Protein is one of the most important nutrients the body needs. A complex macro-molecule, made up of 20 amino acids monomers, it is a nutrient which the body cannot store, but collects all its supplies from the food eaten. Hence, eating foods rich in proteins is very important.
The following are four things that might happen to your body if, you do not get adequate levels of protein.
1. Muscle breakdown
Your muscles are made up of proteins and are also needed to maintain them and make new ones. If not enough proteins is taken, your muscles will become weak and eventually begin to look flabby and waste away, a condition known as sarcopenia. Sarcopenia is one sign of aging, but it can be made worse by a deficiency in protein intake or be caused to happen earlier on in life.
2. Weight loss
When you do not take the right amounts of proteins and also of calories, a condition known as Maramus develops, in which your body burns what little protein you do eat for energy. This in turn reduces your metabolic rate, hence causing weight gain.
3. Cardiovascular complications
Your blood contains proteins that help it, to be thick and sticky, so body cells can extract resources from it easily. These proteins need to be replenished regularly from proteins gotten from your food, but a deficiency in protein reduces the body’s ability to replenish the proteins responsible for the blood’s thickness and stickiness, causing low blood pressure.
A heart condition called bradycardia may also develop, which is caused by either protein deficiency or fat deficiency. Your heart begins to slow down, reducing body and mental functions and making you dizzy and out of breath. If your heart rate falls below 60 to 100 beats per minute, go and see a doctor immediately.
4. Hair loss
Your skin is made up of the protein keratin, which when in scarcity, makes the body not to be able to make new hair and maintain old ones. So your hair begins to wither and fall away.
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