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  1. Xndo Fragrant Fried Rice

    Ingredients 1 packet Xndo rice 1 clove garlic, finely chopped ½-inch fresh ginger, finely sliced 1 tbsp coconut oil ½ tbsp butter 1 egg, beaten ½ cup mixed vegetables, diced Salt and pepper to taste Optional: spring onion to garnish Directions Heat coconut oil and butter in a wok Over medium heat, add garlic and ginger and saute until fragrant Increase heat and add Xndo rice, toss to coat well Turn down to low heat and add vegetables. Mix well Add the egg, and toss the mixture to coat the rice well Season to taste with and pepper Remove from heat and plate Garnish and serve hot
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  2. 5 Signs You Lack Protein

    Protein is vital for living organisms. It provides the body with energy, helps it to recover, and keeps us satiated. It consists of long-chain amino acids which form the basis of muscle. There are 20 types of amino acids in the body. 11 are “non-essential” and produced by the body. The 9 others, categorised as “essential” amino acids, must be consumed from food.  Signs of protein deficiency can be characterised by a few telltale indicators. Muscle, bone, and joint pains Protein deficiency can cause muscle reduction, pains, and weakness. These are indicators of muscle and/or joint fluids breaking down to boost calories, rather than using the protein consumed to build and rebuild muscles, cells, and tissues. Slow healing Repairing and rebuilding new tissue, cells and skin require ample amounts of protein. Thus, prolonged healing from injury is a signal of protein deficiency. Trouble with hair, nails, and skin Our hair, nails and skin need protein to grow healthily. Thin hair that constantly falls out, peeling skin and nails, as well as brittle nails with vertical ridges are some initial signs that the body may not have enough protein. Brain fog A lack of protein can lead to unstable blood sugar levels. It may result in poor neurological functioning, such as short spurts of mental energy, mental fatigue, and brain fog. Struggling with weight loss Compared to carbohydrates, foods high in protein trigger the slow release of sugar into the bloodstream. Thus, satiety is increased substantially, reducing food cravings and overeating. Protein also helps to boost the body’s metabolism because it builds lean muscle that burns more calories. How Much Protein Is Adequate? Protein deficiency is uncommon in a diet with a range of whole foods. The minimum requirement of protein the average person should eat is 0.8 – 1.8g per kg of body weight. 0.36 grams per half a kilogram of body weight.  However, the suitable amount of protein intake is contingent on other factors, such as age, muscle mass, activity levels and health. Types of People at Risk of Protein Deficiency  The elderly: the body’s ability to digest and use protein efficiently drops as it ages Athletes: use more protein to build and repair muscle People recovering from an illness or injury: about 1.5 more protein is needed to heal injuries Those who are stressed: emotional, physical, and psychological stress leads to the release of stress hormones that elevate the rate of muscle and tissue breakdown. People on a diet to lose weight: studies show that regulating blood sugar and averting muscle breakdown for weight loss requires ample protein. People with digestive issues: digestive imbalances causes difficulties in digesting proteins efficiently. Weight gain, decreased immunity and protein deficiency can follow. An adequate level of stomach acid is necessary to digest protein. How to eat more protein  Eat whole foods such as meat, fish, chicken, eggs, whole grains, and vegetables. For vegetarians, incorporate beans, nuts, whole grains, lentils, soy, and vegetables into the diet. If you are finding if hard to eat enough protein, consider implementing protein powder supplements such as Xndo shakes.
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