Is It Possible to Have Too Much Protein?

eggsIt is possible to get too much of a good thing, even something as good for you as protein? It turns out that the answer to that is yes, and if you wind up getting too much protein some strange things can happen! Here’s the lowdown on what too much protein can do to your body!

How Much Protein Do You Need?

Protein is very important in your diet, but how much do you really need? Well, many nutritionists say that a normal person who is leads a sedentary lifestyle should have 40 to 70 grams of protein a day. If you’re an athlete trying to build muscles, you need as much as 200 grams of protein a day. Too much protein is considered consuming over 30 percent of your calories in protein.

Changes in Mood

If you’re not getting enough fat or carbs in your diet then it can have an impact on the neurotransmitters in your brain and this can affect your mood. Carbohydrates help with the production of serotonin, a hormone released by the brain that helps you to stay calm and relaxed. Too much protein can actually cause your body to make too much norepinephrine, and that can lead to difficulty sleeping and that can lead to feeling irritable, worn-out and twitchy.

Weight Gain

Believe it or not, too much protein can cause weight gain. When you eat too much, your body will treat it as excess calories that need to be stored, so the protein is transformed to sugar which is then stored as fat. Protein can be a great weight loss tool because it helps you to feel fuller for longer, but too much of it will only result in gaining fat.

Heart Issues

No matter what you’re eating you need to keep the amount of cholesterol you’re eating in mind too, and protein tends to have a lot of cholesterol. Too much animal protein may cause a buildup of plaque in your arteries and that can increase your risk of cardiovascular conditions like heart disease, heart attack and even stroke.

Bad Breath

So, too much protein can make you smell bad – that’s surprising, right? When your body breaks down the extra protein you’re eating it also produces ammonia as a byproduct. Too much ammonia in your bloodstream can lead to bad breath.

Kidney Issues

The kidneys have to work really hard in order to filter out the byproducts in your blood from too much protein. This can put a lot of strain on your kidneys and even damage them and the way they function. You can also become dehydrated from the extra water needed by your body to rid itself of the excess byproducts.

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