The Importance of Protein

 Al the cells of your body contain protein, and, because your body needs it every day for a variety of functions and does not store it, you need adequate amounts of protein in your daily diet.  Protein FunctionsProteins are involved in nearly every process within your cells and tissues. In addition to providing structure to your organs, muscles, nails and hair, this nutrient helps your cells communicate and allows for muscle contraction and the transmission of nerve signals. Protein makes up immune molecules, blood cells, hormones, and enzymes, and it also assists your cells in synthesizing new proteins. Too little protein in your diet can affect one or more of these essential functions and cause symptoms ranging from unpleasant to life threatening. Negative EffectsIf the foods you eat provide you with too few amino acids, especially essential amino acids, your body breaks down protein rich tissues your muscles, for example to access them. therefore, the initial effect of low protein intake can be muscle wasting accompanied by increasing weakness. You may also experience a greater number of infections because your immune system can’t produce enough antibodies or other immune molecules. You might become increasingly irritable and develop a skin rash and changes to your hair texture. Extreme protein deficiency can result in shock and eventual death. Limiting your protein intake can be helpful if you have chronic kidney disease. With reduced kidney function, this organ is unable to process the breakdown products of protein, nitrogen, and creatine, as well as a healthy kidney can. Restricting your protein intake as recommended by your health care provider can help prevent these waste products from accumulating in your blood to toxic levels and may delay your need for dialysis. A severely diseased liver can also benefit from a low protein intake. Your liver assists protein digestion, and decreased levels of this nutrient in your diet can help ease the burden on a poorly functioning liver. Eating too little protein can result in these symptoms:      A sluggish metabolism      Trouble losing weight      Trouble building muscle mass      Low energy levels and fatigue      Poor concentration and trouble learning      Moodiness and mood swings      Muscle, bone and joint pain      Blood sugar changes that can lead to diabetes