Protein Deficiency: The Hidden Signs

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The products can be costly. The cost of weight loss meal replacement shakes is always a factor. Glucose, a monosaccharide, is the most abundant sugar molecule and is the preferred energy source for the brain. Hi, Than you for such a interesting article. After leaving home and deciding to try red meat, my health dropped into the toilet faster than a wet shit. Even then there is a weird after taste.

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Christina, That sounds more like a B12 deficiency. Look up the symptoms for this and have your blood tested along with D vitamin levels. Her skin is very dry and itchy which keeps her awake at night scratching, how do I go in putting proteins back into her so the itching and the painful joints go away.

Looking forward to some solution to help get her back on her feet and feel better. Soak half teaspoon of gelatine in one glass of tap water overnight and give her to drink in the morning for 1 month. If it is helping her continue a bit longer. Ray, you need to get a vitamix blender and make green smoothies she is not absorbing nutrition. Last year I had terrible stomach problems and couldnt eat for months and lost 32lbs my skin and hair have suffered terribly and the vitamin brought me back to life.

I made green smoothies using protein powder, kale, spinach, banana, carrots, berries, yogurt, coconut water, you can out anything in there but this way she will absorb it better. I was as well and I was also taking liquid vitamins because they absorb easier and hold under the tongue before swallowing.

Mine too 2 months to get to normal. I was doing 2 smithies a day and eating regular food plus protein shakes like ensure will help. The itching could be nerve pain which is a sign of low b12 it will get a lot worse and can cause nerve damage if she is low on that so please get that checked.

I had the same problem. I also wanted to lose weight so i stopped eating milk, eggs, and meat. The eczema went away but then I started feeling weak, my heartbeat was slow, and i havent gotten my period for 8 months. So i went to the doctor and they told me i have a protein deficiency.

They took blood tests and said I actually have a B12 deficiency. And B12 is only found in meat, fish, and seafood…. Hello Eseul, I am very hesitant to make any recommendations in a Comment without the full intake and health history acquired during a consultation. It makes complete sense to me that you experienced these symptoms on a nonfat diet of only potatoes, fruit and vegetables. This is a good recipe for depletion, poor digestion, imbalanced blood sugar levels, mood instability and an exhausted nervous system.

In addition, ensure that you enjoy a good source of protein and fat at every meal. Follow the 2 week protein protocol Dr. John recommends, which is to add one protein drink to every meal for two weeks in addition to a food source of protein.

Be very careful of not eating too low fat. When we remove meat and dairy from the diet, we remove an essential dose of fat and protein. You must replace this fat. A little salt is necessary — do not go salt-free.

You may need to reduce your intake of fruit, which can be hard to digest and create imbalanced blood sugar. Read all of Dr. Try this for a few weeks. Thank you so much for the reply. I will try to follow your recommendations. I never had digestive problems like this before.

So it created an imbalance. And I did already start taking a methylcobalamin B12 multivitamin since my doctor recommended it. Is it okay to leave out fruit completely? And why does too much fruit cause digestion problems? Does that have to do with food combining?

I was trying to eat a fruitarian diet for a while. I tried eating bananas a day and lots of other fruit…. Your body needs a variety of fruits and vegetables…protein. No wonder you were sick. Brainwashing is exactly what it is. These are good for you! These will help ward off dementia, lubricate your joints, and keep your brain in working order.

So do your joints and other parts of your body! Fruit also tend to be acidic so too much of it can be like pouring acid on your innards…so to speak. Bananas I wanted the fruits with the highest sources of sugar and they are not as high in potassium as everybody thinks they are. A better source of potassium would be fresh spinach. Good luck and make sure you do research into fruits, vegetables, and marketing ploys.

My understanding is that the fat-free diet is just a temporary healing diet, same as the 2-week temporary red meat diet recommended by Dr. Some people take it too far, then get sick again. We have to pay attention! You really should not be following your own idea of a diet.. It sounds like you have no idea what you are talking about and you will do harm to your self.

