In light of the fact that we are regularly reminded of the dangers of red meat, many have cut back on meat and are unable to thrive with the energy they once had. In addition, we are told with good reliability that all fish carry unhealthy levels of mercury and therefore fish is on the “not to eat” list. Many just eat tons of chicken which, unless it is free range and organic, has its issues. Perhaps there are even more of us who just can't stomach the thought of eating animals and become vegetarians. While I am still a great fan of a mostly vegetarian diet, I find few are able to pull off vegetarianism well. Over time, an unhealthy and imbalanced vegetarian diet can cause a litany of health concerns. This is such a common presentation I felt it was important to create a quiz to help screen folks for the nutritional woes of a diet lacking in adequate protein.
If you have answered yes to any of the quiz questions and you are a vegetarian or eat meat or fish less than three times a week, you may be protein deficient. Ask your doctor for a blood test to confirm the levels of protein in your body, and watch this great video for information on Protein Deficiency Symptoms and the solutions to restoring protein balance in your body:
Source: Dr John Douillard LifeSpa
Have you ever heard of Tryptophan? It is an essential amino acid that is not made in the human body and must be obtained from the diet. Tryptophan has a very important function in our body as it gets converted into Serotonin, the ‘happy’ hormone responsible for mood and appetite. In turn Serotonin gets converted into Melatonin the ‘sleep’ hormone that helps us have a good nights sleep. So tryptophan is an important part of the whole feel-good cycle and essential part of our wellbeing.
Tryptophan deficiency can cause symptoms such as insomnia, low levels of serotonin, depression, anxiety, impulsiveness, irritability, inability to concentrate, weight loss and poor growth in children, according to the World's Healthiest Foods. When tryptophan deficiency is accompanied by a vitamin B-3 deficiency, symptoms can include dementia.
According to the World's Healthiest Foods, natural food sources of L-tryptophan include bananas, nuts, soybeans, red meat, seeds, dairy products, shellfish, tuna and turkey. Tryptophan is compromised in the cooking process so I would suggest you receive it through the consumption of raw food sources listed above. This way you will know that you are receiving the nutrient as nature attended!
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