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Sure Signs You’re Not Having Enough Proteins

What are proteins and why are they so important for your health? Well, they’re a fuel that keeps your body running, and if the body doesn’t have enough fuel, it will slow down. Protein is a component of every cell in your body and thanks to them, your body builds and repairs tissues, makes body chemicals, and build bones and muscle.

Something that is important to remember is that your body doesn’t store proteins like it does fat and carbohydrates. Therefore, your diet should be rich in protein to give your body what it needs. Luckily, a lot of foods such as milk, eggs, beans, soy, fish, and meat are rich in protein.

“I find that protein wakes up my brain and gets me ready for the rest of my day.”  — Marisa Tomei 

How much protein do we need on a daily basis?

Each person is unique, and therefore it’s impossible to say the exact amount of proteins you need; it depends on your age, gender, body weight, and how much you exercise. The recommended daily minimum intake of protein for adults who are average in weight and activity level is 56 grams for men and 46 grams. Of corse, this is not enough for someone who is more physically active, ill, or pregnant.

Signs you’re not eating enough protein

 Weak muscles

If your muscles become suddenly weaker than usual, that could be a sign. Once the body does not get enough fuel (proteins), the muscles suffer and start to weaken over time. In addition to that, protein plays a role in how your body absorbs calcium and iron, which are important for muscle health.

 Dry and brittle hair

Has your hair lost its shine? Is it getting split ends and just looks unhealthy? Well, protein is important for all cells, including hair follicles. Your hair requires protein so it could grow healthily. However, if your body lacks protein, it starts conserving the little in has, resulting in dry and brittle hair, and sometimes even hair loss.

 Weak nails

Just like hair, weak and brittle nails are one of the first signs you don’t have enough protein.

 Food cravings

People mostly crave sweets when they aren’t eating the recommended dose of protein. Often, these cravings can’t be satisfied, so your blood sugar will rise, and you will often feel hungry. On the other hand, your body digests protein slower and makes you full for a longer period of time. Therefore, it makes you crave certain foods less.

 Water retention

With symptoms such as swollen ankles and a puffy face, it is highly uncomfortable. Proteins have an important role in keeping water from accumulating in tissues by holding salt and water in the blood vessels.

 Weakened immune system

A diet low in protein can make you more susceptible to illnesses. Protein keeps your immune system in check because immune cells are made from proteins, including antibodies, blood proteins, and blood cells. If you don’t have enough protein in your body, your immune system will weaken, making your body a perfect breeding place for bacteria.

 A bad sleep schedule

Your brain controls all of the hormones in your body, including the hormones that are essential for a good night’s sleep. If you don’t have enough protein intake, you will experience hormonal imbalance, affecting your sleep.

 ‘Brain fog’

Having “Brain fog” means that you have poor concentration, lack of motivation and difficulties in learning new things. If the brain doesn’t have enough protein, it can’t produce enough dopamine, epinephrine, and serotonin, which are all a vital part of making your brain work smoothly

 Irregular menstrual cycles

A balanced diet is an important thing to anyone’s heath, but a woman’s health also influences her menstrual cycle. Protein deficiency can lead to an irregular menstrual cycle. Also, other symptoms include fatigue, excess inflammation, and weight gain. All these factors lead to a disruption of hormones.

 Mood swings

Since proteins normalize blood sugar levels, lack of them will cause moodiness and grumpiness. If you don’t have a stable sugar level, you will most likely experience highs and lows in your moods. Protein also produces dopamine, which makes you happy.

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