Why is protein an essential part of the diet?

Protein is a crucial dietary component for the growth and repair of tissue. It is recommended to ingest eight grams of protein daily for every 20 pounds of body weight. This amount is needed to prevent the body from slowly breaking down its own tissue. Protein is classified either as complete, with all the amino acids the body needs, or incomplete, lacking one or more of the essential amino acids that the body can’t produce on its own. Learn more about good sources of protein as well as the danger of high-protein consumption in the following article.

Meat as a good source of protein

Not surprisingly, meat and eggs are a good source of complete protein. The protein derived from fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts is usually incomplete. Proper nutrition depends on finding a balance between the high protein content and the potentially dangerous high saturated fat content of beef and other red meat. There are several healthy sources of protein that are recommended for a balanced diet, including:

  • 3 ounces of lean meat or poultry (25 grams)
  • 1 cup of milk or yogurt (8 grams)
  • One serving of cereal, grains, nuts and vegetables (2 grams)

Watch out for high-protein foods

The recent advent of high-protein diets, heavy on red meat and low on carbohydrates, has given rise to a greater awareness of the potential health risks associated with a high-protein diet:

  • The recommended dietary allowance for saturated fat is 10 grams or less; protein from lean meat or vegetables can reduce the chance of cardiovascular disease
  • Proteins found in cow’s milk have been implicated in the development of juvenile Type 1 diabetes
  • Ingestion of excess red meat is linked to colon cancer
  • Excess protein ingestion releases acids neutralized by calcium which can lead to osteoporosis

Most people receive all the protein they need from the food they eat every day, but few understand the potential risks of a high-protein diet. Many anti-inflammatory foods, such as salmon and lean poultry, provide a healthier alternative. Be sure to always consult a doctor before committing to any type of weight management program, including a high-protein diet.

Surgical alternatives to repairing and regenerating tissue

If you are suffering from severe neck or back pain and are looking for a more permanent solution for tissue repair and regeneration after adding protein to your diet, Laser Spine Institute may be the answer. Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and has helped more than 75,000 patients find lasting relief. We offer a minimally invasive stem cell treatment known as RegenaDISC® for patients suffering from painful degenerative spinal discs in the neck or back.

If you are a candidate for this innovative procedure, the board-certified surgeons+ at Laser Spine Institute may be able to improve the health of the discs, reduce inflammation and delay the degenerative process by using your stem cells to repair and regenerate the damaged disc. This is done using a less than 1-inch incision and muscle-sparing techniques, which results in less bleeding and a lower risk of complication compared to traditional open neck or back surgery.^

Contact Laser Spine Institute today and request a no-cost MRI review* to learn if our outpatient procedures would be effective in repairing and regenerating your tissue.