Want to look like the next Johnny Bravo? Craves to flex toned arms to attract and woo those ladies? Does young Arnold Schwarzenegger visit you in dreams? And you would do anything to get that hashtag ripped bod?
Even take tons of supplements and proteins to enhance and contour those ripped abs and sleek muscles?
As much as these body supplements may sound tempting and healthy for you well being, consuming scoops of that chocolate or vanilla protein powder can harbor health risks and can damage your body in the long run. (Offended protein takers shouts in the background)
We get that the protein powder has lots of defenders and they may coax you otherwise. But after reading this article you may like to change your perspective on the issue.
1. Irreversible damage to your kidneys
Logic is pretty simple. Proteins damage your kidney as your kidneys work overtime to process the excess nitrogen released during protein metabolism which can put too much strain on them leading to the risk of developing renal disorders, Impairment of kidneys, kidney stones. (Ouch! This gotta hurt)
2. May cause dehydration
There are lots of permutations and combinations when it comes to consuming protein powder. One of the prerequisite to intaking this extra dose is that you need to increase the water consumption for your body as proteins tend to make body dehydrated. But this might not be possible on a daily basis when we can’t even take the average amount needed by our body which might strain and damage your body.
3. It causes acne
Whey protein is known to increase the production of a hormone called IGF-1, which can trigger sebum production and lead to acne on your face and body. Now you can use all the protein, detoxing and enhancers to get those ripped muscles but that would be a fail for your arms if they replicate a scene of acne filled crime scene.
4. Heavy hair fall
Our hair is made of keratin(which is also a protein). So, it only makes sense to gorge on more protein, right? Well, that might not be the case as whey protein is also known to boost testosterone levels, which produce a chemical called DHT in the bloodstream. This chemical is your enemy if you want to have a lush busy of hair atop as this chemical can cause heavy hair fall. (no wonder most bodybuilders are bald)
5. Unhealthy weight gain.
What? That’s paradoxical. But it’s true. By weight, we mean fat. When your workout regimen does not match up to your protein intake, the unutilized calories get converted into fat. This fat gets piled up day by day on your body causing you to gain weight rapidly. So one can not just rely on protein intake and dream of being next Dwayne Johnson.
6. Liver damage
A diet of protein supplements, with no carbs, can force the body to the state of ketosis, wherein the body starts consuming fat as the primary source of energy which leads to high blood acidity levels. Consistent high blood acidity is known to impair liver function and may result in severe liver disorders like inflammation. Poor liver can’t even take alcohol and now damage from protein too.
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