By Michael King
The subject of "getting enough protein" is probably the most over-rated piece of misinformation put out by the American Medical Association and the FDA. Many health foodists, especially vegetarians, have mistakenly attributed that "low energy feeling" to a low protein sign. The typical response is to reach for nuts, soy products, protein shakes, meat, cheese, and the like. The subsequent digestive disturbances, fuzzy brain and even lower energy the next 1-3 days (signs of excessive protein or a food combining compromise) is not always associated to yesterday's "high protein" intake.
If low protein is not the real cause of low energy (as will become obvious later in this article), then what is it really telling us, and how do we regain our energy in ways that do not compromise our health?
Such is the subject of the following article with a few surprising nutrition facts from extensive health studies.
Web Audio: Click here to go to the webpage where you can listen to or download the audio file: CC - How to Get Enough Protein (originally presented Dec 14, 2010).
This article was updated Oct 3, 2012
The Session Overview below is provided as a courtesy to those who prefer to read rather than listen, yet on each call additional insights are given which round out the subject.
How Much Protein Do We Really Need?
An excellent article by Raw Food Explained.com provides the history of how AMA protein requirements were first determined (by observing dogs), then compares that excessively high estimate to cultures that live healthily on very little protein.
Here is the conclusion of their analysis: “Although Natural Hygiene and Life Science do not endorse gram-counting, calorie-counting or a preoccupation with minimal daily requirements, it seems that a reasonable estimate of the protein needs of an adult is probably in the 25 to 30 grams daily range — or about 1 gram per five pounds of body weight. If a person eats a varied diet of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and sprouts, he is assured that he will meet this protein requirement, along with all the other nutrient needs.”
Consuming more protein than this small amount can lead to excess protein related health problems which may include:
1. Excessive nitrogen buildup in the muscles resulting in chronic fatigue
2. Protein poisoning resulting in headaches, general achiness, and allergy-type symptoms
3. A disturbance of the natural balance of the hormonal system of the body due to the abnormal amounts of hormones (for the human) existing in the animal parts eaten
4. Additional strain on the liver, kidneys and adrenals to eliminate the toxins created by the excessive protein & hormones
5. Excessive acidity resulting in joint pains, bone deterioration and arthritic symptoms
6. Autoimmune conditions due to the inefficient digestion of proteins (particularly meat proteins fed GMO grains)
7. Fuzzy brain, and in cases of extreme protein toxicity from liver failure, delirium
8. Parasites (which feed off of undigested, putrefying meat in the gut)
9. Leaky-gut (where undigested proteins enter into the bloodstream due to an inflamed or weakened bowel lining)
10. Cooked meat proteins are hard for the digestive tract to break down and cannot be recycled as a protein. Vegetable proteins are readily recyclable in the body
11. Slow bowel activity due to the constipating nature of meat, nuts, eggs and cheese, common protein sources
12. Candida overgrowth (yeast or fungus is used by nature to break down hard to digest matter. Being fed by the excess proteins, and sugars or starches commonly consumed with proteins, candida grows to excess)
13. Lower energy overall due to the congestion caused by excessive proteins in the diet
The China Study
The China Study (an extremely thorough 20 year study comparing diets in several provinces of China and its effect on promoting diseases/good health in the Chinese population) revealed that individuals that consumed the highest amounts of meat and dairy in their diet had the greatest number of diseases (coronary heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, high cholesterol, arthritis, etc), whereas those that ate no animal meat or dairy products, relying strictly on a whole vegetable, fruit and grain diet had almost none of these same diseases.
To understand the origin and basis of the China Study and clinical trials performed here in the US along the same lines, watch the DVD: Forks Over Knives.
The Quality of the Animal Protein
Many other symptoms of excessive protein in the diet are also possible based on the origin of the protein, how the animals were cared for (antibiotics, hormones, etc. vs. clays and natural remedies), what they were fed (genetically modified grains or grass fed), the quality of their life (grass fed, free range, or constrained to a small area) and the conditions surrounding of their death prior to slaughter.
Consciousness of the animal can also be transferred to the consumer, much like the consciousness, habits and food preferences of an organ donor can be transferred to the recipient.
The Most Significant Reason I Prefer a Predominately Plant-Based Diet Over an Meat-Based Diet
The most significant reason I feel the human being was not designed to consume the meat of an animal is that, to kill an animal that once had conscious life is to bring the reflection of death back into the consumer’s experience. I believe it is for this reason that very few humans of today live to be a hundred and twenty, let alone a lifespan similar to those of an earlier era in which the human lived for several hundred years (recorded in the Old Testament and by several other cultural traditions).
