Today’s post features a few key takeaways from a recent Wellness Your Way podcast interview. Find the full episode here and be sure to subscribe to Wellness Your Way so you don’t miss future episodes!
Guest Bio: Angelo Keely
Angelo Keely is Co-founder and CEO of Kion, a company that offers premium, clean, research-backed supplements and foods that support a long and active life. He was born in Austin, Texas and was raised on a foundation of organic, mostly vegetarian, whole foods plus an array of supplements. After a series of traumatic events during his adolescence, Angelo dove headfirst into nutrition research, meditation, yoga, breathwork, cold/heat therapy, acupuncture, psychotherapy, and religious studies. With the dream of building the healthiest and most inspiring work culture at the heart of a fast-growth, consumer products company, Angelo co-founded Kion in 2017 in Boulder, Colorado.
Top Insights from Angelo Keely’s Interview
- Proteins are the fundamental building blocks of our body. They make up over half of the solid mass in our bodies including the liver, kidneys, heart, muscles, skin, hair, etc. Proteins also make up things like enzymes, hormones and are the original source of the metabolites for neurotransmitters.
- In our bodies, proteins only last for a certain amount of time. Proteins function well only for a short time before they need to be refreshed. They will then break down into individual components called amino acids.
- Muscle is the one source of amino acids in the body that we can spare. Lean muscle can be broken down to support other parts of the body that may need protein. It is the reservoir of amino acids for the rest of the body.
- There are 20 dietary amino acids that are used to build proteins in our body. Of these, there are 9 that are essential. They are deemed essential because we must get them from our diet since our bodies cannot create them. (I personally love Kion Aminos, try them here and get 10-20% off with code LYONS).
- The 9 essential amino acids are the ones that stimulate new protein synthesis. When consumed, it communicates to the body to start building new proteins and to complete muscle protein turnover. They are very crucial to the body for this reason.
- The recommended daily allowance of protein is around .4 grams per pound of body weight, but this is too low. This daily allowance is set to ensure there is healthy basic organ function, hair doesn’t start falling out, etc. A more optimal intake of protein would be around 1 gram per pound of body weight. If this seems hard, amino acids can be taken to supplement. To buy Kion Aminos, visit this link, and use code LYONS for 10-20% off!
- Having more muscle in your body will give you an overall higher metabolism. The protein in your body constantly turns over which is an energy-intensive process and requires calories to simply maintain it. When you are active on top of this, you burn calories through activity and also protein turnover so burning calories is amplified. So regardless of lying down or moving, you’ll burn more calories when you have more muscle.
Want to hear the full episode, including why protein is fundamental in our bodies, the importance of amino acids, why muscle is important as we age, and so much more?
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Now it’s your turn! What is one thing you learned from this interview?