Protein, how much is enough? - Emily Skye

Protein, how much is enough?

Protein, how much is enough?

Protein is an important nutrient and should be making up a large percentage of your calorie intake, (about 35%). If you are actively working to increase your strength and muscle mass, then protein will be playing an even more important role in your diet.

The problem is that there are literally thousands of different protein supplements available on the market, all of which claim to be the best means of achieving your fitness goals.

Yet the truth is that if you eat a balanced diet, then you should be able to get all the protein you need from your food. It doesn’t matter if you are vegan, vegetarian or you enjoy meat, there are plenty of sources of protein available for you to choose from.

We all know that protein is an important nutrient for any and all health and fitness enthusiasts, yet what many people don’t know is that there are actually health risks involved with taking too much protein.

Some of the symptoms include:

  • Weight gain - Your body only needs a certain amount of protein on a daily basis. This amount will vary depending on your age, sex and also the types of exercises you do and the energy you expend. When you are consuming more than you need, it can be stored as fat on your body.
  • Digestive problems - Having intestinal upsets, such as gas or diarrhoea, are a common side effect of too much protein.
  • Decreased function of liver - Ammonia is formed in the body when protein is ingested, usually the ammonia will be quickly dealt with by the liver and there will be no health issues; however when there is an excessive consumption of protein the liver has to work overtime and can become sluggish.
  • Impaired function of the brain - If the liver has become sluggish due to excessive protein consumption, then an increase of ammonia as well as other toxins can form in the blood which can be harmful to the functioning of the brain.

Don’t be too concerned, you will need to be consuming a lot of protein before you start experiencing some of the more concerning health risks. The best way to avoid having too much protein is by planning a balanced diet that is appropriately rich in protein to suit your own needs. If you feel that you will benefit from an extra source, or you know you don’t get enough protein in your diet, then always follow the instructions when using protein supplements.

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