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The structure and function of our bodies depend on proteins. Protein is an important component of every cell in the body. The name comes from the Greek word proteos, meaning ‘primary’ or ‘first place’.

We sometimes take it for granted that our wonderful bodies just ‘do stuff’ all the time. One of the keys to operating of the body is the heart. It beats about 101,000 times a day, about 3 billion times in a lifetime, and over that time it’ll pump 800 million pints of blood. 100,000 chemical reactions occur in the human brain every second and you breathe about 23,000 times a day. These are just some of the many things that make your body absolutely amazing — and it couldn’t do any of it without proper proteins. In fact the regulation of the body’s cells, tissues, and organs cannot happen without them.

Proteins are large molecules that our cells need to function properly. They consist of amino acids and are an important component of every cell in the body where they do most of their work and perform various jobs. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues, make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. It is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. Hair and nails are mostly made of protein.

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Welcome to our jam-packed July issue. It’s always around this time of year that our staff get a bit thin on the ground, as we all head off on our summer holidays. We’ve had team members head to Ibiza, Madrid and Bali, armed with lists and recommendations, all seeking sun, sea and delicious vegan food. So to make sure you have your best summer yet, we’ve rounded up our top holiday suggestions (p42), got your sun care (p44) and snacks covered (p48) and Will Rankin has some brilliant travel hacks guaranteed to make your trip runs smoothly (p50). Closer to home, we have taken an in-depth look at the state of British wildlife (p106). I can remember, as a girl, walking through woods and seeing a huge array of animals — moles poking their heads out of mounds, timid rabbits darting back to their burrows and ponds lined with frogs. A walk through the countryside, sadly, can feel very different now — our wildlife is in serious and rapid decline with 11 per cent of our woodland species threatened with extinction. We uncover the issues affecting British nature and talk with those trying to save it. I’m also really excited to introduce our hilarious new columnist Claire Thrift (p58), who tells us about how her family are winning this BBQ season. Have a great month

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