I really hope you went to a nutritionist or a Dr. Also, I started getting eczema again on the low fat vegan diet even though it was supposed to heal my eczema…. Last time i got it was Around September 20th last year. No, B12 is created by bacteria, in your gut. But doctors only take a few hours of nutrition in medical schools, so obviously they have no clue about this.

I did some research and plant foods are rich in protein. Some plant foods actually have more protein than meat. Like grains, greens, and beans. And i was having trouble digesting food. Tried to exercise but I have no energy to do so. Of course protein deficiency makes sense bc it is probably the reason I became sick in the first place. Over training and eating an average poor American diet? I was basically asking for trouble. I realize, only lately, that when training hard like I did, a person needs to have extra protein.

Thank you so much for your info, it really hit me and gave me the wake up call I desperately needed. The protein deficiency symptoms you wrote about could have been written about me. Those symptoms are what I have been trying so hard to fix. My body responds positively when I DO eat protein, but I have a natural dislike of just about all protein. So now that I plan to go out and buy protein powder, asap, can you please educate me on what type of protein powder I should get.

I am totally clueless about protein powder. Hi Susan, Look for the least processed protein powder and avoid soy.

Hemp protein is often sold in a simple, ground up form in health food stores. You can also make your own protein powder using a blend of sesame, hemp and chia seeds. There is a recipe on thefirstmess. Keep us posted on your progress!

I have always been hesitant to buy protein powers as many have ingredients that may not be organic. The idea of making your own is a great gift as these are regulars in my pantry.

I have found a product — no, I have no financial interest in the company — made of partly defatted hemp flakes or powder. The whole-fat hemp hearts are just too oily and can cause diarrhea when starch is also included in the diet; the ground-up protein powder is gritty and includes the husk.

Only reduced, not eliminated. Again, I am not personally acquainted with this mfr and have nothing to gain by giving this info. I have had very bad muscle pain in my shoulder for months. Also I have had planned her so she -itis for almost a year. I was wondering if protein may be the problem with me not healing. Do you have any suggestions? I read that protein deficiency and or B1 deficiency show itself by body water retention. I eat tablespoons nutitional yeast daily, then salmon sushi once a week.

Protien blood tested levels were normal. Hi, Than you for such a interesting article. After reading your stuff im sure im protein deficient, also fat. Cant digest oils well. Thought it was my gall bladder, but had it and stones removed almost 2 yrs ago. So been on lots of starches, minimal meat and yogurt.

Why isnt soy protein isolate any good? Allergy to hemp, pea,and cant digest whey and soy concentrate, nor digest many added vitamins. Also allergy to rice. Thankyou for this post! I have all of the symptoms above craving sweets, snacking, moodiness, glucose levels outside of the provided range and I also have blood tests to show that I am protein deficient. However, I am not a vegetarian and eat a ton of protein- yet my levels have not improved over the last two years.

So while I am not a vegetarian, I do not eat red meat very often. Do you believe that even though I am not a vegetarian, adding in more red meat would be beneficial? I will also add into my diet your suggestion of the protein shake three times a day. Currently I have just one in the morning in attempt to balance my blood sugar levels first thing in the morning.

I recently started feeling a tangling sensation at the bottle of my feet. At first I thought it was because I was on my feet to much because I was feeling it at night when I lay down in bed but then I realized that it was becoming more constant during the day and night. I keep a pretty healthy eating habit. I juice a lot, do yoga, and usually walked about 10 to 15 miles a week. I did a self evaluation and thought maybe I might have an iron deficiency.

I was craving ribs and burgers something I had removed from my diet. I have had 2 Angus burgers within the past two days and I think I feel less tangling on my feet. So my question is Dr. Douillard is the tangling sensation a sign of iron deficiency? Douillard, Divine timing to read this article, as I have had severe neck pain for a week, with no specific injury or etiology.

I have also recently increased by exercise routine, and in addition to doing 30 minute high intensity workouts daily, I have increased running to 3 miles a week x 4 days. Do increased workouts mean that one should increase even more than the 75 gms of protein? Hi Martha, It is not always a protein issue. In your case, make sure you rule out over training, mineral deficiency and dehydration as causes.

