Protein is an essential nutrient for survival. Not only is it a building block for muscles that move our body, but it also performs major biological functions of hormones, antibodies, and enzymes.
The recommended daily protein intake for an average adult is about 0.36 gram per pound of body weight. As long as you eat a palm-sized portion of lean meat, fish, tofu, or beans for each meal, you'll have no problem getting your daily protein.
However, if you generally lack protein intake, abnormal signals may appear throughout the body. This is when you especially need to pay more attention to protein supplementation. So, what are the signs?
◇ Craving Sweets
Protein digests and absorbs more slowly than carbohydrates, promoting longer satiety and raising blood sugar gradually. However, when protein intake is low, food is quickly digested in the body and its sugar is quickly released into the bloodstream.
At this time, when a large amount of insulin is secreted and the blood sugar spike suddenly drops, it makes you hungry very easily and crave sweets.
◇ Joint/Muscle Pain
Protein is the body's main source of energy. Therefore, if we do not consume enough protein, our body breaks down muscles for fuel. This causes muscle weakness (sarcopenia), decreased muscle mass, and joint weakness. The risk of sarcopenia is especially high in the elderly.
In addition, if the body does not have enough protein, it takes much longer to recover the damaged parts. Therefore, muscle and joint pain can drag out unnecessarily.
◇ Reduced Skin Elasticity
The dermal layer of the skin is composed of 90% collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. Collagen protein helps the skin maintain its original shape and firmness.
Therefore, if the dermal layer collapses, the shape of the skin collapses, causing deep wrinkles and loss of elasticity as the skin becomes dry.
◇ Thinner Hair & Easily Cracked Nails
Hair is made up of protein called keratin. If there's not enough keratin being made due to insufficient protein, hair becomes thinner and falls out easily, increasing the risk of hair loss.
Nails can also be easily cracked or broken, since protein is essential for cell growth in nails.
Since protein is deployed first to produce immune cells, there's not enough of it left over that's being delivered to hair and nails, which the body deems relatively unnecessary to re-generate.
Speaking of which...
◇ Catching Cold Easily
Lack of protein reduces your immune functions. You become more vulnerable to bacteria or viruses that enter the body, which increases the likelihood of catching a cold.
At this point, you probably know what you need to eat but may be looking for a more easily digestible and convenient protein source.
We recommend our Grass Fed Whole Goat Milk + Grass Fed Hydrolyzed Collagen powder.
Goat Milk is the closest beverage to human breastmilk, so it is nutritionally beneficial to include in our diet.
Compared to cow milk, goat milk is low in lactose, so it's less allergenic. This allows our body to absorb it better.
The collagen has been added to support your healthy skin, hair, and nails, as well as maintaining your bone, joint, and muscle strength.
Each serving contains 15 grams of protein and 12 grams of collagen, which makes it excellent for all ages!
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