The Dangers of Protein
Everyone is concerned about getting enough protein and everywhere you turn there are new protein shakes, supplements, powders, and bars. High-protein diets have been rebranded and have taken the market by storm. Protein is highly marketable and out of the macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fats), the easiest to package and sell. Still with all this information bombarding the masses, very few understand what protein is, its purposes, how the body uses it, how much we actually need, and what happens when it is consumed in excess.
How Protein is Used
The body cannot actually use protein and if it is introduced into the bloodstream without first undergoing the process of digestion, it is toxic and poisonous. Protein is a complex structure that must be broken down into simple compounds called amino acids. The compounds of amino acids are what create proteins. The stomach releases Hydrochloric acid which activates an enzyme called pepsin that breaks down protein into amino acids.
The body uses amino acids as a building material, in the production of various hormones, and they are said to serve for specific functions and some may also be used in a process of obtaining energy. The body doesn’t actually use the amino acids (nitrogen) for energy. When some amino acids are split the remainder of the molecule is carbon and carbon is the main fuel source for the body. This can be a very taxing, toxic, and stressful process in an attempt to acquire fuel, making protein a less than desirable source.
Protein and Health
Health is defined by the functions of the cells and the proper processes of the body. Cell health is affected by the body’s environment. This environment is controlled by the processes of nutrition and elimination. These processes are controlled by the nervous system and anything that drains the nervous system hinders nutrition and elimination. If the “protein” is cooked, an enzyme resistant bond is formed making it difficult for the enzyme to break apart the amino acids for utilization. High protein foods are difficult to digest, requiring more exertion from the nervous system, draining its energy and exhausting its powers.
All foods contain amino acids but not all are being marketed as such. The high-protein foods that many are consuming are highly acidic in nature and when eaten in excess, alter the internal state of the body. Flesh foods contain nitric acid, phosphoric acid, uric acid, sulphuric acid, and ammonia. To neutralize these acids the body is often forced to pull mineral salts from its own tissues in an attempt to maintain a proper internal environment. This may lead to the weakening of the cell structure leaving a person prone to varicose veins, organ prolapses, osteoporosis, premature wrinkling, weak nails, thinning hair, aneurisms, and other diseases and malfunctions. These acids must then be removed, putting unnecessary stress upon the kidneys, eventually leading to the weakening of their function.
High-protein plant sources also contain high amounts of acids that are difficult for the body to handle in excess. All high-protein foods are acidic in nature and all in excess alter the internal environment of the body. When the internal environment is altered, the body is subject to the development of any and all diseases.
The body undergoes the most growth during infancy and healthy breast milk only contains 8 to 10% protein and is more than adequate for the proper growth and development of a child; this need may exceed that of an adult by as much as 50%. The body also recycles some of its cell waste and acquires amino acids through this process. Even the most active adult requires less protein than marketed.
Protein is highly marketable as it is profitable and has infiltrated all avenues of the health industry. When examining nature, the strongest mammals in the world, such as horses, elephants, cows, and gorillas do not consume a high-protein diet, nor do they put any thought into how much they are consuming. It is time that we go back to nature and follow its example, for that is the only way that the human species can emerge out of the perpetual state of disease.