You hopefully know by now how important it is to be getting enough protein into your diet on a daily basis, but are you actually taking the steps necessary to accomplish this? If you aren’t entirely sure if your protein intake is where it truly needs to be, it turns out that there are signs to look for that can tell you if you are lacking enough protein in your diet or not. I learned about some common signs and symptoms of protein deficiency from a helpful post by Women’s Health Magazine, and I’m happy to share what I learned from the post here with you.
You may feel groggy when you first wake up in the morning, but if that feeling of “brain fog” continues to persist throughout most of, or the entire, day, you may not be getting enough protein. Protein keeps your blood glucose levels balanced and stable, so naturally a lack of protein will cause your blood sugar levels to fluctuate and you will have less energy getting to your brain throughout the day. This ties into another common protein-deficiency symptom: craving sweets and sugary foods. When your blood sugar levels are low as a result of a lack of protein, you will begin to crave anything sweet to get that quick sugar fix. Unfortunately, the quick fix will only lead to a sugar crash shortly after consumption, so eating a handful of candy is definitely not the answer to this problem.
If you have been finding that you feel weaker than normal, this is a big sign that you need to up your intake of protein immediately. Maybe you find a task as simple as walking up the stairs to be more arduous than normal, or maybe you get dizzy frequently now. Since protein is responsible for building up the muscles in your body, it makes sense that weakness would be a big warning sign of protein deficiency in the body. Protein also helps to build up the immune system, so getting sick often is yet one more sign that you are not getting enough protein in your diet.
If you have noticed that one or more of these symptoms have been affecting you, you now know that you need more protein. Try adding more foods such as eggs, Greek yogurt, fish, and whole grains into your diet to get a boost of protein. You may want to try adding protein powder to your favorite shakes and smoothies as well for an easier way to bulk up.
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