5 Lack of Protein Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore

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Proteins are essential for your body, providing energy, maintaining collagen and helping muscle development. However, there are a lot of people who are dealing with a lack of protein!

Below you can find a few signs that can be associated with protein insufficiency, which, once detected, shouldn’t be ignored. Remember, like any type of deficiency, symptoms may have other causes as well, so this is just a general list which should be used to put your own diagnosis, but just to signal problems.

Food Cravings

Constant cravings and the need to consume snacks between meals frequently may be the consequence of a diet rich in carbohydrates and low in protein. They are designed to balance the sugar level in the body, hence your desire to eat constantly.

Water retention

Also known as fluid retention or edema, it can be the result of a diet poor in protein or vitamins. A lack of protein will automatically lead to salt and water retention inside blood vessels.

Muscle and joint pain

If you’re experiencing weakness or muscle pain, it’s definitely a sign that you should increase the amount of protein you consume, in order to develop muscles, tissues and cells properly.

You recover hard after injuries

Those who are dealing with sustained stress and are recovering from an injury or a more serious disease also need a higher intake of protein. When you shrunk your total intake, the protein your consuming will replace the lost ‘fuel’, instead of creating new muscular tissue.

You get sick often 

A lack of protein leads to a weak immune system and you will most likely get sick more often than you should. In order to strengthen your immune system, you need to make sure that your daily diet contains enough protein.

Did you experienced these situations or something similar? Tell us in the comments section below!