of your hand. If you are a man with larger hands, that could adequate to 6 oz of meat.
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