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Here’s what happens to your body when you eat too much Protein

Though eating protein is an important part of a balanced diet, more does not necessarily translate to better. When the body receives too much protein, a series of physiological events may occur. Initial, short-term side effects of a high-protein diet may result to increased satiety and accelerated weight loss, seeming like excellent perks for hopping on the protein wagon, right? Symptoms of too much protein, especially in the longer-run, may suggest otherwise and potentially lead to...

1. You put your kidneys at risk

With protein intake, we also take in nitrogen by-products. Our kidneys then filter out these by-products from our blood. If protein is consumed as per the body’s requirement, these nitrogen by-products are eliminated through urine. But gorging on protein foods puts pressure on the kidneys as they have to work hard to get rid of extra nitrogen content in the body. This, if not controlled, you could be increasing your risk for kidney damage.

2. Nutritional Deficiencies.

Filling the diet with a high quantity of protein largely leaves little room for other food groups and nutritional sources. Protein is naturally absent of fiber, a plant component encouraged for digestive and heart health. The vitamins and minerals from whole grains and fresh produce and the healthy fats from nuts and seeds may become deficient if their intake is reduced, cascading signs and symptoms such as energy loss, dry skin and hair, and a compromised immune system.

3. Your mouth smells

Cutting out crabs from your diet and eating high-protein diet, make your body enter a state called ketosis. It is a condition where the body needs to break down body fat for energy. Although this may be a good thing for your abs. it’s not so great for your breath.When our body burns fat, it also produces chemicals called ketones that can leave the mouth smelling. No matter how much you brush, floss or rinse, it wouldn’t help in making that bad breath fresh.

4. Mood Slump.

Following a high-protein diet may leave you feeling quite sleepy, cranky, and grumpy. Carbohydrate is the body's primary fuel source and largely energizes the brain following its intake. When carb is absent, especially in the initial stages, energy is compromised and plummeted as the body transitions into a state of ketosis, a process in which the body burns fat for fuel. Though ketosis may result to weight loss, carb sources are also valuable in stimulating the production of serotonin, also known as the "feel good" hormone.

5. GI Upset.

Further aligning with lessened fiber intake, a high-protein diet may leave you feeling constipated, bloated, and gassy. The gastrointestinal (GI) tract largely relies on fiber to promote regularity, mostly from complex carbohydrate sources - whole grains, fruits, veggies, and beans. And unless the protein source is breaded and battered (additionally packing on calories and potentially fried in oil), fiber content is virtually absent. Men are encouraged to obtain 38 grams of fiber each day while women are encouraged to consume 25 grams.

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