PROTEIN

Protein is a component of food, made up of amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks for major parts of a lean human body. They are crucial to the minute by minute regulation and maintenance of the body. Your body makes its own supply of amino acids, and also must get some from food. Protein comes in many different forms. The importance of protein is that it is the basic building block of cells and tissues that are needed to keep us strong. It is crucial for vital functions, regulations, and the maintenance of the body. Some diets encourage people to increase protein consumption and reduce carbohydrate intake. There is also another belief system that we do not need a lot of protein, encouraging people to eat much less protein. This is a very strong attitude debating the validation from both theories. However, there is no wrong way if you try to experiment with what works uniquely to your body and fits your lifestyle. Also consider your heritage, ancestry, blood type, activity level, and life goals when choosing protein. Too little protein can create sugar and sweets cravings, feeling spacey and jittery, fatigue, weight loss, loss of healthy color in facial area, feeling weak, anemia, change in hair color and texture, skin inflammation (in severe cases), and pot belly (in severe cases). Too much protein can include symptoms of low energy, constipation, dehydration, lethargy, heavy feeling, weight gain, sweet cravings, feeling “tight” or stiff joints, foul body odor, halitosis, and calcium loss to compensate for acidic status in the body. The body may also become overly acidic and kidney function can decline. (Stress required to process excess proteins causes the kidney to face increased pressure to filter toxins and waste).