Is taking in too much protein bad for you?
The answer to this question is… Yes!
Like the Greek physician, Hippocrates, once said, “Everything in excess is opposed to nature.”
The same applies to protein. We live in a day and age where health stores are filled with bottles, bags and tubs of protein powder.
They range in prices, qualities and brands. Consumers are spoiled for choice… and most people can afford to buy these supplements because they’re relatively inexpensive.
However, many people do not have an inkling of just how much protein they should be consuming. Protein is necessary for the body to repair muscle and carry out a lot of other physical processes. However, beyond a certain point, the protein does more damage than good.
The problems usually occur in people who lead sedentary lifestyles but consume these protein shakes in the belief that they become healthier by doing so. They watch the athletes and bodybuilders consuming these shakes and they follow suit believing that they will get the same health benefits.
However, they’re missing one important part of the equation… and that is the training. Athletes, bodybuilders and people training for endurance events can take more protein because their bodies need the extra protein. Their activities constantly challenge and place demands on their bodies which desperately need more protein.
The average person who hardly exercises does not need this extra protein… and when they do consume it, problems arise. To worsen the situation, a lot of these people have very poor diets and consume a lot of meat too.
Too much protein will place undue stress on your kidneys. You’ll also gain weight and be more easily dehydrated. The excess calories that come from the protein being consumed will be stored as fat.
Your blood sugar levels will be higher and if it stays this way for prolonged periods, you may be susceptible to yeast infections. Studies have shown that excess protein consumption may also lead to higher chances of cancer since the excess protein fuels cancer growth.
Daily Protein Requirements
The average person only requires about 40 to 65 grams of protein a day. If a woman is pregnant she will need more and her doctor will advise her on this. If you exercise often and you exercise hard, you will need more protein. However, if your lifestyle is pretty much unchanged, you’ll need to examine your diet and see if you’re consuming more protein than you need.
Protein is great for building your muscles, strengthening your bones and keeping your hormones in good shape… but like everything else, it’s imperative that you not overdo it.
If you wish to buy a protein supplement, it would be a good idea to see if you can get all your protein from natural foods first. A single egg contains about 6 to 8 grams of protein. A 3 ounce serving of seafood or meat contains about 19 to 25 grams of protein.
If you only need 50 grams of protein a day, it would be pretty easy to meet this need just by eating an egg and 2 servings of meat every day. You will not need protein supplements. So, it’s best to exercise due diligence and see just how much protein you need and consume it accordingly.
You may wish to consult with your doctor or a nutritionist to see if you’re getting it right. Even nectar is poison if taken to excess.