I read that worms probsbly Ascaris in my case can switch off enzymes like Trypsin, making it much harder for even meat eaters to absorb protein. I am diabetic and have tried all sorts of diets to resolve my health issues. On top of that, about a year ago I developed daily dry mouth syndrome — ok in the morning but worse as the day goes on. I an hypersensitive to the worm hyperinfestation and can feel them everywhere.

I am wondering whether, despite my generally normal meat intake, I am protein deficient and my body cannot fight these beasts as a result. I had gastric bypass surgery 12 years ago and have maintained my weight well but the last 2 weeks have been waking up in the morning and my hands, fingers, ankles and knees, actually everywhere is stiff and painful.

My doctor checked my protein level and it was low. I have not been taking any vitamins at all for the last 6 years or eaten any significant amount of protein. I just ordered vitamins from the bariatric website but wanted to see if anyone feels the lack of protein could cause this much pain. From 35 years as a Rolfer and former holistic medical clinic owner—we have never seen a vegetarian who had tissue that would change.

For years I see clients, particularly women, who are protein deficient. I am so exhausted. Feel weird all the time. Have cravings so bad. Had to eat 2 slice toast as needed Bread that much I was climbing the walls. Have kind of weird eating disorders too like if I eat eggs or meat I will get heart disease or things. The vegan lifestyle has quite badly affected my mind. Mercola says concentrate is the way to go, while Marks Daily Apple is saying the opposite. Hi Katie, I prefer concentrates over isolates.

Eating whole foods is best for the body so look for minimally processed powders without too many added ingredients. How effective do you think eating fish every day for 2 weeks be?

I plan to get better at incorporating it into my diet in general, but am wondering if a 2 week fish regimen would have similar therapeutic effects you describe with red meat.

Hi Kat, Yes, I am on board with your reluctance to eat meat. Fish would be okay except for the mercury exposure issue. Even the FDA suggests only eating fish twice a week. I would do my vegetarian alternative in the article — protein shakes.

Whats your take on entomophagy for a good protein source? I know mealworms contain much more prorein than meat and half the fat. Another question is how much protein gets lost as result of roasting, cooking ect in general. I have a question. Mostly chicken, probably twice a day. My average daily meal would be something like: Oats with a teaspoon of cinnamon, a banana and a cup of black coffee 2. I usually would workout between 30min to an hour time a week in the evenings, which is why I eat rice.

So my daily diet would look something like breakfast: Oats, a banana and a cup of black coffee 2. Keeping my workout routine, I had been on that diet for 5 months. And I slowly found my skin on my face itching, like I get red bumps which I thought were rashes and it disappears on its own throughout the day. That said, I also found my nails easily chipping and my hair oh my hair. More so even with my active workout schedule my body seems to ache every morning especially.

I lost 5lbs too. My mom pointed it maybe a protein deficiency. I saw this article and thought ok perhaps. So I basically have an egg every morning and I also ensure I have meat 3 times a week — chicken, salmon and even beef. After each workout I now have a whey protein shake.

Is there something I am missing? I only find when I go to give plasma. They do a finger prick test to check my plasma to red bill of ratio and protein level. Last time it was 6. Hi I m 68, and vegetarian for 21 years. Well, I d have seafood a couple of times a week because I was busy and stressed a lot and knew it was hard to find enough protein. I was always a pretty healthy adult. I m retired, lost 30 pounds 2 years ago, and 18 months ago was diagnosed with gout, so removed all animal protein, and have a cup or so of milk daily in tea, cheese daily, and eggs twice a week.

Lentils and beans a few times a week. Crave chips and ice cream and sometimes a steak which I would never eat. I have been constantly sick for over a year now: I get better and then hit again. My doctor is not very interested or available but there are no options where I live. I m trying to figure out what s wrong that I get so sick and have got Vitamin D drops, B Complex with 12, C, and just started hemp powder.

I m not treated for gout as there was only one episode and I cant seem to find anyone to help me balance my nutrition to get healthy and postpone another attack.

