Protein poisoning and physical complaints

Be aware of protein poisoning

Protein poisoning

The intake of protein is then greater than 35% of the total calorie amount that you eat.

For example, more than 175 g for a 2000 calorie diet.

The liver and kidneys play key roles in the metabolism of proteins. When excessive amounts are consumed, it can put the body at risk for increased levels of ammonia, urea, and amino acids in the blood. Although very rare, protein poisoning can be fatal because of these increased levels.

Symptoms in protein poisoning:

• Nausea.
• Headache.
• Weakness.
• Fatigue, unexplained exhaustion.
• Irritability.
• Low blood pressure.
• Diarrhea.
• Slow heart rate.
• Dehydration, thirsty all the time.
• Frequent peeing.
• Bad breath.
• Brain fog.

Protein poisoning is the possible cause for diseases such as:

• Cardiovascular disease.
• Blood vessel diseases.
• Seizures.
• Liver and kidney diseases. The liver turns nitrogen into urea and kidneys have to excrete this urea. This extra work for the liver and kidneys creates stress and aging.
• Diabetes type 2.
• Osteoporosis (calcium loss).
• Overweight.
• Cancer.

High protein diets such as Atkins, Keto or Paleo encourage higher fat intake and some carb intake, so protein poisoning is unlikely.

People that are at risk for too much protein intake are:

• People with kidney and liver diseases.
• People with low carbohydrate intake.
• Starvation.
• People with gout.

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