Are you eating more protein than needed?



Protein is awesome. It’s essential for maintaining a lean, healthy body composition. Our bodies simply wouldn't be able to build and repair its cells without protein. Protein is made up of amino acids that are the building blocks of body tissues, including muscles, blood vessels, hair, skin, and nails. It's also involved in the production of enzymes and hormones that help the body to function normally. But anything in excess than what our body requires is doing no good to our health. Are you eating too much protein? Here are some signs that you could be taking in more than what is required.

One of the major signs is that your cholesterol levels slowly but steadily are rising. According to a research, it could very well have to do with the amount of protein you’re eating. Also the fact that you see that you start gaining weight. If you're eating excess animal protein or downing protein shakes this is bound to happen. Meat often means extra fat and also calories. And many protein shakes have added sugar to make them taste better. Over time, too many excess calories, no matter from fat, sugar, or protein, will cause weight gain. To shift your meals in a healthier direction, aim for balanced meals that include lean protein, whole grains, fruit and vegetables.

Low energyis another major problem we see with ultra-high protein diets. Your brain needs carbs in all their sugary, starchy glory to stimulate the production of the mood-regulating hormone serotonin. Strip them from your diet, and you're more likely to feel grouchy, irritable. Bad breath is something that’s often accompanied by high-protein, low-carb diets. Low carb intake causes bad breath due to ketosis. According research when we don’t eat enough carbs, the body gets energy from fats and protein and this process causes bad breath.

Another issue is indigestion and kidney problem. The fact that protein is hard to digest makes it great for weight loss. But this advantage is also a curse. Our stomachs can’t process excess protein, especially from animal sources. As a result, eating too much protein can cause constipation, nausea and indigestion. One of the waste products created by the kidneys during the filtering process is blood urea nitrogen. Researchers and physicians use blood urea nitrogen levels to evaluate kidney function, and it's also a measure of how hydrated a person is.  It's important to pay attention to this sign specifically, as kidney stones can also be caused by a high-protein diet. Depending on other factors, when you put your kidneys into overdrive, the risk of kidney stones increases for those who are already prone because of particular issues with absorbing specific forms of calcium, mostly from leafy greens, surprisingly enough.

- Divya