With 2020 officially here I thought i would shed some light on the most impressive plant on the planet....Hemp. Don't believe me? This blog is dedicated to making you a believer. We will cover all topics related to Hemp from its ability to optimize your health, to building your home with its fibers and even removing radioactive waste from our soil ( really, it can). Today we will focus on the benefit of consuming hemp and how us humans need it more than ever.
I have been a certified Personal Trainer for 8 years now and my wife is a Physicians Assistant for about 10 years. One thing we have spoken too often about is the diet and lifestyle of people she treats at her hospital and I train. For the most part, the diets are one in the same and they consistently lack key components that can keep a host of diseases at bay. It's the hardest part of everyone's healthy lifestyle....keeping a clean, plant rich , nutrient dense diet. Just eat real food, right? In today's world that seems to be an ever increasing tough task. Here's how Hemp hits three birds with one stone with what I call " The Big 3 " . These are 3 critical pillars the average American is missing in their diets.
- Fiber - How often do we get the recommended intake of fiber? With diabetes effecting more than 31 million Americans and 1.5 million new cases reported every year , the need for fiber in our diets ( fiber helps buffer sugar spikes) has never been great. How does Hemp come through where other plants don't? One serving of Hemp protein powder can provide up to 48% of your daily fiber need. Some people may find fiber talk as geriatric or boring but finding ways to get more fiber into your day to day diet is a game changer. Hemp's fiber can help balance gut bacteria and stop sugar cravings while also keeping you regular (grandma approves)
- Omega 3's & 6's - You may see this and think fish oils and salmon. Those are good choices to increase your uptake but what's the sustainability of these sources in the long run? Hemp contains the perfect 3:1 ratio of omega 3 & 6. Although it is different types of Omegas ( Linoleic acid and a-linoleic acid ) it delivers massive benefits for heart and brain health as well as anti inflammatory effects. It does so by providing EFA's ( essential fatty acids). Extensive studies have demonstrated that many common illnesses are related to deficiencies or imbalances of specific fatty acids in the body.From improving your immune system to optimizing cell functions across your body , hemp can provide the polyunsaturated fats ( healthy fats) you need.
- A truly clean protein source - Think about it. How often do you consume a protein source that is grown in the US , takes 30% less water to grow than soy and corn , and the plant itself can then be used to build a home or make clothing? Hemp also contains all nine essential amino acids , extremely rare in plant based proteins, making it a complete protein source.In addition to being a complete protein, hemp protein also contains branched chain amino acids (BCAAs). Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine make up about 20% of hemp protein and they are scientifically proven to up tick protein synthesis and aid in post workout recovery.Hemp protein is also easy to digest with up to 98% of its amino acid profile digestible. Can that be said about other protein powders?( I'm looking at you, Whey)
The breakdown: In a nutshell ( lame pun?) , Hemp can really fill the dietary gaps that are wrecking havoc in countless people's lives today. Consistently eat a mostly plant based, fiber and omega rich diet and we will see vast improvements in our health. Beyond food, we have a plant that can make its mark in several sectors such as the textile , construction , and even automotive industries. I will write a separate article soon on this topic but in the meantime....hemp protein is King!
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