Everyone, not just diabetics, needs to be concerned with the poor-Health ramifications of eating too much protein. Yes, you heard me correctly! Atkins Diet participants need to listen, especially. And being kinder to your body will be kinder to your pocket, too. Yet, what foods do you use to replace “excess” protein with; what foods will bring you Health? And, why is excessive protein a problem?
Firstly, what is protein? It’s a group of organic macromolecules which are always made of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen and sometimes sulfur. There are thousands of different proteins, each made by a mix-and-match of protein’s building-blocks, known as amino acids. The amino acids make long chains of molecules, as seen in the photo above. Protein is necessary for all living things.
Dr. Thomas Rau, MD, world-renowned Swiss Biological-Medicine physician, whose famous Paracelsus Clinic has treated more than 30,000 people successfully, recommends only actually eating 40 – 50 grams of protein a day, instead of the usually stated 50-60 grams. Most Americans have been ‘scared’ into the ‘make sure you get enough protein everyday’ myth, and as a result are self overdosing on excessive protein to the tune of 100 – 140 grams per day! And, those “doing” the Atkins Diet skyrocket above even that, with disastrous consequences.
The faulty science of the “need” for “large protein amounts daily” resulted from rat experiments in the 1950’s. Since 1988, scientists have known more about human needs and that excessive amounts of protein are very harmful to human tissues and to kidney health. Recent research also shows that our liver recycles old, damaged cells’ proteins into new, desired cellular proteins, and that is why Dr. Rau is urging us to actually eat “less” protein daily.
But, also be aware, adequate amounts of protein, daily, is vital — “for proteins drive every hormonal and metabolic function in your body”, says Dr. Rau. And your body must have the Essential 8 Amino Acids to build body-protein in this recycling process.
You must also attend to your daily need to eat Essential Fatty Acids, daily, for other important metabolic processes.
These 2 categories are called “Essential” for your body CANNOT manufacture these substances and needs them, daily, to keep you alive. Period.
Back to proteins — meats, poultry, fish, cheeses, dairy, eggs and beans are very dense protein sources and must be managed very carefully, in Dr. Rau’s opinion, otherwise hyper-protein intake results in hyperacidic tissues with grave ramifications. You wouldn’t want the most expensive part of your diet to be actually undermining your Health, would you? Learn more about what you need, now.
Examples — the animal protein is NOT a good source of the Essential 8:
6 oz. skinless chicken breast = 45 grams
6 oz. lean hamburger = 42 grams
6 oz. broiled beef steak = 34 grams
6 oz. salmon filet = 34 grams protein
1 Cup, almonds, whole, raw = 30.4 grams
3 oz. canned tuna = 24 grams (not more than once a week, if at all, due to mercury pollution)
1 Cup cooked immature, green soy beans (called Edamame) = 22 grams
1 Cup cooked lentils or beans = 18 grams
3.5 oz. soy tempeh = 18 grams
1 4 1/2″ coconut, raw meat from whole, young nut = 14 grams
1 oz. roasted soy “nuts” = 11 grams
1 Cup quinoa, cooked = 9 grams
1 oz. pumpkin seeds, roasted = 9.3 grams
1 Cup cow milk = 8 grams
1 Cup soy milk = 6 grams
1 chicken egg (soft-cooked) = 6 grams
1 Cup broccoli = 6 grams
1 oz. cheese = 4 – 7 grams
1 Tablespoon peanut butter = 4 grams
1 Tablespoon cooked soybeans = 1.8 grams (increase portion, as needed)
1 Tablespoon cooked split peas = 1 gram (increase portion, as needed)
3 European chestnuts, roasted = 1 gram (increase portion, as needed)
1 Cup long-grain brown rice, cooked = 5 grams
1 Cup avocado, cubed = 4.6 grams
1 oz. dry agar flakes (seaweed) = approx. 2 grams (lots of good minerals, too!)
1 2″ diameter potato = 3.5 grams
1 2″ x 5″ sweet potato = 2.3 grams
1 Cup chopped, raw kale 2.2 grams
1 ear or 1/2 Cup corn = 2.6 grams
1/2 small grapefuit = .6 grams
Please notice that all vegetables contain protein, and even though they have less protein per portion, it is usually higher-quality, Essential 8 protein.
The largest, strongest animals on earth always have been herbivores (vegetarians) … brachiosaurus, stegosaurus, whales, elephants, mountain gorillas, oxen and more! All natural, unprocessed, whole foods contain some protein. But, it is the Quality of the protein that counts, NOT the Quantity.
The section of ribosome shown in the photo above highlights the fact that our bodies also have a protein manufacturing ability in each cell. Our bodies make necessary proteins from their building-blocks called Amino Acids; there are 20 amino acids used by humans, and programmed into our DNA. But, there are 8 Essential Amino Acids that we cannot manufacture internally as Humans, and must get daily from food.
