Cart

Your cart is empty

Continue shopping now

The Benefits of Animal and Plant Based Proteins

Sporty & Rich Wellness - The Benefits of Animal and Plant Based Proteins
By: @wellclub__

Protein is an essential building block for the body. It helps to transfer oxygen throughout the body, create new cells and keep them healthy, fuel energy, build and repair muscle, ensure the optimal function of enzymes, build the structure of hormones, and create protective antibodies to fight illnesses and infections. 


Protein is made up of different combinations of amino acids. There are eight essential amino acids that we must consume through food as the body does not make them. Our bodies use amino acids to build our tissues, muscles, organs, skin, and hair. Moreover, amino acids help to regulate metabolic processes in the body. Not all protein is created equal and there are both complete and incomplete types in reference to the amount of amino acids they contain.


Protein can be obtained from animal and plant sources. Animal based protein contains all of the essential amino acids and they are better absorbed by the body. When choosing protein, look for high quality sources and include a variety in your diet to avoid nutritional deficiencies. Some excellent sources of protein to try are wild fish, eggs, poultry (chicken and turkey), grass fed meat, bone broth, and organic dairy products. Meat is not only a great source of protein, but it helps you to feel full and satiated for longer. 


Two kinds of animal based proteins have been gaining popularity as of late: bone broth and collagen. Both are great additions to your wellness routine. Bone broth is very healing (particularly for the gut) and contains an abundance of nutrients, gelatin, and collagen. Collagen helps to support connective tissues and the skin’s elasticity. Adding in a collagen supplement or bone broth to your diet may be something worth experimenting with. 


There are a variety of wonderful plant derived proteins to try. A plate filled with plants can provide you with an adequate amount of protein along with many other health benefits. Some examples are spirulina, nuts, seeds, legumes, quinoa, collagen, hemp seeds, and almond butter. Whether you are combining plants to obtain an optimal amount of protein intake, or you consume animal sources, we always encourage a diet that consists of an abundance of plants. With that being said, it is always wise to monitor how you feel based on your digestion and energy levels to determine which forms of protein work best for you.


While nature provides us with a variety of protein sources, one may wish to choose a supplemental version as well. These exist in the form of protein powders or imitation meats. There are many different protein options on the market including animal (i.e whey) and plant (i.e. hemp and pea) based. Look for fermented protein powders without added fillers or artificial ingredients to encourage easier digestion and better absorption.


We suggest limiting or avoiding the consumption of processed meats and imitation meats. Processed meats such as cold cuts and sausages often contain preservatives such as nitrates and sulphites. Imitation meat products such as fake meats are processed and contain artificial ingredients which can harm the health of your body.


Always choose high quality food sources, organic if possible, and experiment with a variety of choices to see what feels best for you. Do your body good and consume a variety of protein (preferably) from whole real food sources, consuming powder forms only as supplementary to your well balanced diet!

Previous
Next

The Wellness Club

The Importance of Skin pH for a Clear, Healthy Complexion

The Importance of Skin pH for a Clear, Healthy Complexion

Translation missing: en.blogs.article.by Taylor Davis

By: @drmelissa.co The concept of the skin barrier has become a part of many skincare aficionado’s vocabulary, but what does it really mean?  It is important to remember...

Read more
The Ancient Ritual of Oil Pulling

The Ancient Ritual of Oil Pulling

Translation missing: en.blogs.article.by Taylor Davis

By: @emily_campbell Oil pulling has been an ancient ritual in India and is a sacred practice that has roots in ancient Hindu texts and scriptures. Known in Sanskrit as Kavala Graha or Gandusha, the regime of swishing around 1 tbsp of oil for 15-20 minutes and then spitting it out is primarily used for its oral health benefits. This simple regime has been...

Read more
The Mental Health Benefits From Travel

The Mental Health Benefits From Travel

Translation missing: en.blogs.article.by Taylor Davis

By: @ericabassotherapy We can all probably recall that moment when you’re finally feeling relaxed on vacation and you hear yourself expressing, “I need to do this more often!”. Despite the research that supports the mental health benefits of taking regular vacations and traveling, it’s been found that a significant number of American workers don’t take all of their allocated...

