Protein Myths and Misconceptions
Many people focus on getting sufficient protein in their diet and many athletic individuals focus on a high protein diet. Our greatest protein needs are when we are infants and people require far less protein than they believe. Our society has become rather biased from the meat, dairy and supplement industries into believing we should consume abundant protein and animal protein sources. Billions are spent each year in advertisements indicating meat and dairy products are essential to proper nutrition. In reality, plants, fruits and vegetables (especially the green plant kingdom) actually contain an abundant amount of protein.
Most athletes and body builders indure a lot of unnecessary health issues, injuries and ailments as a result of abundant acid forming proteins in their diets. More protein does not mean more muscle, strength, power or speed. The consistency and intensity of each work out along with a high level of quality alkalizing foods supply the body with vital nutrients to repair muscle breakdown, neutralize acids, hydrate tissues, and cleanse & nourish our cells which also produces long lasting energy. Fruits and vegetables are highly alkalizing whereas meat and dairy are highly acid forming.
Athletes often look fantastic on the outside but their bodies could feel older on the inside as a result of acidity and/or aches, pains, wear and tear. Most bodybuilders believe that eating high amounts of protein (usually 70 % of their diet) is the way to gain mass.
Too much protein creates health issues such as acidosis, constipation and other digestive disorders that often lead to toxemia, autoimmune dysfunction, arthritis, premature aging, skin conditions, osteoporosis among other conditions resulting from eating too many acid forming foods.
The body must counterbalance the acidity caused by excess protein consumption and will use its reserve of minerals such as calcium from our bones and teeth to neutralize the acids from the excess protein we ingest.
Soy protein is a popular alternative to animal protein for many however it is difficult to digest for many and contains enzyme inhibitors that actually halt protein digestion. Soy undergoes high-tech processing methods to extract its proteins and concentrates however, this same process fails to remove naturally occurring toxins present in soybeans and can also leave behind carcinogenic residues. Soy protein is acid-forming in your body. Non-organic soy is typically genetically modified soy.
Whey Protein, derived from dairy, is an isolate which undergoes multiple processes that destroy bioactive compounds. Whey is difficult for many to digest and only has about 30% digestibility and absorbency ability. Low digestibility means your body can not efficiently digest the protein which results in the protein being stored as fat. Dairy is a common allergen, is highly acid forming and is considered the leader in forming sticky mucous.
Consider some of the strongest animals such as gorilla, elephant, and horse eat mainly greens and are muscular lean bodies. Lions are an exception, however they kill vegan, plant eating animals.
Note, acidic forming foods burn all our minerals since they are acid buffers which also creates a lot of thick mucus build up throughout the body. It takes 20 parts of alkinility to neutralize one part of acidity.
Plant-based proteins are body friendly and have many benefits: easy to digest, alkaline-forming, low in saturated fats and promote a healthy body weight. Green leafy vegetables have a good amount of protein per volume. Quality vegetable protein sources are sea vegetables, dulse, kelp, wakame, nori, spirulina, chlorella, bee pollen, sprouts, nuts & seeds, (seeds contain more protein than nuts.