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PROTEIN: Why You Need It For Immune Health

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Protein is always talked about for recovery, sports performance, and body shaping, but one of its most vital roles is to support immune function. Research shows that a deficiency in protein can significantly impair immune function and increase our susceptibility to infectious disease. 

"I created The Healthy Chef range of proteins because of my own health issues. After working 18-hour days, I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue and pneumonia. I sought the advice of a professor of  immunology, who advised that I needed to incorporate more protein into my diet to rebuild my immune system."

This set me on the path of sourcing the purest, cleanest sources of protein that I could find, and you are now able to choose from my comprehensive Healthy Chef range of proteins to suit you and your family's protein needs.

Protein is made up of amino acids that are essential nutrients you can’t live without. Protein’s main function is to build and repair, as well as sustain muscle. The body is unable to maintain an adequate store of protein as we do fats and carbohydrates. So, a good quality protein shake or smoothie is a convenient and delicious way of ensuring you meet your daily protein intake to assist with recovery and to support a healthy immune system. 

Without protein we would not exist. In a nutshell, dietary protein plays the following role in regards to immune health: Supports a healthy immune system - Helps you recover + repair - Builds antibodies - Boosts Immunity - promotes the synthesis of glutathione required for a healthy immune system.

    In addition, protein also supports weight management, supports lean muscle, assists in hormone production, reduces blood sugar fluctuations, and supports healthy skin, hair and nails. 

    The average person should aim to eat 1g of protein per kilo of body weight, per day. One of my favourite ways of making sure I get enough protein is by making one of my Recovery Shakes.

    If you're pressed for time or in the office, one of my favourite recovery shakes is simply a serve of Healthy Chef Chocolate Pea Protein mixed with coconut water or filtered water. This combination provides instant hydration and a quick supply of protein and essential amino acids that absorbs quickly into the body. Check out my blender-free shakes here.

    Healthy Chef premium, low carbohydrate protein powders are designed for the most sensitive digestive systems and are the perfect addition to your healthy diet. Apart from supporting your immunity, they assist in weight management, sports performance + recovery, and provide vital nutrients at any stage of your life.

    Smoothies and shakes help your body nourish + refuel with quality nutrients for optimum health. Whether it is the Pure Native WPIOrganic Pea ProteinMarine Collagen or Body Shaping Protein, there is no better time to start.

    *Protein requirements are based on data from the 4th edition of Clinical Sports Nutrition, Journal of Sports Sciences and Medicine, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and the Nutrient Reference Values for Australia & New Zealand. 

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