At Life Enthusiast, most of the people we speak with are already on a pretty healthy path, with their food, supplements and exercise.
Where do you fit in? Are you...
- wanting to build muscle/lose weight
- barely scraping by with your pains
- looking for higher performance
- vegetarian or eating less meat/dairy
- wanting more energy and stamina?
Whatever level of healthy lifestyle you're at - we can help make it better!
To be a true Enthusiast of Life, you'll need a good protein supplement for longevity with beauty and energy.
People like to debate about eating carbs and fats, but most know that protein is important. If you're not sure, then here's some science-based reasons to eat healthy protein...
Why you need more healthy protein...
Your body is made of proteins - they are present in the outer and inner membranes of every living cell. Protein is used to maintain tissues, build new cells and to make new proteins for many basic functions.
1. Reduces Appetite (Promotes Weight Loss)
Protein is by far the most filling of foods - helps you feel more full, with fewer calories. If you need to lose weight or belly fat, consume more protein instead of carbs and sugar.
2. Reduces Cravings and Mindless Snacking (Promotes Weight Loss)
Food cravings are different from hunger and mindless snacking. Cravings can be your body's cry for a particular nutrient (often protein), or your brain's cry for comfort (junk food). Eating more protein can have a powerful effect on reducing food cravings.
3. Helps Increase Muscle Mass and Strength
(Promotes Weight Loss)
Having more muscle helps you burn more calories even while at rest. And while you are losing weight, eating more protein will reduce muscle loss - and promote fat loss. If you're starting to exercise more than you're used to, you'll need more protein.
4. Helps Repair after Injury and Intense Exercise
Protein forms the main building blocks of your tissues and organs, and studies have shown that if you're recovering from an injury, more protein will help you heal to speed recovery.
4. Boosts Metabolism (Promotes Weight Loss)
It takes more calories to digest/absorb protein, than other foods. This boosts your metabolism and is called the thermic effect of food (TEF).
6. Lowers Blood Pressure
In addition to lowering blood pressure, a high-protein diet has shown to reduce LDL cholesterol (that's the bad one).
5. Reduces Osteoporosis and Fractures
Eating more protein helps your bone health as you age, especially in menopausal women.
9. Helps Reduce Muscle Shrinkage from Aging
Staying active is also crucial, especially with load-bearing exercises like lifting weights.
And there's more...
Proteins Make Enzymes - Essential for Life
Enzymes are essential to activate almost every chemical reaction in your body, including repairs and digesting food, regulating the entry of nutrients and removal of waste through your cell walls, growth, development and reproduction. About half the protein you eat every day goes to making enzymes.
Proteins Make Neurotransmitters
Neurotransmitters are responsible for your ability to see, think, hear, move and do everything that is part of a healthy life.
Proteins Make More Life
Proteins are critical for the creation of every new cell and every new individual person because they are part of your DNA - your genetic inheritance.
Proteins for Growing
Teenagers need more protein.
Protein for Vegetarians
Vegans/vegetarians eliminate the more common sources of protein like meat, fish and eggs, so supplementation will be very important.
Adequate protein intake is essential not only for a healthy life, but for life itself!
We have the best Organic Vegan Protein supplements right here:
Our plant protein powders provide your body with material for building, repair and maintenance of your cells, and for proper metabolic function. Combine them with healthy fats for greater benefits.
Here's what you need to repair and maintain your body, build muscle and lose weight.
Hemp Protein with Lecithin, Greens and Probiotics
An entirely new and revolutionary approach to protein supplementation.
- Control Appetite - Lose Weight
- Build Muscle and Burn Fat
- Enhance Your Performance (athletic, mental, emotional, sexual and spiritual too)
Delicious AND Nutritious!
Hemp is one of the plant kingdom's most concentrated sources of Protein, Essential Fatty Acids (omega 3 and 6 in the near perfect ratio of 1:3), and Amino Acids (contains all 10 - the building blocks of protein).
EFAs and AAs are required by your body, yet it cannot manufacture them. You have to extract EFAs and AAs from the foods or supplements you eat.
2. Barley Gold
Sprouted Organic Barley from Selected Seeds
Let me introduce a protein supplement that is beyond Superfood grade, with more highly absorbable nutrients than most others.
