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Signs You Have Too Much Protein Which Harms Your Body

Signs You Have Too Much Protein Which Harms Your Body

When you think about the necessary nutrients that your body needs to survive, protein is probably pretty high on that list. Every diet includes a good amount of protein and you see information about that pretty much everywhere. When you are looking at workout plans, they all tell you that you should get enough protein in your diet. At school, nutrition classes teach kids that protein is the most important nutrient for them to have. However, are we overdoing it on the protein talk a little bit? Many people seem to think so.

Even though protein is indeed a super important nutrient for you to have in your body, there can be some side effects that come with too much protein intake. The minimum intake of protein that you should have every day is around 50 to 75 grams. However, with the amount of foods around that have protein in them, a lot of people are going way over that recommended amount. Keep reading down below to learn some more about what might happen if you have too much protein in your body.

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You’re Gaining More Weight Than You Want

One of the biggest signs that you have too much protein in your diet is the fact that you’re gaining more weight [1] than you would like. If y ou increase your intake of protein without cutting down on the other kinds of nutrients that you are taking in, then that scale is going to go way up. Now, this is going to be either good or bad depending on your health goals. If you are wanting to bulk up your muscles and gain that weight to do that, then that increase intake of protein can be good for that. However, it’s also important to watch that protein because any other number of negative effects can come from it.

You’re Having Kidney Problems

Another sign that you may be having too much protein in your diet is if your kidneys are having problems. Now, you might not even be aware of this until you go to the doctor, which might be a good idea if you are having symptoms of kidney issues. Protein would cause this because the kidneys help to filter through all of the waste that is produced with the intake of protein. A greater amount of protein in your diet could cause your kidneys to work overtime and become way more strained than they need to be.

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You’re Dehydrated

When your kidneys go through that waste management process, one of the bi-products that is released is blood urea nitrogen. When you have a larger amount of protein in your body, this causes your kidney to produce more of that blood urea nitrogen. In turn, your body has to use more and more water to flush out that dangerous substance. This could cause serious dehydration, so make sure to keep this in mind if you are more dehydrated than normal.

You Have Low Calcium

When you get too much protein in your body, you could also see more calcium leeched from your bones. The acids that are released whenever you consume proteins are difficult to digest without calcium. However, if you are not taking enough calcium in your diet and more protein, your body will automatically go to your bones for calcium, decreasing their strength and durability. It’s been shown in numerous studies that those people who take in more protein than needed have weaker bones than others who took in the right amount of protein.

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You Have Heart Problems

When looking at proteins from animal sources, most of these meats come with a layer of saturated fats. This is compared with protein from vegetable sources, which do not come with this layer of fat. It’s common belief that consuming way too much protein can cause cardiovascular disease [2] , but this is not the whole story. Those people who eat protein from vegetable sources are more likely to not suffer from cardiovascular disease when compared to those who at animal sourced protein. This has much to do with that saturated fat layer that comes with animal protein.

You Have Reduced Ketosis

When you’re trying to lower the amount of carbs in your diet, like in many popular low-carb diets, you often try to cover the gaps with an increased intake of protein. However, this is very detrimental to your diet. If you are experiencing reduced ketosis, then this is a big sign that you are getting protein in excess in your low-carb diet. Instead of supplementing the carbs with protein, you can fill the gaps by consuming more low-glycemic vegetables and fats which are healthier. This is suggested by all high-quality low-carb dieters out there.

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You Have Gout

It’s even been shown that a diet full of animal-based proteins can increase your risk for developing gout [3]. If this is something you are experiencing, you may be having too much protein in your diet. This is because animal-based proteins have high levels of purines, which cause a high level of puric acid in your body. It’s been shown that lowering that protein level and replacing the animal protein with vegetable protein can help stop this from happening.

And there you have it! These are the top signs you should look out for that could be causing detrimental effects to your body. Everybody says that protein is super good for you in all cases, but that’s not always the case. Make sure to do your proper research before drastically increasing the amount of protein you consume on a daily basis.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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