Lots of quacks and I dont know how to find reliable help. Even the Mayo and such sites recommend avoiding veggie protein but some gout evidence says its not plant protein that s the problem. I havent had another attack since but this sickness must have a reason. Can you help or advise me where to look for guidance? Hi Bev, Thank you for reaching out. Another product, Muscle Milk, boasts on its website: But our investigation, including tests at an outside laboratory of 15 protein drinks, a review of government documents, and interviews with health and fitness experts and consumers, found most people already get enough protein, and there are far better and cheaper ways to add more if it's needed.

Some protein drinks can even pose health risks, including exposure to potentially harmful heavy metals, if consumed frequently. All drinks in our tests had at least one sample containing one or more of the following contaminants: Those metals can have toxic effects on several organs in the body.

For most drinks we tested, levels of arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury were in the low to moderate range, when we could detect them at all. But with three of the products, consumers who have three servings daily could be exposed to levels that exceed the maximum limits for one or two of those contaminants in dietary supplements proposed by U.

Pharmacopeia USP , the federally recognized authority that sets voluntary standards for health products. Nutritionists and trainers say they commonly see people who consume three servings a day. The amount of lead in a single daily serving of eight of the protein supplements we tested would require that the products carry a warning in California.

State legislation known as Proposition 65 mandates that manufacturers notify consumers when products contain toxic substances at levels the state says pose even a low cancer or reproductive risk. But federal regulations do not generally require that protein drinks and other dietary supplements be tested before they are sold to ensure that they are safe, effective, and free of contaminants, as the rules require of prescription drugs. Even in California, some manufacturers don't comply with the requirements of Proposition 65 to put warnings on supplements, and enforcement seems to be lax.

Sometimes warnings appear only after lawsuits are filed. Teenagers who want to look like the sculpted images they see in fitness magazines are particularly vulnerable to the marketing messages, experts say, because they are easily hooked by the promise of "hope in a can. A study published in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, found that protein powders and shakes were the supplements most commonly used by those aged 12 to Andrew Shao, senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs at the Council for Responsible Nutrition, a supplement industry group, says that protein powders and drinks are a safe option for teenagers and even pregnant women.

But we found that some products had labels warning that they are not suitable for people under age 18 or that pregnant women should first consult a physician. Kathy Burns, a toxicologist and founder of Sciencecorps, a Boston-area nonprofit network of science and medical professionals, was concerned about possible health effects of protein supplements her then high-school-aged son and his friends extensively used. She and her colleagues sent a small sampling of protein supplements to be screened at an independent lab.

Burns said what they found worried them, and she contacted Consumer Reports. We purchased 15 protein powders and drinks mainly in the New York metro area or online and tested multiple samples of each for arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury. The results showed a considerable range, but levels in three products were of particular concern because consuming three servings a day could result in daily exposure to arsenic, cadmium, or lead exceeding the limits proposed by USP.

Concentrations in most products were relatively low, but when taking into account the large serving size suggested, the number of micrograms per day for a few of the products was high compared with most others tested. The samples of Muscle Milk Chocolate powder we tested contained all four heavy metals, and levels of three metals in the product were among the highest of all in our tests.

Average cadmium levels of 5. The average arsenic level of Three daily servings of Muscle Milk Vanilla Crème contained Cadmium raises special concern because it accumulates in and can damage the kidneys, the same organs that can be damaged by excessive protein consumption.

And it can take 20 years for the body to eliminate even half the cadmium absorbed today. For most people, protein drinks are not the only possible source of exposure to heavy metals, but they are an easily avoidable one, since most people can meet their protein needs, help minimize exposure to contaminants, and save money by choosing the right foods.

Shellfish and organ meats such as liver can be high in cadmium, and some plant foods such as potatoes, rice, sunflower seeds, spinach, and other leafy greens can also take in significant amounts of the metal from the environment, due in large part to the use of cadmium-containing phosphate fertilizers, according to Bruce A.

Food and Drug Administration research suggests that foods such as milk, yogurt, eggs, poultry, and red meats are generally good protein sources that seem to contain little or no cadmium, lead, arsenic, or mercury. Our next group kicks off shortly. Plus the ability to turn that knowledge into a thriving coaching practice. Click here to view the information sources referenced in this article. Semiz S, et al.

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