Read more
High Intensity Exercise: Good or Bad?

High Intensity Exercise: Good or Bad?

Translation missing: en.blogs.article.by Taylor Davis

By @coreflexpilates founder Chris Bardawil HIIT or high intensity interval training has become a pretty normal part of modern training, its something you have probably already done without even realising it. It was popularised over a decade ago with Crossfit and now modernised in many forms of classes we see at gyms as well as being seen all over the web with HIIT routines and...

Read more
5 Benefits of Reformer Pilates

5 Benefits of Reformer Pilates

Translation missing: en.blogs.article.by Taylor Davis

By: @coreflexpilates, founder Chris Bardawil Reformer pilates is everywhere, it's not just all over social media we are also seeing our favourite celebs doing it. The reality is reformer pilates has been a staple of many people’s exercise routines for over a decade now, and for good reason.

Read more
Burnout: What Is It and How to Recover

Burnout: What Is It and How to Recover

Translation missing: en.blogs.article.by Taylor Davis

By: @drmelissa.co Burnout is a concern I see often in clinical practice. Although it is not a diagnosable disease, it is a syndrome, meaning it is defined by a set of symptoms, but does not have a consistent progression or clear treatment plan. In other words, burnout is a very real issue, but may look different from person to person and require...

Read more
Nutritional Support for Hashimoto’s Disease and Hypothyroidism

Nutritional Support for Hashimoto’s Disease and Hypothyroidism

Translation missing: en.blogs.article.by Taylor Davis

  By: Megan Tomlin @gooodmoodfoood Did you know that up to 60% of cases of Hashimoto’s disease go undiagnosed? Or that women are 5 to 8 times more likely to have a thyroid condition? Knowing these facts, it is shocking that so many of us are still unclear about...

Read more
Are Collagen Supplements Worth Taking? A Dermatologist Weighs In.

Are Collagen Supplements Worth Taking? A Dermatologist Weighs In.

Translation missing: en.blogs.article.by Taylor Davis

By: @dermahealthnutrition The pursuit of youthful, glowing skin is a timeless quest. It fuels a booming industry of skincare products, treatments, and supplements, including collagen, all claiming to improve the signs of ageing. Here's what you need to know to navigate the abundance of collagen powders, capsules, and liquids.  Skin ageing is a multifaceted...

Read more
Sporty & Rich Wellness - Collagen-Rich Foods vs. Supplements

Collagen-Rich Foods vs. Supplements

Translation missing: en.blogs.article.by Taylor Davis

By: @coreflexpilates founder Chris Bardawil What is the best way to boost your body's collagen production? Supplements or diet, here is a run down of the basics to help you navigate your way around understanding collagen and how you can boost your body's supplies. Collagen...

Read more
The Power of Spending Time in Silence

The Power of Spending Time in Silence

Translation missing: en.blogs.article.by Taylor Davis

@emily_campbell In today’s age, even if you don’t live in a hustling and bustling city, you may still experience constant noise. We have become so accustomed to noise everywhere we go, including our homes. Without knowing it, you may prefer “background noise” to block out any unwanted thoughts or feelings that pop up....

Read more
Sporty & Rich Wellness - How to Navigate Job Insecurity

How to Navigate Job Insecurity

Translation missing: en.blogs.article.by Taylor Davis

By: @ericabassotherapy Experiencing a layoff at your workplace or losing your job can be extremely stressful. It's normal to feel a range of emotions during such times. Job loss or insecurity can threaten components of psychological well-being, such as one’s financial health and identity, and leave individuals feeling vulnerable and...

Read more
Irregular Periods: What Do They Mean?

Irregular Periods: What Do They Mean?

Translation missing: en.blogs.article.by Taylor Davis

By: drmelissa.co A woman’s period is a vital sign. Just like your blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, and breath rate, a woman’s cycle is indicative of her health overall. An imbalanced period indicates suboptimal health.  The menstrual cycle is incredibly complex and requires a constellation of factors to align for it to occur at regular intervals. Factors that can delay a period or cause...

Read more