Protein deficiency causes depression, fatigue, infection and worse.
Symptom Quiz & Video
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Are You Getting Enough Protein?
(Especially If You're a Vegetarian?)
Q u i z !
Which of These 31 Protein Deficiency Warning Symptoms Do You Actually Have?
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How Much is Enough?
Protein is a macromolecule.
So how much DO we need?
Most Americans eat about 90 grams per day.
A rough, easy way to calculate the grams you should try to get every day is to divide your body weight by two.
And if you decide to go through our 8 Week Turbo Chart Makeover we’ll show you exactly how to measure the amount of food you need for each meal such as protein, carbs and fats.
One meal’s worth of protein turns out to be the amount that covers the palm of your hand.
It’s important to not overdose, though and many doctors are now advising their patients to cut down on it by at least 15% and to switch to plant sources.
- forces your body to boost its metabolic rate which can strain your liver
- leaves behind nitrogen wastes which strains your kidneys and can cause urinary tract infections
- is very bad for diabetics since it can catapult them into critical kidney disease
- can also lead to high cholesterol
- if your it isn’t all used up for energy it will be converted by your liver and stored as fat;
- overdosing keeps your immune system too fired up and can be very wearing and can lead to slow healing
- overdosing can also put your fluids out of whack and cause calcium and other minerals to be washed out of your body in your urine
- too much animal protein is one of the causes people lose important minerals
- this sometimes leads to cardiac disease and cancers such as renal and lympho-sarcomas.
- too much can cause your body to extract and excrete calcium from your blood
- this can lead to osteoporosis.
For example, the meat-based diet of Eskimos contains twice the required daily allowance of calcium, but even so, they have more osteoporosis than anyone else in the world.
Women Require More
Women require more protein per pound of weight than men and women seem to best absorb lean kinds such as that in fish, legumes and whole grains.
All Tissues are
Made of Protein
This macromolecule makes up all the tissues in your body. So it’s very important.
Low Immune System
When your levels are too low it means that your hormones, enzymes and antibodies may be unable to function properly. And your immune system may not be able to protect you the way it is supposed to.
Your body is largely water and this macromolecule helps regulate the all the critical fluid pressures throughout your body and also ensures the degree of acidity or alkalinity of your blood.
This macromolecule is the only substance that can perform all these tasks - there is absolutely nothing else that will work.
Not Eating Enough
or Not Digesting?
Some people have a deficiency because they don’t eat enough of this macromolecule - others eat plenty but their bodies aren’t digesting it properly. Either way it becomes a deficiency.
Check your chart to see if your underactive stomach score is high. If it is, it may be that you’re not digesting this macromolecule properly so be sure to follow these recommendations too.
Our Muscles are Made of It
Besides water, the most plentiful part of our body is this macromolecule. It’s what our muscles are made of, our blood, our skin, hair, our nails and our brains and hearts – without protein they cannot function.
Antibodies Need Protein
Also, the enzymes required for antibody and immune response are made of these important macromolecules.
Needed to Heal
As well, we all need this macromolecule to heal.
Amino Acids are Critical
It needs amino acids, they act like its building blocks - and together they control bodily functions like growth, metabolism and sexual development, at the most basic hormonal level. So check your amino acid score.
Blood Can't Clot
Blood can’t clot without it and all other body tissues are critically dependent on it for life.
Sources for Meat Eaters
- about 6g of protein/egg (easy to digest)
- and other dairy foods which also have beneficial calcium
- casein and whey protein combined
- Fish and other seafoods
- Soy foods
Sources for Plant Eaters
(No Meat, Fish or Eggs)
- best sources of it are from food
- supplements are also available, usually in the form of powders, that you can sprinkle on your food.
- Some powders are quite expensive so shop around and try to find one that is hydrolysed (pre-digested) and doesn’t have a lot of added sugar.
- Whey protein powder is a very good substitute for animal sources.
- Whey has been shown to strengthen healthy cells in cancer patients, sometimes shrink tumors and generally improve their quality of life.
- goat’s milk protein is an option for those unable to tolerate whey or soy might try.
- remember that although your body can create complete macromolecules from incomplete plant sources it still needs the right combinations of the right types of plant sources to make that complete version.
- Rice and beans are a good example since black beans or soy beans have as much or even more of this macromolecule than beef.
- So it’s necessary to eat a variety of plant sources in order to be healthy and actually, most vegetarians can get away with eating less of this macromolecule than meat eaters and still easily meet their required daily allowances.
- Check the food combining page for examples.
- Here are some other good plant sources that not only have this important macromolecul but also EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids):
- soy foods
- whole grains
- green leafy vegetables
- cruciferous vegetables such as:
- the Sea greens superfoods are great sources, too:
- Blue-green algae
- Nutritional yeast is a very good source not only of protein but also amino acids, the B vitamins and minerals. It is great for your immune system
- the chromium in nutritional yeast because it:
- reduces cholesterol
- helps healing
- greatly improves your blood sugar metabolism
- Sprouts, which greatly helps your immune system and protect you from toxins, are not only are full of this macromolecule but also have lots of other nutrients such as:
- Raw, un-roasted, unsalted seeds are also excellent sources, such a:
- sunflower seeds
- a spoonful of sunflower seed protein powder gives you 9 grams to start the day) or
- flax seeds
- sesame seeds
- hemp seeds
- chia seeds
- But the above seeds and almonds have to be raw because roasting them ruins their enzyme inhibitors, which makes them harder to digest.
- And of course, only eat unsalted nuts and seeds.
Diet Only Source
Our bodies don’t make the macromolecule, though – the only way to get it is from your diet. But most people can get enough of this macromolecule from an average diet and only people with acute malnutrition have dangerously low protein levels.
If You Don't Eat Meat
Even if you don’t eat meat you can get lots of this macromolecule from foods such as tofu, lentils, nuts, seeds and grains or peas, etc.
If you live a high-stress lifestyle you’ll need more of this macromolecule than usual, just to replace your body’s tissues that have been worn down or worn out by stress.
22 Amino Acids
It takes combinations of 22 amino acids to make this macromolecule. We’ve always known that animal sources are a complete source of it while plant sources are not.
from Plant Sources
In the past this was thought to be a problem but now we know that the body, after it extracts amino acids from our blood, breaks those amino acids down and redistributes them to make complete versions of this macromolecule. So even if we’re eating a meal consisting only of incomplete plant sources our bodies are able to use it to produce the complete version it needs, as long as we eat plant sources in the right combinations.