Here’s what happens when you eat too much protein

Here’s what happens when you eat too much protein

Protein intake is indeed imperative for the smooth functioning of our body. It keeps your hard-earned muscles happy, your stomach from growling an hour after you eat, and your metabolism humming at a fiery pace. but consuming protein in excess may imbalance our body system. Furthermore, protein in surplus may trigger serious health issues.

According to The DRI (Dietary Reference Intake), 0.8 grams of protein is required per kilogram of body weight. So this amounts to 56 grams per day for the average sedentary man and 46 grams per day for the average sedentary woman. Therefore, any amount in excess than what is required can prove to be harmful to our body’s functioning. Here we have listed a few risks that excess protein intake may pose to our body.

Here’s what happens when you eat too much protein

Here’s what happens when you eat too much protein

1. You put your kidneys at risk

With protein intake, we also take in nitrogen by-products. Our kidneys then filter out these by-products from our blood. If protein is consumed as per the body’s requirement, these nitrogen by-products are eliminated through urine. But gorging on protein foods puts pressure on the kidneys as they have to work hard to get rid of extra nitrogen content in the body. This, if not controlled, you could be increasing your risk for kidney damage.

2. It may cause weight gain

You must be under the impression that foods rich in protein are ideal for weight watchers. But again, excess intake of protein foods may cause weight gain. A high-protein diet might help you drop a few kilos for a shorter duration but if you are eating egg whites in excess and consuming protein drinks, you will gain weight.

3. Your mouth smells

Cutting out carbs from your diet and eating high-protein diet, make your body enter a state called ketosis. It is a condition where the body needs to break down body fat for energy. Although this may be a good thing for your abs. it’s not so great for your breath.When our body burns fat, it also produces chemicals called ketones that can leave the mouth smelling. No matter how much you brush, floss or rinse, it wouldn’t help in making that bad breath fresh.

4. You feel dehydrated

High-protein foods also increase the constant desire for water. In fact, studies show that too much protein can even cause mild dehydration. Experts say that as our kidneys constantly work to remove the excess protein as well as the nitrogen waste, we tend to urinate too frequently and eventually feel more thirsty.

5. It may impact your mood

The kind of diet we consume greatly impacts our ‘happy hormones’. Our brain needs carbs to stimulate the production of the mood-regulating hormone called serotonin. If these foods are eliminated from our diet, we are likely to feel irritable, short-tempered and even depressed. One Australian study of overweight adults found that those who followed a strict low-carb diet for a year reported more crankiness compared to those who followed a higher-carb, low-fat diet—even though both groups lost roughly the same amount of weight.

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