Our foods must highlight those 8 Essential Amino Acids before anything else, along with the Essential Fatty Acids. That’s why I emphasize Quality, from the correct-supplying foods — as does Dr. Rau.
Animal foods do NOT supply copious amounts of the Essential 8 Amino Acids! Only those foods which do supply the Essential 8, should be considered “quality foods”. You need 15 – 20 grams daily, of the Essential 8 Amino Acids, says Dr. Rau, MD.
Dr. Rau’s top-list of Essential 8 suppliers: avocados, beans, chestnuts, corn, quinoa and soy are the major vegetarian foods which are necessary to supply the Essential 8.
Note: some people have sensitivies or allergies to corn and soy; you need to follow Dr. Rau’s instructions to see if you are one of these people or get a skin test from an allergy physician to make sure. Tree nuts can be used when you make sure that you do not have a food-sensitivity or food allergy to them. Please note, peanuts are legumes; they are not nuts, and don’t count as nuts here.
By eating a variety of vegetable foods over days, weeks and months, you will give yourself the best chance to get your Essential 8. It is a debunked theory that everyday and every meal that proteins must be made “complete”. Our liver is a first-class apothecary and serves us by filling in the protein-gaps, using the Essential 8, as long as we are eating them daily, and a wide variety of vegetable foods will do that.
That’s another reason why liver-health is SO important, and as it is also your major detox organ, liver care should be something you attend to! It may take weeks, months or even years of you supplying the Essential 8 daily for your liver to completely utilize the huge deposited back-load inventory of non-essential amino acids you have ferreted away, which is causing hyperacidity in your body.
When we over-eat superfluous, non-essential 8 protein foods, then our liver has to try to get rid of the protein it does not need. In this process, AMMONIA, a body-toxic chemical is made, and getting rid of that, as uric acid, is very harsh on our bodies, especially our kidneys, which are organs diabetics, especially, must take care of wisely.
For every 50 grams of excessive, non-Essential protein you eat, your body has to use 3 CUPS of water to DILUTE the resulting URIC ACID, which must then be excreted. This excessive water loss leads to dehydration, for everyone, not just diabetics, but diabetics are especially vulnerable, and ‘always being thirsty’ is a hallmark of diabetes — now, you understand some of why the dehydration is happening!
Excessive uric acid leads to other metabolic problems, for example the painful condition known as GOUT. As the toxic ammonia in the uric acid backs-up into your blood and then into joints and tissues, if and when your kidneys cannot excrete it fast enough, this ammonia leads to major tissue hyperacidity and toxicity so great, that left unabated, it will soon kill you. Recently, hospitals are seeing this exact scenario in people following Atkins style high-protein, low-carb diets for extended periods of time.
Major tissue hyperacidity also causes most of the dreaded dis-eases, states Dr. Rau, MD who is in alignment with many other knowledgeable holistic physicians, including Dr. Robert O. Young, PhD, DSc, ND, with whom I have studied. Dr. Rau says, “With Americans eating three and four times the amount of protein they need, we shouldn’t be surprised when we see that rates of obesity and diabetes are skyrocketing — even in children.”and he continues, “When your internal environment is acidic … thickening happens in your blood, your lymphatic fluids, and the fluids that flow in the tiny spaces between your cells called the interstitial fluids. These tiny spaces are very important because it is there that the cells, such as neurons and components of the immune system, communicate with each other. … cell respiration, nerve impulses, immune responses, the production of important regulatory enzymes and hormones … and cellular nutrition decreases”.
The results are:
___ blood clots (due to acidty changing the electrical charges on the outside of the red blood cells, forcing them to clump AND clumped cells have reduced surface-area to carry adequate amounts of oxygen, so metabolism slows, energy-levels reduce and weight-gain increases from poor metabolic rate)
___ coronary artery disease (made when the robbed alkaline minerals from your bones and joints chemically react with cholesterol – which is naturally meant to be circulating in the blood – and instead combines with the needed alkaline, buffering minerals – forming hard deposits in the arteries, instead, (thereby not allowing the alkaline minerals to continue buffering the hyper-acidity, too. A double-whammy!)
___ Hodgkin’s disease (a cancer of the lymph system, because the lymph fluids become too thick to remove the cellular waste, as they are supposed to do) and other cancers (as cancer cells can only survive in acidic tissues; alkaline tissues cannot support cancer cells. Your tissues are supposed to be alkaline, daily.)
___ major metabolic, enzymatic and hormonal imbalances (this is where blood-sugar chemistry problems start, depression, brain-chemical imbalances, sex drive aberrations etc occur)
___ lack of energy (as the cells become starved for oxygen and also for nutrition, no matter how healthy you eat. And, the cells are overcome with cellular waste which is barely being removed, so they cannot function normally) and more disruptions, too.
