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What are the early symptoms of Protein deficiency? How we can prevent?

Protein is the major ingredient in body maintenance, growth, and health.  It is essential for living organs that give us energy, maintain our tummies and help keep our bodies free from disease.

We need enough protein to be able to break down, assimilate and dissolve the amino acids that our cells need to function properly.

The following are symptoms of protein deficiency:

1. Frequent Muscle and Joint Illness
2. Always have a cold
3. Sleep Problems
4. Fluid Retention
5. Excessive craving for food

We may experience muscle soreness or weakness as a sign that our muscle or joint fluid is being flushed out to increase calories rather than using protein to build cells, tissues, and muscles.

One of the building blocks of antibodies is protein, as it works by our immune system to protect our bodies from bacteria and viruses.  The loss of protein greatly affects how our immune system works. 

When the immune system is compromised it can lead to severe pain and need to recover from the injury and it worsens the symptoms of the disease as well as the prolonged loss of the common cold.

In the production of the hormone, Tryptophan is very useful. It is called Serotonin.  It is converted by our body from Melatonin every night.  Melatonin controls our waking and sleeping at night, so when melatonin is not high enough it can cause sleeplessness at night.

Amino acid tryptophan is found in proteins such as turkey breasts.  By making sure our body is able to see enough to produce Serotonin you can sleep well at night.

Because protein transforms a component for keeping fluid from accumulating in tissues.  When the protein is depleted from this micronutrient it can lead to edema or fluid accumulation, especially in the foot and ankle.

The craving for food and snacks can be due to a high carb or sugar at a low protein diet.  Consumption of protein-rich foods even when blood sugar is high and low.

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