Why do I need protein?
Protein is not just for muscle growth
Protein is considered the building block of life and is found in every cell of the body. When most people think of protein it usually conjures up images of gym goers drinking protein shakes to help them gain muscle, and whilst it's true that protein supports muscle growth and repair, there are many other reasons the body requires protein.
Protein is made up of amino acids that are attached to one another in long chains. There are 20 different kinds of amino acids, and the sequence in which the different amino acids are arranged helps determine the role of that particular protein.
Amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, are also the building blocks of important chemical messengers in the body involved in many different body functions and these rely on adequate protein intake. For example...
- Neurotransmitters in the brain such as serotonin (our happy hormones) and dopamine (in charge of reward and motivation) both require amino acids for their synthesis
- Enzymes Every chemical reaction in the body relies on enzymes. All enzymes are made up of proteins. These include the enzymes involved in detoxification in the liver, and digestion in the gut.
- Hormones – many of our hormones such as insulin and progesterone, are in fact, proteins.
- Immune System: perhaps one the most intricate and complex systems of the body and host to a multitude of different cells, molecules and chemical messengers that work together to defend the body against infection and keep us well. Research has shown that a deficiency of protein compromises the immune system and can deplete immune cells.
- Hemoglobin is a protein that transports the blood around the body.
- Skin, hair and nails – did you know that collagen, (that stuff that keeps your skin looking plump and youthful) is a protein? Our bones, cartilage, and many other structures of the body is made up of different proteins namely collagen, elastin and keratin.
Who needs protein and how much?
Why plant protein?
- Variety of nutrients – plants contain higher levels of other nutrients such as minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and other phytochemicals which are very important to our health.
- Less acidic to the body – Plant foods are rich in minerals and so have a higher pH. Read more on the importance of alkalising the body here.
- Low in cholesterol and saturated fat and high in heart healthy plant sterols.
- High in fibre – unlike animal proteins which contain little to no fibre.
- Avoidance of additional hormones and antibiotics that find their way through animal farming and into meat.
- Environmentally friendly – animal agriculture has an enormous impact on the environment including huge consumption of land and water and the production of greenhouse gasses.
- Lower risk of health problems – Much research has shown that eating a plant based diet lowers your risk of a multitude of diseases.
Ingredients & nutritionals
How is organic different from conventional?
In the face of climate change, diet related ill-health and widespread decline in wildlife, the need to change our food systems has never been greater.
There are many benefits of organic food and farming. Organic farming is a whole system approach that nurtures the soil, biodiversity and our planet. It’s underpinned by simplicity, and is about so much more than just food that’s free from synthetic chemicals. As well as banning artificial fertilisers and pesticides that can harm our bodies, it feeds into a holistic way of life that connects the farmers and you to soil health, plant diversity, environmental protection and great health.
Organic principles are nothing new – until the 1950s, all the food we ate was organically produced. It’s organic food that should be considered ‘normal’, rather than the factory-farmed, agrochemical stuff that’s only been on our shelves for the last 70 years!
And the reasons for eating organic food, and supporting organic farmers, growers and suppliers, are becoming more compelling than ever.
What’s so great about eating Organic?
- More nutrients
- Its nutritionally different to conventional foods
- No chemical nasties
- Supports Ecosystems and Wildlife
- It helps fight climate change
Choosing Organic - certification stamps to look out for
Do all of the BodyMe products contain the finest organic, wholefood ingredients in the world?
Why do you use three different proteins in all your protein products?
Can your protein powders, bars and bites help me lose weight?
Are your protein powders sweetened?
Are your protein powders eg Cacao and Coconut blend, flavoured?
Is there caffeine in the protein powders?
What is the source of sugars in your protein bars?
We love to keep it organic and natural, as close to the raw food as possible. We believe this is healthier and better for your body. This means we don't use highly processed ingredients to try and manipulate the nutritional profile. As such our bars and bites will contain naturally occurring un-refined sugars, in similar amounts to those found in a small apple.
The main source of the naturally occurring sugars is from the organic dates and organic coconut nectar. Organic dates are added for their high fibre content, rich antioxidant benefit, natural sweetness and they have a low Glycemic Index helping regulate blood sugar too (They also help give our Bars the lovely brownie/fudge like texture). Organic coconut nectar is added for its natural sweetness and low Glycemic index of approx 35 compared to processed syrups which typically have a GI of over 65!
I am getting a slight graininess from the protein powders, is this normal?
Where are your ingredients sourced from?
