10-Ways Your Body Is Telling You That You Aren’t Eating Enough Protein

Protein  

Greek word proteios, meaning “primary” or “holding the first place

Due to popular diets: Keto, Atkins, Vegan, Low-Carb – the collective dietary attention is on fats and carbs.

But should it be?

While fats and carbs are important, are they more important than a food group that translates in Greek to “Primary Importance”?

I think not…. 

And maybe I am guilty myself of talking, writing and doing videos that focus on good carbs vs bad carbs more often than discussing the impressive and necessary benefits of protein.

That is why I wanted to share with you how and why protein must be considered first when it comes to human nutrition.
Here are 10-signs that you may be low in protein.

1. Slow wound healing

Protein is required for wound healing—and when lacking, wound healing is compromised, collagen formation is impaired, and wounds can also worsen.”

2. Weak immune system, such as frequent infections

“It is well known that protein malnutrition impairs immune function. The mechanism for this has to do with the roles that amino acids have in forming antibodies—aka proteins—and regulating immune responses.”

3. Muscle loss (sarcopenia)

“This is typically age-related, but can occur at any age due to malnutrition, eating disorders, disease, and so on. In general, we lose muscle mass as we age. Protein requirements for adults increase after age 70 and exercise is also needed to help maintain muscle.”

4. Weakened bone strength

“This can lead to more fractures, particularly in the elderly. Collagen formation, support, and repair at various stages of life are impaired by protein deficiency, as is muscle mass, and the two work together!”

5. Hair loss

“This may be related to iron status, which is a common micronutrient deficiency resulting from a lack of protein foods in the diet—particularly meat and whole eggs.”
6. Brittle nails and dry skin

“Typically seen in more severe protein deficiency, but not uncommon in elderly as well.”

7. Increased hunger and food cravings

“When not consuming enough protein, it is common to have cravings as the body triggers appetite in order to get what it needs.”

8. Fatigue and weakness

“Protein is a macronutrient, meaning it supplies energy to the body. When a person is protein and calorie-restricted, weakness and fatigue often are the first signs.”

9. Mood changes

“Most people have heard of at least one amino acid, tryptophan, as it is a precursor to the neurotransmitter, serotonin. Other amino acids are also required to make neurotransmitters. When deprived of protein, the supply of amino acids is limited and/or lacking and negatively impacts our brain function by limiting the body’s ability to synthesize neurotransmitters.”

10. Poor sleep or insomnia

“Again related to the amino acid tryptophan—studies have shown that increasing tryptophan intake improved sleep in adults with sleep disturbances.”

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