Protein & Sports Nutrition
Proteins are linear combinations of amino acids that are needed in every process within the cells of a living organisms. For example: Growth and repair of our muscles, bones, tendons, the skin, and other tissues. In sports we often often only care about muscular development and recovery. That's why protein supply is so important for many athletes. The more intensive your training routine, the more protein you need. But you can also overload your body with protein, which can lead to nitrogen excess and harm your kidneys. There are 20 different amino acids, 8 of which are essential. Essential amino acids are amino acids our organism cannot synthesize on its own. If you eat meat (fish, pork, etc.) eggs and milk from time to time, you are usually consuming all of them in a balanced and healthy combination. Unfortunately a vegetable or a fruit never contains all 8 essential amino acids at once. That's why vegetarians have to find smart combinations in order to supply their bodies with all the essential amino acids. At the nutrition main page you can find more sports nutrition related articles.