Eat This: Essential Amino Acids

Take a quick walk down any aisle with protein powders and shakes. I dare you to walk into a fitness or “health food” store. You will find something with amino acids labeled on it. More than a bench pressing body builder trend, amino acids are an essential part of your food relationship. But you don’t need to bulk up. Amino acids are found in proteins. Thus, your 2-3 servings of protein for a typically active person is enough to get your amino acids.. Why you are amino acids so essential? One, amino acids help to break down food better. Another amazing function of amino acids- repair tissue damage. Especially helpful with dealing with chronic illness and damage done with flair ups. Amino acids are one of your energy producers. We can keep going, but you get the point. You need amino acids. Specifically, you need nine amino acids.

9 Amino Acids

  • histidine
  • isoleucine
  • lysine
  • methionine
  • phenylalanine
  • threonine
  • tryptophan
  • valine

Foods naturally containing amino acids

  • milk
  • fish
  • eggs
  • soy
  • nuts

See the problem? Most foods containing amino acids are in the top eight common allergen list. But don’t listen to the debbie downers in the health nut culture. You can get amino acids in meats such as poultry and plant based sources.

Alternative sources for amino acids

  • Quinoa
  • Buckwheat
  • Hemp seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Spirulina
  • Nutritional yeast
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Another surprising source requires a food relationship pairing: rice and beans or lentils. Rice contains most amino acids but low in one specific kind while beans or lentils compliment that lack. Eating them together supplies the total amino acids and proteins you need.

Eat this- proteins are more than muscle building and hunger satisfiers. Proteins contain your amino acids for healing and optimizing digestion. Food allergies or intolerances don’t have to stop you from getting your amino acid action in your food relationship.

Side note. Supplements and powders. I love natural supplements. Do be careful as balance is key. Too much protein is difficult to digest and hard on livers and kidneys. An over abundance of amino acids could lead to a list of side effects. Use your nutritional resources and medical professionals on how much amino acids you need.

Published by JRiley

Certified holistic nutritionist, reiki master, and yogi who hates kale and loves tacos.

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