We’re talking about immunity now more than ever. But regardless of our circumstances, it's always an important topic to discuss. Our immune health is key to our body’s defenses and protecting against viruses and infection so we can continue living a healthy life. What many people don’t realize, however, is how your protein intake can affect your immune system.
At Vejo, we’re focused on your overall health and protein plays a critical role in maintaining it. It’s one of the key reasons we’ve developed protein blends like Banana Almond, Spiced Chocolate, and many more. Let’s take a few minutes to explore the connection between protein and immune health, and how you can improve your overall health with Vejo blends.
The Quick Science
Proteins in general are the building blocks of many things in our body, including antibodies, which are essential proteins for a healthy immune system. But, consuming proteins in our diet can create indirect, beneficial effects on immune health. Take inflammation, for example. It’s a root cause of poor immune health, and a cause of inflammation is the over-consumption of processed foods with high amounts of sugar.
While sugar provides quick energy for our bodies, the overconsumption of sugar creates increased body fat and an increased body mass index (BMI). A healthy BMI is a good indicator of a strong immune system that works consistently.
This is where a balanced diet is key, and protein is a big part of maintaining that balance. When we eat a well-balanced meal containing protein, carbs, and healthy fat, this provides a more sustained curve of energy—compared to the rapid rise and fall of sugar. It also helps to stave off cravings for additional sugar, which can lead to detrimental health prospects over time.
Are You Getting Enough Protein?
An individual's protein needs are based on a variety of factors, including body size, level of activity, and health goals. In general, people need 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight to maintain basic physical functions. However, this can be as high as 1.2 to 1.8 grams per kilogram for more active individuals. An active, 150-pound person, for example, may consume up to 120 grams of protein daily.
Are You Getting the Right Protein?
There are many types of healthy protein sources. Most obviously, you can find protein through animal sources, like beef, dairy, fish, or just about any meat. However, there are plenty of plant-based protein sources as well, including quinoa, beans, soy, and pea protein powders.
The most important thing to consider is diversity of diet. It’s always a good idea to find protein from a wide range of sources so you can take advantage of the nutrients each has to offer—for example, the iron and minerals in meat or the fiber and vitamin C in quinoa.
How Vejo Can Help
We’ve made it easier than ever to get a diverse range of proteins, not to mention the dozens of nutrient-rich ingredients included in Vejo blends. We have six great blends that can help you increase protein in your diet.
Banana Almond & Spiced Chocolate: These delicious Vejo blends are a great source of plant-based protein, with 7 grams each, while also contributing potassium from the organic banana. Both blends also contain a 2:11 carb-to-protein ratio, which is ideal to kickstart recovery after workouts.
Whey Coffee & Whey Mocha: For post-workout recovery with a boost, we recommend these two great blends. They each have 9 grams of organic whey protein. Whey protein contains high amounts of the amino acid leucine, which helps deliver more protein to your muscles, aiding in recovery. With 160mg of caffeine in each pod, this could be your perfect snack after a morning workout.
Earthbar Chocolate & Earthbar Vanilla: These delicious blends each contain 15 grams of plant-based protein. They also have fiber and antioxidant-rich ingredients like buckwheat seed, chia seed, and millet seed—each of which provides heart-healthy fats and immune-boosting micronutrients.
In the end, it’s important to take a balanced approach to our immune health. From sleep to sugar intake, many things affect our immunity and protein is a key part of that relationship. By consuming an adequate amount of daily protein with Vejo blends, you’re creating a healthy balance that can give your immune health the nutrients it needs to succeed.