Signs Your Body is Not Getting Enough Protein

by - Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Hair and nails are mostly made of protein. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.

Not only does it help our bodies recover from wounds and injuries, it also boosts energy and keeps us feeling full. But for those following a plant-based or vegetarian diet, sometimes extra effort can be required to make sure your body is getting enough of this vital nutrient.

It is particularly important to make sure you’re getting enough protein. Protein is not only important for muscles, it has many fundamental roles, including for our immune system, for making hormones, and for making haemoglobin that carries oxygen around our body.”
But how do we know we’re getting enough protein? Here are the signs you need to look out for.
  • Depression or Low Mood- Protein is broken down into amino acids which are then used to make alot of vital substances like neurotransmitters. These natural chemicals are very vital for our brain and nervous system and some also have a direct effect on our mood. If you don't get enough protein, your production of serotonin may be reduced, contributing massively to your low mood.
  • An Injury that takes longer than expected to heal- When your body tries to heal a wound, it creates stress hormones and diverts extra resources including carbohydrates, fats and proteins to create new tissue. If this takes longer than expected, your body compensates by sending additional protein to deal with the wound and in the process deprives other organs of the vital nutrient leaving the body protein-deficient.
  • Swollen Ankles- This is a sign of Protein deficiency. Swollen ankle or oedema; this happens because proteins in our blood are responsible for keeping enough fluid in the blood vessels efficiently. Instead it stays in the tissues causing swelling especially in the lower legs, ankles and feet. This is why it is very essential to keep your protein intake up to avoid illnesses like this.
  • Hair Loss- When you notice more hair coming out when you shower or your hair starts to get thin, or most likely all over the head rather than in patches or hairline, it is most likely you  are  low in Protein. Our hair is made up primarily of Protein especially protein called Keratin. And hair is also the least important protein structure in the body so when protein intake is low, it is allocated instead to more important factors such as keeping our immune system active. This is why Hair Loss may be one of the signs of low protein intake.
  • Weak Immune System- Protein is used to keep the physical barriers in our body such as the skin and the mucous membranes intact in order to keep germs out. If you do notice that you are coming down with a cold or seem susceptible to infections, low protein could be the cause.

Remedy & Cure
1. Increase your protein intake with meat, or at least three servings a day of eggs and high-quality dairy foods if you are a vegetarian. Barns said: “For vegans, protein intake comes from beans and pulses, nuts and seeds, as well as vegetables and whole grains. Including a broad variety of these plant proteins every day is vital.”
2. Try a plant-based protein powder. “For vegetarians – and especially vegans – or those who have a low appetite, struggle to digest protein foods, or are on a weight-loss diet, then a plant-based protein powder can be a great option,” Barns said. “They are easy to digest and, in the case of those trying to lose weight, can be kept low-calorie.”
3. Track your protein intake. Shona Wilkinson, a nutritionist at SuperfoodUK, said: “If you’re recovering from illness, injury or surgery, or if you’re highly stressed, then tracking your protein intake using any of the helpful online tracking tools or apps can be a great first start.
“I would advise aiming for around 1.2 grams of protein per kilo of body weight as a start.

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  1. "Increase your protein intake with meat, or at least three servings a day of eggs and high-quality dairy foods if you are a vegetarian." I agree with these words but without you cannot make a beautiful body.