There is a lot of misinformation about the proper amounts of protein out there and it’s causing a lot of sickness. Share this information with your family, friends and your networks so it may benefit their health if they are suffering from too much daily protein.
Facts On Why A Low Protein Diet Or A Lower Protein Diet Than What You Are Consuming Now Would Be Best For Optimal Health.
1. Developed countries are seeing consistently increased deaths from kidney failure and colon cancer caused by… wait for it …too much protein.
2. Kidney Failure was the #7 Cause of death in the U.S.(2009, they stopped publishing the numbers lately so people don’t connect the dots)…. and yet there has never been one case of protein deficiency ever recorded, so why the major push to the public to consume so much protein?
First, you have to understand why the consumption of too much protein leads to kidney failure and then how to avoid it.
When you consume too much protein, excess amounts are sent to your liver for processing and at that point the protein has broken down (this is called “deamination”) but has become a strong alkali (ammonia, think of winder cleaner fluid).
The liver detects the problem and proceeds to dilute it with your blood ( called “hypertrophy”). The liver turns the ammonia into urea and sends it to the kidneys to flush out with your urine, causing the kidneys to also engorge (hypertrophy). As this cycle repeats itself, the organs become weaker and weaker and eventually fail.
Why a low protein diet is the best option and please understand, by low I mean “lower” than what the public has been consuming which in general has been far too much.
That is not the entirety of damage caused by excess protein, osteoporosis also becomes an issue. You may have heard of your body’s pH balance and the acid/alkaline diet, well when the ammonia hits the bloodstream, the extreme alkaline properties cause the body to draw calcium from bones to try to create a pH balance, which is why there is a high level of calcium in the urine of those with high protein diets.
Ironically, marketing and manufacturers tell people to drink milk, which does a body goof, for “strong bones”, when in fact the condensed protein in milk is partly responsible for excess protein consumption and osteoporosis. Milk is not providing calcium, it’s depleting it! Dark leafy greens are the answer for natural calcium but that’s another story.
The proof is so blatantly obvious, case in point, North Americans are in the top 3 countries for meat/dairy consumption and yet we have the highest rates of osteoporosis.
In fact, the three countries in the world with the highest meat/dairy consumption have the highest rates of osteoporosis and colon cancer, did the “light bulb” just go on for you?
Think About This;
The traditional medical system provides us with the proof. When a person suffering from kidney failure is admitted to a hospital they are immediately put on a “low protein diet”. Check the lunch sheet next time you visit someone in the hospital or ask a doctor. People with kidney problems are immediately get put on a low protein diet… are the pieces of the puzzle starting to fit together here?
Would it not make more sense to simply make sure you are consuming an adequate, but not excessive, low protein diet in the first place and avoid kidney issues all together? Logical, right? Why don’t doctors think prevention first, damage control, second?
People that eat a higher concentration of plant based foods have much lower occurrences of osteoporosis, heart disease, kidney failure, and other preventable diseases.
This is not about you never eating meat. It is about not eating too much or too often to the point that is harmful to your health.
So what amounts do we need on a low protein diet?
This varies greatly from person to person because there are a lot of variables to consider and even some genetic factors. Some people process amino acids better than others, some people need less protein to function as optimally as someone who has twice their amount.
The general scientific consensus (I personally believe it is 30-40% less) seems to be: 0.36 grams per pound body weight, per day, for adults (0.8 grams/kilo) for example;
120 lb person = 44 grams of protein
154 lb person = 55 grams of protein
Professional athletes and bodybuilders need 10% more, yes, that’s right, only 10% – which you will automatically get just from consuming a lot more calories that you are burning. So, don’t even consciously add more protein. Bodybuilders are always concered that with a low protein diet, they will lose size, however, what they find is no muscle mass is lost and they have more energy which results in better workouts. They became stronger and better oiled machines.
How much does the average North American man, woman, and child consume in protein per day? Roughly, 120-200 grams per day!! That’s 3 to 4+ times more than needed. Mix that in with not enough fiber to move things out quickly and that equates to a lot of internal damage with the potential of colon cancer added to the list. Low protein diet anyone?
Too much protein = kidney failure, pancreas malfunction, colon cancer, heart disease, obesity… ALL AVOIDABLE DISEASES on a low protein diet.
Plant based sources for a low protein diet (all based on 100g serving), this will eleviate the fear of “not getting enough protein”.
Low Protein Diet Menu
And, broccoli, spinach, parsley, many other greens, rice, and a very long list of plant based foods have 3-6 grams of protein a serving.
It’s important to point out that you can’t overdose and cause harm internally with plant protein, they are smaller concentrations, easy to process and assimilate, with absolutely no stress on any organ.
Comparatively, you get about 60-80 grams of protein in the average steak, and approximately the same in one serving of chicken or turkey. If the menu is sausage and egg sandwich for breakfast, burger for lunch, and chicken for dinner – I’ll let you do the math, way too much protein!
This is exactly why, as a society, we are sick and obese and the numbers are climbing every year. And, to add to this, then there’s the toxically processed flours, carcinogenic deep fried potatoes, and lethal soft drinks that are accompanying those mega-protein meals.
The bottom line is, you don’t need as much protein as you have been taught to consume and the low protein diet you do need is built in to a wide variety of plant foods (minus the cholesterol, hormones, steroids, fatty acids,…).
So, here’s my suggestionj for a low protein diet based on the calculations given earlier, eat a real whole food diet, as raw and unprocessed as possible, and just don’t overdose on meat. Moderation. If you were hunting in the jungle, chances are you wouldn’t be catching something every day. You also wouldn’t gorge on 10 pounds a sitting, you would be sharing with your tribe – so eat meat along those lines.
If you are eating meat, eat a lot less of it and spend the extra money on organic, raw produce and food. Eat plant based dishes the rest of the time, and you’ll find your health a lot more balanced.
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