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The Problem with High Protein Diets

By Dr. Eric Berg DC
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The Problem with High Protein Diets

Protein does trigger the fat burning process, but if your liver is toxic, weak or damage you won’t be able to handle all that heavy protein.

In other words, protein is hard on your liver. When waste builds up and you can’t detoxify, it causes bad breath and clog up the lymphatic system.

All that fat has to go through the liver -  so, you’ll end up with more of a fatty liver. 

Protein Diets Vs. Eating Vegetables

Protein diets do not provide all the necessary nutrition. Vegetables provide vitamins and minerals.

Protein provides amino acids and some of the essential fatty acids. You will create deficiency in potassium and calcium when on protein diets.

Potassium is important in heart rate, balancing out the blood sugar and storing sugar in your liver to counter act the heavy protein in the body. Potassium and calcium merely comes from vegetables.

If you are on a protein diet, I recommend eating a lot of vegetables with it to balance all that waste.

You might be told not to eat a lot of carbohydrates because it will slow down the fat burning process and vegetables are carbohydrates, but the level of sugar in vegetables like spinach, celery or kale is like 0 grams of sugar that’s why they are sort of bitter.

If you have grains or fruit that will be a problem. If you do too much protein like 8 or 10oz all that will be converted to fat. I recommend anything between 3oz to 4oz of protein.

Of course you are going to hear differently. They may say you need “100 grams of protein a day”. The older you get the more difficult it is to digest that protein.

You are not losing muscle protein in your body that much that we have to replace it. You don’t need as much as you think.

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