Organic hemp seed protein – UK and EU
Organic hemp seeds – EU
Organic pea protein – China
Organic brown rice protein – China
Organic cashew nuts – Vietnam
Organic dates – Tunisia
Organic coconut nectar – Philippines
Organic coconut milk powder – Vietnam
Organic cacao and cacao nibs – Peru
Organic maca - Peru
Organic ceylon cinnamon – Sri Lanka
Organic acai berry – Brazil
Organic ashwagandha – India
Organic beetroot – Italy
Organic blueberry – Chile
Organic chaga and reishi mushroom – China
Organic chia seeds – Paraguay
Organic chlorella and spirulina – China
Organic coconut – Sri Lanka
Organic coconut oil – Philippines
Organic wheatgrass – Germany
Organic goji berries – China
Organic matcha green tea – Japan
Organic moringa – India
Organic turmeric – India
Organic vanilla extract – Madagascar
Organic orange and lemon oils – Italy
Organic peppermint oil – India
Organic prebiotic inulin – Mexico
Organic black pepper – Vietnam
Organic carob – Spain
Organic cranberry – Canada
Organic ginger – China
Organic mango – Thailand
Organic rosehip – EU
Organic flaxseed – UK
Organic raspberry – EU
Who Are BodyMe Products For?
Who can enjoy BodyMe?
Can I enjoy BodyMe products if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
Are you Informed Sport approved?
Where to buy BodyMe?
Can I find you in my local gym or nutrition store?
How to enjoy
How do I use your protein powders?
- Adding to fruit and veg smoothies.
- Mixing into recipes and baking.
- Adding to breakfast cereal or porridge.
- Blending with nut milks, coconut water, and juices.
- Blending with a banana and 300ml water or nut milk (remember to sweeten to your taste).
- Baking with eg. pancakes, banana bread, power bites.
Can I shake your protein powders with just water?
Can I heat my protein?
How do I use your superfoods?
- Adding to fruit and veg smoothies.
- Mixing into recipes and baking.
- Adding to breakfast cereal or porridge.
Storage & shelf life
What is the shelf life of your protein powders?
What is the shelf life of your superfood blends?
What is the shelf life of your protein bars?
What is the shelf life of your protein bites?
Pack sizes & number of serves
How many servings are there in your Protein Powders?
How many servings are there in your Superfood Powders?
- Organic vegan reds / greens / golds powder - 9g (approx 1 heaped teaspoon) per serving and there are 30 servings per pouch.
- Organic vegan omegas powder - 27g (approx 2 heaped teaspoons) per serving and there are 30 servings per pouch.
How are the products made
Do you make and blend all your products?
Are your products raw processed?
How is the protein extracted for your protein powders?
- ORGANIC HEMP PROTEIN: The organic hemp protein is produced from the hemp seed, which is de-shelled, cold-pressed (to remove the seed oil) and finally milled into a fine protein rich powder.
- ORGANIC PEA PROTEIN: The organic pea protein is produced by solvent-free extraction from yellow split peas using a process of gentle purification, concentration, drying then powderisation.
- ORGANIC SPROUTED BROWN RICE PROTEIN: The organic sprouted brown rice protein is produced through a wet milling process including fermentation, wet milling, filtration, enzymatic separation to separate the protein from whole grain brown rice then finally drying into a fine powder.
What kind of quality control procedures do you have in place for making your products?
Although we are a relatively small production set up, we have the highest levels of quality control, full SALSA accreditation and stringent measures in place to create the finest range of products.
All ingredients are sourced from the best, approved organic suppliers and we are fully accredited to soil association standards.
Shipping & returns
We now work with a new, carbon offset, shipping partner DPD so that we can offer next day delivery guaranteed, with a timeslot sent to you on the day.
- Orders over £40 - Free
- Orders under £40 - £3.99
- Sample pack order - £1.99
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- Orders over £70 - Free
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- Sample pack order - £2.99
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- Orders over £100 - Free
- Orders under £100 - £9.99
- Sample pack order - £4.99
We offer a 100% no risk money back guarantee.
Order with confidence. If our products do not meet your expectations, we can arrange a collection of the products within 30 days and will process a full refund.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your order number and a brief reason why the products are not suitable.
Setting up a subscription
What are the benefits of subscribing?
- 25% discount off all products
- Access to exclusive offers and launches
- Free UK delivery (over £40)
- Automatic deliveries
- Complete flexibility to cancel or amend at any time
How does your product subscription work?
Do I get free shipping when I sign up to a subscription?
Loyalty club & rewards
How do I access my BodyMe Points/Rewards?
How do I claim my Rewards?
Does the reward work with subscriptions?
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Which charity do you donate to?
We currently work with and donate to Rainforest Concern to sponsor and help extend and protect areas in the Choco-Andean Rainforest Corridor Project in northwest Equador and the great biodiversity in this region.
Here is a link to all of the great work that they do to protect ecosystems around the world https://www.rainforestconcern.org/projects
Do your powders contain a plastic scoop?
Are your pouches plastic free?
We use a kraft paper outer layer with a fine foil inner, due to the food grade requirement of keeping our powders and bars as fresh as can be.
We are currently reviewing and testing our packaging across the range with new developments in this area, new technologies and opportunities to improve this further, launching soon.