Li Chin-Yuen of China is believed to have lived 256 years, by some estimates, producing over 200 descendants during his lifetime and surviving 22 wives. Wikipedia documents that “He began gathering herbs in the mountain ranges at the age of ten, and also began learning of longevity methods, surviving on a diet of herbs and rice wine...He worked as a herbalist, promoting the use of wild reishi, goji berry, wild ginseng, ho shou wu and gotu kola along with other Chinese herbs...at 130 years old Master Li encountered an older hermit, over 500 years old, in the mountains who taught him Baguazhang and a set of Qi Gong with breathing instructions, movements training coordinated with specific sounds, and dietary recommendations.” Meats and dairy were nowhere in his dietary regimen. He attributed his long life mostly, however, to the practice of Qigong.
According to the Anastasia materials ( www.RingingCedars.com ) , mankind did not begin consuming animals until they left their utopian, well stocked, garden lifestyle to roam the earth. Not having access to a daily supply of self-grown produce from a garden designed to reseed and grow on its own without the need for machinery or fertilizers, these tribal groups roaming the earth began the barbaric tradition of eating meat for sustenance.
Prior to this, it was unthinkable to kill our animal friends for food as there was more than a sufficient amount of food in our own homestead garden. The animals took great delight in caring for the human being, supplying the human with nuts, dried mushrooms, honey and tubers from their own homestead forest. The animals also watched over the children, leaving the parents free at times to occupy themselves with the more important tasks of contemplation of the true nature of Life, desirable creative pursuits and preparing the world to be a better place for their children to grow up in. Love was at the center of such a lifestyle. No one enjoying such a lifestyle would ever think of killing the very animals that served the family with such fervor and with an obvious pleasure in doing so.
There are a few in contemporary times, like Jasmuheen, who have reduced their diet down to mostly water and sunlight (through sun gazing) and, in some instances, kelp or occasional other mild food or drink. Their health remains superior to that provided by other diets even after many years, proving that the body will be able to be sustained quite well on very low levels of protein. Such examples prove that the body's capacity to build an adequate protein supply on demand is much greater than the medical establishment would have you believe.
Are Protein Supplements Any Better?
To again quote the Raw Food Explained.com article: “protein supplements are made from fragmented foods such as soy powder, dried egg whites, powdered milk, etc. When foods are eaten in a processed and fragmented state, they tend to oversupply the body with some nutrients while creating a deficiency of other nutrients. Consequently, protein supplements, besides supplying an excessive and harmful amount of protein, also disrupt the body’s nutritional balance.”
Clearly, sufficient proteins can be obtained from a plant-based diet resulting in far greater health (as the China Study proved) than that provided by an animal-based diet.
So what is the real reason we might experience that low energy feeling that we interpret to mean we need protein? The truth is, it is not protein we are craving (even if some nuts or meat temporarily satisfy the craving). Low energy or spaciness are signs of adrenal burnout and spleen weaknesses (often caused by consuming sweets and stimulants). There are a few other causes as well. Here is a summary:
What is the “something’s missing” feeling really telling you?
1. Dehydration (before consuming protein, try a glass of water)
2. Mineral deficiency (resulting in hormone deficiency)
3. Low blood sugar (adrenal exhaustion from sugars, alcohol, stimulants, toxins, candida overgrowth, etc.)
4. Excessive sulfur intake (brassica-mustard family plants) coupled with insufficient iron intake (best derived from earthen sources like Sacred Clay ) resulting in low thyroid and anemia.
5. Spleen weakness from the consumption of sweets, stimulants and congesting foods (like dairy)
OK, so what are some good sources of protein?
To begin with, most plant-based foods high in amino acids, minerals, and phytonutrients. These are the ultimate building blocks of protein required by your body. The body is capable of manufacturing its protein needs when provided with a sufficient amount of the raw materials. Some of the best raw materials for protein are listed below followed by some of our products that contain them:
1. Bee pollen (a near total nutrition source), Bee Pollen Propolis
2. Avocado and other foods rich in amino acids (which form proteins)
3. Seaweeds (good source of proteins, minerals and amino acids), Earth & Sea Greens, Thyroid Balance
4. Algae (good source of proteins, minerals and amino acids), Earth & Sea Greens, Thyroid Balance
5. Clay and non-clay mineral sources (minerals are the building blocks of amino acids which form proteins), Sacred Clay, Ormalite, Vitallite, Ancient Mineral Blend, Friendly Flora
6. Mushrooms (dried or cooked, but not fresh raw), Adaptogen & Mushroom Blend, Earth & Sea Greens
7. Lewis Labs Brewer’s Yeast (Candida free)
8. Sunlight (sun gazing)
9. Common fruits and vegetables
10. Mineral dense herbs (nettle, alfalfa, etc.), Earth & Sea Greens, most formulas
The Original Secret to Being Nourished Completely Without Consuming Solid Food At All
Eat as you breathe.
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