Wednesday, February 12, 2014
I read an article today - after I had already maxed out my SparkPoints for articles to read (so I can click on this tomorrow and get my SparkPoints then...).
From the article "How Much Protein Do I Really Need?" by Becky Hand:
"Diagnosing a protein deficiency requires a complex nutritional assessment, physical assessment and lab testing. A low protein intake can occur for an extended period of timeŚlong before signs and symptoms of deficiency develop. Signs of protein malnutrition include edema (swelling in the feet, ankles and legs), anemia, fatigue, hair loss, changes in nail condition, diarrhea, muscle wasting, dry skin, thinning of skin with skin breakdown (ulcers and wounds), a weaker immune system and infections. When these symptoms are experienced, the deficiency is already at a dangerous level and can quickly lead to medical complications and death."
I don't have all of these symptoms but I do have many of them. I've known awhile that SparkTracker will say I didn't get enough protein. There are those where I don't feel like eating meat. Soy proteins (as in shakes etc) always make my gut hurt, like someone just kicked my stomach. Some of the other protein shakes are sweetened with artificial sweeteners which give me other problems, or they will use a protein from pork or shellfish which I already know I can't handle (I think I may have gotten one or both in some Asian food I had the day before I had the hives, which I mentioned a few days ago.).
It's like the U2 song - "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" but in clean protein that tastes good (not like what Bono was looking for...).
Gonna put some beans on to soak.... yummy! I love beans!?