Protein deficiency

Posted on August 14, 2009. Filed under: Home Remedies | Tags: , , , , , |

Protein is essential in our diet as it carries out an important function of repair and maintenance of body cells and tissue. A deficiency of protein can lead to impaired growth in children and general deterioration in adults. A balanced diet should provide 15 to 20 % of our daily calories from protein.
Ways to Detect Protein Deficiency

A deficiency of protein in the diet leads to

1. Weight loss
2. Anaemia
3. Swollen abdomen
4. Graying of hair
5. Slow healing of wounds
6. Decreased resistance to diseases
7. Muscular pain
8. Overall retarded growth

A deficiency of protein in the diet leads to

1. Black raisins: A sherbet made with black raisins, sugar and fennel seeds (saunf) helps to bring quick results as it cleans the digestive tract and chases body heat away. See the recipe of Fruitful Healer
2. Fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables like cucumber, oranges, watermelon, papaya, chickoo, mint, spinach etc. are rich in fibre and nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E which help to have a glowing skin. Include the Cooling Cucumber Raita, in your meals everyday and you will see the results yourselves.
3. Multani mitti (Fuller’s Earth), rose water and sandalwood paste: A paste made with equal proportions of these three ingredients when applied on the face for 15 to 20 minutes will rejuvenate acne prone oily skin
4. Tomato: Rub the slices of ripe tomato over the skin. Dry it for ½ an hour and wash off with lukewarm water.
5. Tulsi (Indian basil): A mixture of juice of tulsi with lemon or ginger (adrak) will also help to cure the pimples with its scars.
Foods to be Avoided
Tea and coffee
Spicy and oily foods
Confectionery and mithai
Full fat dairy products
Pickles, canned and preserved foods
Refined foods like maida, sugar, pasta and polished rice
Creamy salad dressings
Enhance the Intake of Protein in the Following Ways
1. Have small and frequent meals equally distributed throughout the day as protein deficient individuals are often seen to have lower appetite.
2. Have dals and pulses for both the major meals of the day.
3. Consume 2 to 3 glasses of milk in any form to overcome protein deficiency.
4. Include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet as protein deficiency is usually accompanied by other nutrient deficiencies

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