Quality protein is essential for the healing process
All healing requires the rebuilding of new tissue. Whether it’s a bone or a blood cell, protein provides the building blocks that regenerate our bodies. Consuming quality protein is important to maintaining good health and essential for the healing process. During illness, our bodies redirect energy that would normally go to digestion toward our healing. That’s why we often don’t feel hungry when we have a cold or digest certain foods poorly when we’re sick. Digestion takes an enormous amount of energy and the body is wise to use it in regaining our health. Even so, we still have to nourish our bodies during this process. If we’re taking in foods that are hard to digest or don’t digest fully, we can’t give our body what it needs to do the job right.
“Avoid any product that uses cross-flow filtration, microfiltration, hydrolyzation or ion exchange. This processing denatures the proteins and makes them harder for your body to utilize.”
Even when we’re healthy, protein is one of the most difficult substances for the body to break down. That’s why I suggest taking a quality protein supplement at least once a day if you’re in good health and more, if you’re in the healing process. The protein most easily assimilated by the body comes from whey, the protein portion of cow or goat’s milk. There is some debate about the quality of vegetable protein supplements on the market such as those made from pea or rice protein and whether they offer all the right amino acids for rebuilding tissue. Whichever you choose, you’ll want to look for some very important aspects of the product…and that doesn’t include how impressive the muscle man on the label is.
Avoid any product that uses cross-flow filtration, microfiltration, hydrolyzation or ion exchange. This processing denatures the proteins and makes them harder for your body to utilize. Be sure it contains a “full amino acid profile” as well as the protein components lactoferin, immunoglobulins and serum albumin. If choosing a milk-based (whey) product, select one derived from cows fed exclusively on grass with no corn in the diet. This gives the product the right balance of essential fatty acids. It should state, “NO growth hormones or antibiotics”.
The product should NOT contain corn, soy (lecithin), wheat, yeast or maltodextrin. A natural sweetener like stevia or xylitol will keep sugars very low.
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Dr. Habib Sadeghi is the co-founder of Be Hive of Healing, an integrative health center based in Los Angeles. He provides revolutionary healing protocols in integrative, osteopathic, anthroposophical, environmental, and family medicine, as well as clinical pharmacology. He served as an attending Physician and Clinical Facilitator at UCLA-SM Medical Center and is currently a Clinical Instructor of Family Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences. Dr. Sadeghi is a regular contributor to Goop, CNN, BBC News and TEDx. He is the author of Within: A Spiritual Awakening to Love & Weight Loss, as well as the foreword to Gwyneth Paltrow’s It’s All Good, and is the publisher of the health and well-being journal, MegaZEN.