ASK THE EXPERT – As seen in the Surprise Independent, April 15, 2015

Headshot - Rhonda Zonoozi - Sun Health Center For Health & WellnessAlthough most American adults eat sufficient protein, many seniors do not.

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Adequate protein intake is essential for promoting healthy muscles. A registered dietitian can provide you with an individualized plan for protein intake. Protein-rich foods include eggs, low-fat milk and cottage cheese, fish, chicken, tuna, peanut butter, hummus and beans.

Sun Health offers nutrition consultations at The Center for Health & Wellbeing.

Instead of taking in large portions of protein at one meal, it is advised to take smaller amounts of protein at each meal and in snacks. Several studies have demonstrated greater strength and muscle gains when extra protein is consumed just before or right after the weight workout.

If you have kidney problems, ask doctor before increasing your protein intake.

Rhonda Zonoozi is an exercise physiologist and certified health & wellness coach at the Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing in Surprise.

Information provided in the section is from a multidisciplinary team of Sun Health professionals at the Center for Health and Wellbeing, based in Surprise, Arizona. However, it should not be a substitute for medical advice from your physician. To submit a question for consideration, email besunhealthy@sunhealth.org.

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