Proteins are known for their integral role in aiding weight loss, muscle growth, body strength and so on. However, while the benefits of protein for our health are indeed true, there are many flip-sides to its overconsumption too. Read on to find out eight things that happen to your body when you eat too much protein:
Increased Thirst: Proteins are produced by amino acids in our body which contain nitrogen. With an increased intake of protein, the nitrogen level in our body increases too. Hence the body doubles up its excretory functions to chuck out nitrogen from the body. In this process, the body uses much of its water content leading to dehydration and increased thirst.
Smelly Breath: This could not be true for those who are taking the keto diet. When the body goes on a low carb and high fat and protein diet, it goes on a state of ketosis where it releases fat from the cells and turns it into ketones for energy production. Since ketones smell awful, one is likely to suffer from smelly breath, so much so that even brushing and flossing one’s teeth remain to be of no avail.
Weight Gain: Although proteins work wonder in aiding weight loss, the results are likely to be short-term. When the body goes on a high protein diet, it begins to store an extra amount of proteins as fats thus eventually leading to weight gain. Also, the weight gain aided by proteins particularly leads to a flabby body.
Nausea: Digestive enzymes in our body are hardly able to digest the excess amount of proteins. Thus the undigested portion of proteins from eggs, meat and protein supplements can make one feel nauseous.
Mood Swings: Since one tends to lower one’s intake of carbohydrates with an increased protein intake, the body is unable to find carbohydrates to produce energy. During the initial stage of high-protein diets, one becomes prone to mood swings because there is no energy in the body.
Loss of Calcium: When the body gets more protein, it starts to excrete more amount of calcium from the body. This could lead to health complications like osteoporosis. If you consume more protein, make sure you proportionately increase your intake of calcium.
Kidney Complications: With protein, the level of nitrogen increases in our body too. An excess of nitrogen overworks our kidney and its excretory functions since, there is a lot to excrete. This eventually damages our kidney.
Nutritional Deficiencies: Our body needs its rightful amount of carbs, vitamins and minerals, fibers, fats and proteins for a good health. While going on a high-protein diet, one deprives the body of all the above components thus leading to nutritional deficiencies. Nutritional deficiencies lead to dry skin and hair.
Moreover, The Recommended Dietary Allowance states that the body should not consume more than 46 grams of protein in case of women and 56 grams in case of men. Therefore, we suggest our readers to go for balanced diets instead of protein-centred diets to give your health the right amount of nutrition that it requires.