Proteins fulfill multiple functions in our body, from burning fat and building muscles to strengthening our bones. Hence, the need to be reincorporating proteins is so necessary to avoid protein deficiency and to be able to suffer from some of the following protein deficiency disorders.

One of the main signs of a lack of protein can be presented through the need for sweet food cravings. Carbohydrates, caffeine, chocolate, sodas, energizers, sweets, candy, or cakes; These constant cravings for these non-nutritional foods point to very unstable blood sugar levels. Not everyone with a sweet tooth is lacking in protein , but protein deficiency and low blood sugar are closely linked.

General protein deficiency problems

The lack of protein reduces the ability to clean the waste products that microorganisms deposit in the body , which are known as free radicals . The action of these wastes causes damage to the cells themselves and can increase the risk of contracting cancer, promoted by an infection of a virus, for example hepatitis B or by ingesting cancer-inducing or promoting chemicals, for example pesticides , fungal toxins, etc.

Signs of a lack of protein

The lack of protein can cause us to be prone to infections in our body that could manifest in the lung and small intestine. For this, it is necessary to control and know how you detect these signs of a lack of protein in our body to improve our health.

1. Not being able to sleep

Another concern that can be the result of a lack of protein in the diet is the inability to sleep soundly at night. Without protein, the body tends to crave carbohydrates and sugar in excess. This creates a dependency on sugar for energy. However, sugar and carbohydrates burn quickly, creating highs and lows in energy levels leading to bedtime clutter and lack of sleep or discomfort when trying to conceive.

2. Cracks or sores in the corners of the mouth

Cracks in the corners of the mouth or mouth sores mean that we are lacking zinc, iron and B vitamins (especially B2, B3 and B12). This symptom is common in vegetarians who do not have a balanced diet, or also when they are on a diet and do not consume the necessary nutrients.

The solution to this problem is to add to the food: chard, peanuts, lentils, legumes, sesame paste and dried tomatoes (for those who do not eat meat) Reinforce the consumption of vitamin C to promote the absorption of iron, as for example in citrus, broccoli or bell pepper.

3. Red skin rash and hair loss

When there are rashes on the skin and the hair begins to fall out at the same time, it may be indicating a lack of protein, for example we may be lacking biotin (B7) and excess elements. To avoid it: eat mushrooms, nuts, salmon, avocado, cauliflower, bananas and raspberries.

4. White or red markings on cheeks, arms, and thighs

If the marks that appear are white and red, and are concentrated on the cheeks, arms and thighs, it is the translation of the low amount of essential fatty acids and vitamins A and D. The solution to this problem is to stop eating so much fat trans and increase healthy. Foods such as salmon, almonds, walnuts, flax seeds, chia or hemp are very good alternatives to counteract this problem. Also green leafy vegetables and tubers.

5. Tingling or numbness in the hands and feet

If we lack folic acid and the B vitamins, we will feel tingling and numbness in our hands and feet. It is related to the peripheral nerves and is often combined with fatigue, depression, anxiety, fatigue, and hormonal imbalances. The solution is to eat beets, spinach, beans (of all types), and asparagus.

6. Cramps and shooting pains in legs and feet

Cramps and pain in the extremities are due to a lack of calcium, potassium and magnesium, as well as too intense physical training. To reverse this situation it is vital to eat hazelnuts, bananas, almonds, pumpkin, apples, cherries, grapefruit, broccoli and all green leafy vegetables (especially spinach).

Signs of chronic protein loss

One of the signs of a lack of protein but in this case chronically , it can cause any of the following conditions or abnormalities.

7. Loss of muscle mass:

You can lose muscle mass and in turn not repair the existing one. This is because the body “feeds” on the proteins in the tissues and muscles.

8. Delayed growth:

There is a delay in both physical and psychological growth. It is known that a child who has not been fed properly in the first years of life, has a great chance of suffering from education and growth problems in his height.

9. Failures in the cardiovascular system:

Lack of protein can trigger heart problems, as well as type 2 diabetes which would lower blood sugar levels, known as hypoglycemia, produced by an imbalance between insulin and glucagon.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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