Protein, are you getting enough?
Chances are you are not getting enough protein in your daily life and without you knowing it's protein, it is impacting you in other ways.
Increasing my daily intake of protein has helped me with reducing my sweet tooth by balancing my blood sugar levels, and most importantly with supporting more healthy iron levels. If you have experienced the perils of low iron levels then you certainly understand how great that is!!
So if it helped me, possibly some information maybe helpful for you.
If you are eating 3 meals a day and some snacks, the chances are that you are not eating enough protein.
Have a look at some of the signs below and then check in with yourself to find out how much you are really consuming. When protein is lacking it often leaves its mark on the skin, hair and nails, which are largely made of protein. You might notice thinning hair, peeling skin, and ridges in your nails which are some of the first signs your body may not be getting enough.
Here are some of the other signs you might need to review how much protein you are consuming.
#1 - You are having issues with your Iron levels
Iron which comes in two forms, heme and non-heme is a major component of hemoglobin a type of protein that makes red blood cells. Iron is stored in the body as ferritin, and is delivered throughout the body by transferrin - a protein in blood that binds to iron. In order for your body to be able to create the hemoglobin and move the iron throughout your body you need adequate protein.
#2 - You are losing muscle mass
If protein is in short supply, the body tends to take protein from skeletal muscles to preserve more important tissues and body functions which may then result in muscles wasting, especially in elderly people.
"A lack of protein can make you lose muscle mass, which in turn cuts your strength, makes it harder to keep your balance".
#3 - You are fighting fatigue
Inadequate protein over time can lead to anemia which leaves you feeling tired or fatigued.
#4 - Your metabolism slows down
When you loose muscle tone as a result of not eating enough protein your resting energy expenditure (REE) will go down because it is directly related to how much muscle mass your body has.
#5 - You are out of breath easily
If you are not eating enough protein and you are low in iron, your blood maybe not be producing enough hemoglobin which carries oxygen in the blood from the lungs to all the cells in the body so they can work properly. When your blood is lacking in oxygen it may be leaving you feeling fatigued and with a feeling of being out of breath.
#5 - You heal slowly
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and they are used by in the immune system during infection and illness to help us recover.
#7 - Low libido
If you are not getting enough protein, it may result in low testosterone levels which can cause a decline in sexual function.
The good news is that you can monitor your intake of protein to ensure that you are getting an adequate amount that is right for you. There are slightly different recommended daily intakes for men and women, along with differing advice from different sources.
What is important, is to understand how your body feels. Nobody knows that better than you do. If something doesn't feel right, then trust yourself and keep seeking more information until you have the solution you feel comfortable with.
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