The 7 Protein Deficiency Symptoms Checklist
- Chronic muscle fatigue
- Dependency on caffeine for energy
- Envisioning minor events as stressful
- Low emotional resiliency and stability
- Recurring sugar or carbohydrate cravings
- Moodiness or crankiness after skipped meals
- Late afternoon brain fog, shakiness, or light-headedness
If you check more than three of the protein deficiency symptoms above, consider the possibility that you may be protein deficient. Protein is an excellent tonic for the adrenal glands—the body’s stress protection system. My clients who had taken prescribed drugs for high cortisol levels, adrenal burnout, and exhaustion dropped them once they consumed sufficient protein.
How Much Daily Protein Is Required for Good Health?
I recommend you intake 120 grams of protein daily—or one gram per pound of body weight. If your blood type is 0, more protein may be required. What does 120 grams of protein include? I meet my daily protein requirements with two protein shakes, a bone broth serving, plus two protein meals.
Below is the serving size in grams of my protein selection:
- Eggs: 6 grams each
- Chicken: 25-30 grams
- Beef: 25-30 grams
- Bison: 30 grams
- Tofu: 12 grams
- Almond Butter: 8 grams
- Protein Powder: 15-25 grams
- Bone Broth: 20 grams
- Protein Shake with Almond Butter: 30 grams
- Turkey Patty: 20 grams
Why People Lack Sufficient Protein?
If you avoid eating animal protein, you may have an under-acid stomach. Stress obliterates digestive enzymes. Add Enzyme Energy HCL digestive enzyme to your meals and observe how digestive problems resolve with consistent use. Eventually, you will feel a blast of energy after a meal—no need for afternoon naps. Before I included digestive enzymes in my nutritional regimen, seamless digestion was an issue. Digestive enzymes helped me turn the corner with my gut health.
As an animal lover and former vegan, I understand the desire to avoid animal protein. However, as a health practitioner, I see serious protein and vitamin deficiency in 80% of my vegan clients. Personally, I had to make a decision in my late 20s to add fish and meat to my diet. Although this change was difficult, my body required animal protein. I was hypoglycemic and my blood sugar levels were problematic. Furthermore, my hormones were out of whack and my body was inflamed from head to toe. I experimented with macrobiotic, raw food vegan, vegetarian, and paleo diets. However, when I added fish, I could suddenly think clearly again. My inflammation diminished and I regained patience and creativity.
No Grain No Pain
Last but not least, I learned to eliminate grains from my diet. Grains tend to inflame the gut. Nevertheless, you can enjoy carbohydrates from beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, and winter squash. Although my protein powders consist of rice and pea protein, they are highly digestible and anti-inflammatory.
When I was battling infertility, I added even more protein and healthy fats, such as avocados, raw organic oils, and goat kefir. My two beautiful children are both Blood Type 0, so we started each day with protein, instead of cereal.
All bodies are unique. If you are a healthy, happy, and balanced vegan, I honor your choice. However, if you experience more than three of the protein deficiency symptoms above, reconsider your diet.
I created All Day Energy and Protein Power so that my kids and I would never be without protein. I wanted a lump-free protein powder that was delicious with only water and monk fruit sweetener. They are the perfect breakfast, snack, or late-night elixir.
To your health,
Author & Digestive Health Consultant,
Santa Barbara, California