Where do you get your Protein?
Since I have lost over 100 pounds and live basically on a plant based diet consisting of many different vegetables and the 7 friendly fruits , I am often asked, “Where do you get your protein from and how much do you consume on a daily basis?”So many people believe we need to maintain higher levels of protein in our diet. That is a myth.
In fact, excess protein is the opposite of healthy. When you consume too much protein it has an adverse effect on the liver, kidneys and heart causing them to work much harder than they need to, and depending on the type of protein that you are eating, the amount of sodium bicarbonate that is released to alkalize the acidic food that you are ingesting is far greater for animal protein. For example: Your body is going to have to produce a lot more sodium bicarbonate to alkalize ingested animal proteins than it is to alkalize a predigested vegetable slurry that easily passes through the stomach and into the digestive tract.
And there are many studies suggesting that excess animal protein may promote the growth of cancer cells, cause digestive problems, and harmful mineral imbalances.
The Institute of Medicine recommends that” adults get a minimum of 0.8 grams of protein for every kilogram of body weight per day.
0.8grams x 60 kilos (132 pounds) = 48 grams of protein a day; conversion: 1 pound = 2.2 kilos.”
Picture a 10,000 pound elephant,with the average weight of his heart alone weighing 26 to 46 pounds, being constructed solely of grasses, leaves,seeds ,nuts and fruits , or a 400lb gorilla with a powerful heavily muscled frame, that was fortified by primarily plants such as leaves, stems, roots, seeds and fruit . Many plants have an alkalizing effect on the body. Which means less aches and pains, freedom from disease, better sleep, happier moods, improved memory and concentration, more efficient digestion and overall better health.
Although an important part of our diet, the truth is that loading up on extra protein substantially increases caloric intake. Although I’m not a big proponent of counting calories,adding those excess calories is again making our body work much harder than it has to, depleting our energy supplies.
I would much rather count chemicals, concerning myself more with removing harmful poisonous chemicals from my food supply.
What Is Protein?
Protein is one of the three macronutrients needed by our bodies.
The other two are carbohydrates and healthy fats.
Our bodies function best with all three present for growth, metabolism, and for other bodily functions.
Can We Eat Too Much Protein?
In my opinion, anything that causes your body to work harder than it should, is counter productive to achieving optimal health.
Dr. M. Ted Morter writes in his book, Your Health…Your Choice…,
“The paradox of protein is that it is not only essential but also potentially health-destroying. Cells overburdened with protein become toxic.”
There are roughly 20 common amino acids, with 8 of them considered essential for adults,and another 4 essential for children and infants. The essential ones for adults are:
Additionally, cysteine, tyrosine, histidine and arginine are required by infants and children.
The Roles Each Amino Acid Plays
“The branched-chain amino acids are isoleucine, leucine and valine and these are the amino acids responsible for muscle structure.
The amino acids tyrosine, phenylalanine and tryptophan are the aromatic amino acids, having a side chain with a ring-shaped formation and are necessary for the production of the neurotransmitters serotonin and melatonin.
Serotonin is important for healthy and restful sleep as well as elevating and stabilizing mood and in the modulation of human sexuality, appetite, and metabolism. Melatonin is important in the regulation of the circadian rhythms, (the interior body clock), and is a powerful antioxidant associated with the protection of nuclear and mitochondrial DNA.
Lysine plays an important role in absorbing and conserving calcium and in the formation of collagen. Too little lysine in the diet can lead to kidney stones and other health related problems including fatigue, nausea, dizziness, loss of appetite, agitation, bloodshot eyes, slow growth, anemia, and reproductive disorders. At risk for a low lysine disorder could be vegetarians who follow a macrobiotic diet and athletes involved in frequent vigorous exercise.”
~The No Meat Athlete~
Runs on Plants
Do I Need to Combine
Another protein myth is that we need to combine protein sources to get all of the essential amino acids. Most all foods contain protein. Vegetables, beans and non animal foods have more than adequate amounts of protein forming amino acids in some quantity.
If you are consuming a large selection
of plant based foods throughout the day ,you are surely getting enough complete protein.
~Scott Jacobs ~