Barley Gold provides a bountiful, natural balance of exponentially enhanced nutrients (vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fiber and antioxidants).
Go longer and farther without the crash.
Get the energy you need immediately, and ...
Now you can reap the rewards of nutrition to build new tissue!
Sprouted Organic Barley from Selected Seeds
Barley Gold seeds are carefully selected and start in enhanced and balanced soils. Only viable live seeds remain and sprout, becoming enzymatically and nutritionally active. When stabilized, the seed's nutrient and enzyme content is protected for up to 3 years.
All the seeds are alive and 95% usable by your body. This means quick transport and absorption of needed nutrients, enabling your body to efficiently eliminate toxins and heal.
The Benefits of Sprouted Barley Seeds...
- More enzymes for better digestion - as much as six times more
- Rich in vitamin C
- Increases vitamin B content (especially B2, B5 and B6)
- Increases carotene dramatically - sometimes eight-fold
- During sprouting, complex sugars responsible for intestinal gas are broken down, and a portion of the starch in grain is transformed into sugar
- Sprouting inactivates Aflatoxins, potent carcinogens found in grains
- Neutralizes enzyme inhibitors including phytic acid (a substance present in the bran of all grains that inhibits absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc). These enzyme inhibitors can neutralize our own precious enzymes in the digestive tract, often causing gluten intolerance.
Who is it good for?
- People who eat lots of carbohydrates (baking, most cereals, pasta)
- Babies, seniors and athletes
- Pre Diabetics and Diabetics (helps stabilize blood sugar levels)
- Vegans, Vegetarians and Raw Foodists who need more protein
- And a great food source for the lazy eater.
Since Barley Gold has the building blocks to rebuild the intestine, it is an excellent supplement for any intestinal issues.
Check out this article "Barley Gold Recipes".
If what you've been eating so far isn't working for you, it's time to re-evaluate...
The Consequences of Not Getting Enough Protein
Physical and Mental Fatigue
This fatigue is different than waking up groggy. It's feeling like a nap when you never needed one before. Or a lack of mental motivation and fog can be associated with protein deficiency. Some vegans/vegetarians say they had more energy than when they ate meat, but if that's not you, then lack of protein is a probable cause.
Muscle Weakness, Frequent Injuries and Slower Recovery
If activity - strenuous or not - makes you feel weak, you may not be getting enough protein. Your muscles can't repair themselves and you become weaker. Injury is easy and your recovery will be slow.
Muscles Look Flabby
When you're protein deficient, it's not just your performance that suffers, your muscle appearance and size does too. Your body will take the protein it needs from your muscles - kind of like cannibalism.
Hair Falling Out
Your body reserves protein for its most critical functions, and hair health is definitely not crucial to live. Your body will stop using valuable protein on your hair and nails.
Does Your Metabolic Type Need More Protein?
Your journey to healing is unique to you ~ and so your diet should be too.
If you're getting dietary advice that treats every body the same, you may be doing yourself an injustice.
A very important issue to understand about metabolic types is that there are two main body types, with a distribution of about 60/40 in our population:
- one is balanced by eating fruits and vegetables
- the other is balanced by eating proteins and fats.
In both cases, the foods should be raw, or mostly raw to preserve enzymatic activity. Some foods - such as meat or acid foods - are good only for certain people. For others they are "problem" foods.
To gain a deeper insight into the food-related causes of disease, and to learn about the unique way your body needs to be fed, please read about "Metabolic Typing" and you can purchase the program too. You are always welcome to call me about Metabolic Typing (or anything else for that matter) if you want to share your experiences.
The Trouble with Soy (and nut) Protein
The main concern we have with ingesting large amounts of ANY nuts, seeds, legumes or grains that have not been soaked or sprouted is their phyto-estrogenic effect - a huge concern for women with breast cancer, and a serious problem for aging men, because it is feminizing them. That means that nut milk and other non-fermented seed products should be used rarely, not every day.
Additionally, phytates contained in most grains - but worst in soy - cause mineral absorption problems that lead to osteoporosis, thyroid, pancreas and liver issues, and the enzyme inhibitors found in un-sprouted seeds raise your risk for insulin complications.
Soy has a high content of glutamate. If you have any issues with MSG (monosodium glutamate), or if you would like to prevent cancer then stay away from soy.
Vegan Protein CAN be Better than Steak!