Protein. Can We Eat Too Much Of It? Can It Be Harmful?

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July 3, 2013 by Living Girl Living Foods

Protein. This word has some sort of “bad ass/hardcore” connotation now and days. It’s hip to have a protein bar, protein shake, “protein” on top of your salad (greens are protein), protein after working out, protein before bed and blahblahblah. High protein items are wonderful in the marketing world, it attracts people being another one of those buzz words like anti-oxidants or gluten free. We all think that we must not get enough of it and we should work on adding more to our daily meals.

But more does not equal better.

Women ages 14-70+ only need roughly 46 grams of protein per day and men are recommended to have 52 to 56 grams, according to the Institute of Medicine. If one is consuming leafy greens, nuts, seeds plus supplemented protein like protein bars it is easy to consume too much.

Consuming too much protein puts our liver and kidneys at risk; vital organs in natural detoxification, bile production which aids in digestion, decomposition of red blood cells, blood sugar regulation and metabolism (yup too much protein can slow this down).

The liver delivers nutrients from your food to the different areas of the body and acts as a filter. Upon eating or drinking it performs over 500 functions within minutes of consumption. Too much protein can also contribute to severe liver problems such as; hepatic encephalopathy, which reduces the liver’s ability to transform the ammonia released as a byproduct of protein digestion into a harmless substance.

Kidneys circulate our entire blood volume 12 times an hour. When the kidneys and liver can’t function smoothly, that contributes to even more toxicity in the body, and ultimately more sickness.

Animal based proteins have the high acidity factor, thus calcium is being pulled from the bones. Havoc and illnesses like acidic bodies, it is easier for them to destroy and flourish.

Other possible complications with a high protein lifestyle include: constipation, bad breath, headaches, heart arrhythmias and many more issues.

This is why many times a high protein low carb diet does not end up sticking or working for people, possibly even causes more health problems.

Sticking to a more plant based, clean cooking, unprocessed foods lifestyle will most likely give you enough protein! Greens (spinach, lettuce, kale, arugula, broccoli) are loaded with protein, nuts, seeds, chlorella, spirulina, legumes and beans 😀

Be a real rebel and ignore the hype! Stick it to the man and grow some veggies. Greens are where it’s at 😉 No extra powders, shakes, bars or mystery treats. Mother Nature has provided us with everything and more.

Thank you all for taking the time to stop by my site! Wishing you all a wonderful week with yummy treats. Much love ❤ and raw power 😉




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