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Proteins are the basic building blocks of the body.  Including protein as a part of daily nutrition is important since our bodies are constantly shedding old cells and using protein to build new ones to replace them.  The only cells that are not sloughed off and replenished are nerve cells.  That why protecting your brain and other parts of your nervous system is so important; they can't be replaced!

Meat and dairy products such as cheese and milk are important sources of protein.  Other sources of protein include legumes (like beans and peas), vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, tofu and soy milk.

Protein deficiency can lead to symptoms of malnutrition including abnormal growth and development, lack of nail and hair growth and impaired healing of wounds.

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