“…[Most] individuals with great intelligence, clairvoyance, and/or wisdom have not relied on super-nutrition or strong substances, but lived simply, in moderation and balance.” ~ Paul Pitchford, Healing with Whole Foods
Protein & Vitamin B-12 Sources
As promised in Tamara’s Live Facebook Video, below is the list of Protein & Vitamin B-12 Sources as published in the book Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford.
It’s important to remember that both protein deficiency and overconsumption can lead to health issues, as Tamara discussed in the video above. It is not advisable to consume more than 75 grams of protein per day, as this can lead to kidney deficiency and cause the body to lose more calcium through urination than it can absorb from food.
However, you should keep in mind that it is possible to be getting adequate caloric intake and still be protein deficient. This is most common in those who:
- Have alcoholic liver damage
- Suffer with bulimia
- Have a poor diet, consuming too much sugar (pastries, candy, soft drinks, etc)
- Eat many highly processed sweets or other non-foods
- Follow a pure fruitarian diet
- Follow a vegan diet and don’t chew their food well enough (animal protein will digest even if not fully chewed)
- Seldom eat grains, legumes, nuts or seeds
- Greatly overeat
Signs of protein deficiency include the deterioration of body tissues (as evidenced by hemorrhoids, weak muscles and nails, hair loss, slow healing of wounds, and a lack of energy and strength), degeneration of mental concentration and emotional stability, as well as weakened immune response that leads to allergies and infections.
If you struggle to get enough protein in your diet, the chart below can help you identify foods to incorporate. One interesting thing to note is the benefit of micro-algae, which rivals even beef in its level of protein content: just 3 grams (1 tsp.) of powdered spirulina (or chlorrella) contains the same amount of protein as 36 grams of beef.
Conversely, if you tend to overconsume the high-protein foods in this chart, consider reducing the number and/or size of your daily servings of these foods.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms discussed above or if you are struggling to maintain a healthy, balanced diet, give us a call or book an appointment online today – we can help!