Protein is the building block of the muscles and is also found in foods that burn fat and boost the metabolism. As a matter of fact, protein is the fuel that supports all the cells and tissues and there is nothing more important than this nutrient!
Proteins are utilized every day to keep the body running smoothly. Since they are used to develop and maintain each part of our bodies, they are continuously being broken down and need a regular replacement.
Eating too little protein compromises this replacement and causes symptoms like muscle, joint, and bone pain; trouble losing weight; a sluggish metabolism; low energy levels and fatigue; poor concentration and trouble learning; trouble building muscle mass; mood swings and moodiness; low immunity; slow wound healing; and blood sugar changes.
9 SIGNS THAT YOUR BODY ISN’T GETTING ENOUGH PROTEIN
1. YOU HAVE HIGH CHOLESTEROL
High cholesterol and triglyceride levels are not only caused by the consumption of fatty foods, but are also often a result of hormonal imbalances, increased inflammation, and high sugar diets. Those who tend to swap protein foods with sugary snacks, packaged goods, and refined carbs, are at an increased risk of compromised liver function and high cholesterol.
2. YOU’RE FEELING MORE ANXIOUS AND MOODY
Amino acids are the building blocks for neurotransmitters which are in charge of controlling the mood. Proteins aid the brain synthesis of hormones like serotonin and dopamine, both of which promote feelings of positivity, calmness, and excitement.
3. YOUR WORKOUTS ARE SUFFERING
As already discussed earlier, protein is needed to build new muscle mass and to maintain energy and motivation. Diet that is low in protein may lead to fatigue, muscle wasting, and fat gain. As a matter of fact, you can exercise more, but with less results.
4. YOU AREN’T SLEEPING WELL
Insomnia and poor sleep are often associated with unstable blood sugar levels, a decrease in serotonin production, and a rise in cortisol. Blood sugar swings throughout the day continue through the night. Carbs require more insulin than fat or protein. Eating protein- rich foods before bed can aid serotonin and tryptophan production, with a minimal effect on blood glucose levels.
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