On other occasions we have talked about the importance of proteins in athletes, but few people know if they reach the minimum levels of this daily nutrient. Almost all foods contain protein, so it is difficult to have protein deficit if we eat a balanced diet.
Even so, the lack of proteins appears when we do not take enough quantity so that our organism carries out the basic functions to live. It usually occurs in disadvantaged countries, with malnutrition and hunger.
Just in case, we show you some symptoms that appear when we do not have enough proteins in our body.
You are very hungry
The lack of appetite can be a sign of a serious protein deficit, although if we are in a slight lack it is possible that we are constantly hungry. When we do not eat enough protein, our body tries to stabilize by increasing appetite.
This results in choosing unhealthy foods, which quickly drain us, without taking into account the nutritional value. That is why you gain weight and can get to suffer cardiovascular problems such as obesity.
If you are in a phase of weight loss or maintenance, the ideal is that you have a good protein intake to keep your appetite at bay and reduce the consumption of total calories.
Loss of muscle mass
You do not have to be thin to have significant levels of malnutrition; If we also have too much body fat, it will be more difficult to visualize the size of our muscles. Protein is the essential nutrient to keep our muscles healthy and with the proper reserve to expend energy. If we do not have the necessary amount of protein, the body will supply the muscles leading to wear. Muscles are the body’s largest store of protein.
It is important to have an adequate protein intake, whatever age it may be. It is very common to see how older people are unable to climb stairs or bend, and partly due to this loss of muscle mass.
Weakness and risk of injury
Not only the muscles are affected by the low protein intake, bones are also at significant risk. They will become weaker and the risk of injuries and fractures will increase.
An investigation focused on women who have passed the menopause phase, found that eating more protein was related to having a lower risk of hip fractures and reducing bone loss by 2%.
Weakness in the skin, hair and nails
The bones, muscles and any part of our body is negatively affected if we remove the protein from our diet or take it in very little quantity.
Our hair, nails and skin suffer from a weak, brittle, scaly or reddening appearance.
It is no nonsense, alopecia is increased by this malnutrition. Even having brittle nails can be a clear symptom.