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Written by Navneet Kaur, M.Sc. Nutrition & Dietetics


Signs that you are not taking enough protein


Protein is an essential nutrient that is required for numerous bodily functions, including muscle growth and repair, hormone production, and immune function. Here are five signs that you may not be getting enough protein:


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Protein is essential for building and repairing muscles. If you're not taking enough protein, you may experience muscle weakness and decreased muscle mass.

1. Muscle weakness

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Exercise causes muscle damage, and protein is needed to repair and rebuild the damaged muscle tissue. If you're not consuming enough protein, you may experience slower recovery from exercise, increased soreness, and a higher risk of injury.

2. Slow recovery from exercise

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Protein plays a critical role in immune function. If you're not getting enough protein, your immune system may be compromised, making you more susceptible to infections and illnesses.

3. Frequent Illness

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Protein is also essential for healthy hair, skin, and nails. Inadequate protein intake may cause brittle nails, dry skin, and thinning hair.

4. Hair,skin and nail issues

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Protein is essential for satiety, or the feeling of fullness after a meal. If you're not consuming enough protein, you may experience increased hunger and cravings, which can lead to overeating and weight gain.

5. Hunger and Cravings

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