As you can see, protein is an important nutrient, giving you energy, helping you build muscle, recover and keeping you satiated. However, with busy schedules and on-the-go lifestyles, many of us aren’t getting enough protein every day. Next to water, protein is the most substance we have in our bodies. In fact, if all the water in our bodies was squeezed out, half of our weight would be in protein. So how do you know if you’re protein deficient? Below you’ll find a list of a few symptoms that may indicate you aren’t getting enough protein in your diet.
Hair, Skin and Nail Problems
Is your hair thinning or falling out? Does it look dull and unattractive? If your mane has seen better days, protein deficiency might be to blame. For lustrous locks and shinier hair, you may want to bump up the amount of protein-rich foods you’re having.
Try to add fish, meats, chicken and eggs in your meals. When you don’t have time for cooking your own, opt for a protein bar like BPI Sports’ newest supplement, the BEST PROTEIN BAR™. It has 20 grams of protein per serving and is convenient for on-the-go days. It’s gluten-free and has zero trans. The BEST PROTEIN BAR™ is soft and chewy, and comes in delicious flavors including S’mores, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cookies and Cream and Cinnamon Crunch.
What about your skin? Is it dry? Peeling and flaking? Your skin should be soft and supple, radiant and glowing, not to mention blemish-free. Your nails can also be impacted by lack of protein in your diet. If they’re split, extremely thin, get hangnails or fail to grow quickly, you are not getting enough protein, so boost your intake.