Did you know you could be protein deficient even if you eat a lot of protein? It’s true! In fact, almost every patient I see, from top performance athletes to those suffering from long-term chronic illness, is found to be protein deficient — by actual laboratory blood test.
It isn’t your fault. Food in the 21st century isn’t what it used to be. Even if livestock was fed all organic feed, and was hormone and antibiotic free, the feed would still come from largely depleted soil, lacking in the basic nutrients the body needs.
Here are 11 signs you might be protein deficient:
1. Do you get sick more often or have trouble getting over illnesses?
As you probably know, your body fights off infections with antibodies. However, what you probably didn’t know is that antibodies are made of protein. That means that if you’re protein-deficient, you’ll most likely be antibody-deficient as well. And this can cause you to become sick more often or extend the length of time it takes to fully recuperate.
I see this frequently with patients who are just not healing. Not only from musclular/skeletal injuries, but even continuing illnesses they just can’t shake, or long recoveries after the illness is gone. These can be illnesses as mild as the flu or as severe and debilitating as Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue or Rheumatoid Arthritis.
You see, your body factually cannot heal without protein. It’s just not possible. This is especially true as one gets older or is engaged in high performance activity. Or when one has a pre-existing physical condition.
So, getting your body more protein — and the right protein — is very important. Yes, of course you still need proper vitamins and nutrition. But without protein, no amount of vitamins can be effective.
Proper protein may not cure all of your problems, but if you’re not feeling well, it sure will help!
So, if you have any of the following, you may be protein deficient:
• You are ill often
• You suffer from long recoveries
• You still feel the illness long after its technically gone
• You have a pre-existing physical condition that already keeps you tired and slow to heal. In such a case your body is definitely protein deficient. Chronic illnesses such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and many more actively prevent protein from being fully utilized by the body, furthering the condition causing this. Thus it is vital to get easily assimilated and fully utilized protein in order to start feeling better.
2. Do you experience gas or bloating after you eat?