A Closer Look at Protein
All proteins are not created equal. For instance, animal protein provides more health benefits than plant protein.
To make the imbalance larger:
A lot of plant protein comes from soy. Besides not having the oomph of animal protein, soy is poison. It beats up your thyroid, absorbs needed minerals from your body, causes kidney stones, throws your hormones out of whack with bogus estrogen, and on, and on.
And most soy is genetically-modified. While we won’t know the total results of this medical experiment for years, we already know that GMO foods damage our DNA, the stuff of inheritance, and interfere with the work of our digestive system.
And we already know that GMO foods include insecticides. Insecticides kill animals. Oh, my! That includes us! Yikes! Who though eating insecticides was a good idea?
No soy for you!
But not all animal protein is fabulous, either.
Animals raised on factory farms and sold at grocery store meat counters, give us meat laced with antibiotics and hormones.
The antibiotics sets candida, a fungus that lives in each of us, on a wild rampage, swamping various body parts and leading to food sensitivities, if not disease. Candida on the war path is never good.
And antibiotics also lead to antibiotic resistance and damage to the immune system as they go.
Artificial hormones, given to speed animal growth, whacks our endocrine system. These phony-baloney hormones push us into estrogen dominance-a modern plague that few people seem to know about. But it causes, among other things, breast and prostate cancer.
Also, factory farms feed a grain diet (soy and corn) to their animals, who can’t digest it. Bad enough the animals don’t do well (one reason they need antibiotics), but a grain diet changes their body chemistry.
Beef, for instance, is an outstanding source of omega3 fats-unless it comes from grain-fed cows. A grain diet alters the meat’s natural ratio of omega3 and omega6 fats, giving a big edge to omega6-a 20 to 1 edge, to be exact, instead of 7 to 1 the other way.
This is a very bad thing. While omega3 is a blessing, omega6 causes inflammation, the beginning of most diseases.
So, what’s a body to do?
We need protein. A lot more than most poobahs say we need. And even more as we get older. If your muscles are losing their spunk or racing to flab, it probably means you need more. And not getting enough protein can cause low back pain, too.
I discovered if I’m dragging, it’s because I skipped the protein I need. A meal with little or no protein volunteers me for that run-down feeling.
But we need to get the protein that does a body good. Such as grass-fed, grass-finished beef, pasture-raised chickens, wild-caught fish. Etc.
And then there’s the saturated fat we need. Sigh. So much to know, so little time.
God is good,
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P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.