NOTE: Tissue hyperacidity also arises from too much SIMPLE and REFINED CARBOHYDRATE and SUGAR in your diet. Even excessive fructose, from fruit, can be damaging. And, by the way, did you know that white sugar is processed with arsenic!
Back to some Basic Biochemistry:
Protein metabolism always leads to acidity; excessive protein intake makes that even worse. The extra acid in your system from excessive, non-Essential 8 protein sources causes you to ROT Yes. Acid is corrosive inside your body and it eats your tissues, just like acid corrodes anything in the external world. You are buying all of that expensive animal food just to sabotage yourself because it easily can make you hyper-acid.
And, extra, non-Essential 8 protein fouls up the disposal of daily protein-waste inside you, too. It’s like your whole body becomes inundated and cannot deal with your protein-waste, rapidly overwhelming your liver’s capacity to recycle it into something useful. It fills your recycle bin! And, it therefore hampers your liver’s normal process of recycling proteins from dead or damaged tissues, as it needs to do, to prevent an overwhelming job for your kidneys.
The Obesity Connection:
Dr. Young and others, including Carole Simontacci, CCN, in her book “Your Fat Is Not YourFault”, explain that fat is protecting your Life, by housing the toxic acids and walling them off, as best your body can.
Meanwhile, your arteries narrow, when “coating” themselves to “protect” themselves from periodically acidic blood as it transports these toxic, acid-wastes to storage depots in your fat tissue, interstitial spaces (the area between your cells) and in your lymph system (clogging it, which is why immunity gets compromised, too). And during that process, as Dr. Rau explains, your bones and joints are “robbed” of valuable alkaline minerals, calcium and magnesium, to buffer the acidic blood, in order to save your life, so you pay later with osteoporosis or arthritis and more.
The Swiss call the afflictions created by the necessity for this hyperacid-depot storage “deposit diseases” and the more your system is clogged, the less chance that healthy cells can get rid of their waste and still function optimally. Hypertension, coronary artery disease, obesity, arthritis and diabetes, memory disorders, depression, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, cancer, impaired glandular function, insomnia, intestinal mucosal disruption and other dis-eases have this mutual hyper-acidity cause.
Your pancreas, which makes natural alkaline buffers like bicarbonate of soda, just gets worn-out trying to stem the flow of the acid deluge you create, even unknowingly, until now, anyway.
Above all, the blood must be kept at a steady alkaline pH of 7.3 or you will die, so your body is saving your life by over-working your pancreas to make more alkaline buffers and by robbing your bones and joints of their valuable alkaline minerals, if you are not providing enough of these minerals daily, in food or in chelated supplements.
For Health, you must have adequate alkaline minerals, proper amounts of the Essential 8 amino acids daily, the Omega-3, 6 and 9 Essential Fatty Acids, daily, and flush out your acidic waste while decreasing it’s production, daily!
First line of defense:
___ Moderate exercise – like walking 20 – 30 minutes day at moderate pace. Exercise moves your lymph and aids getting the toxins out.
___ Drink at least 1 liter of water per 50 pounds of body weight, and must work-up to that level over many weeks, even months. Consult your physician about your personal goals, if you are diabetic, as your kidneys may not be in shape to handle the extra burden, yet or at all.
Not drinking enough water also strains the kidneys, places you at higher risk for urinary tract infections and creates more likelihood of making painful kidney stones which require immediate attention. It’s easier and healthier to get enough water — only water counts, and spring waters are best!
In comparison, digesting 50 mg of fat or 50 mg of carbohydrate only uses 1/2 cup of water. But, this is NOT an excuse to say that you should replace the excess, non-Essential 8 protein foods with the “usual” carbohydrate foods!
___ Dr. Rau only replaces the excess, dense protein with complex carbohydrate foods — mostly vegetables, and a few starches — vegetables are the best sources of the Essential 8 amino acids as well as much-needed vitamins and minerals for your metabolism. Eating organic vegetables is also kinder to our Mother Earth, than production of any animal foods, too.
After a period of Detoxification, Dr. Rau allows small amounts of animal source protein, if you desire it — some organic, free-range soft-cooked eggs, some wild-caught fish, some organic beans and selected organic whole-grains, some alternative (non-cow) organic dairy and some organic, free-range, grass-fed, no-hormone beef and lamb (both are just once a month). He only allows 3 – 4oz. cooked portions of flesh food a few days a week.
Dr. Rau explains all the reasons behind his food choices and asks you to forever abstain from eating: cow dairy, shellfish, and pork — as well as to, at least temporarily, abstain from onions and shallots (in the same botanical family, leeks, garlic and chives are OK. Dr. Rau says onions and shallots ‘thicken the lymphatic fluids and prevent you from cleansing your tissues properly’).
Interestingly, this “no cow dairy, shellfish, pork” is also the prescription written thousands of years ago, by the Jewish rabbis, when they established the laws of Kosher food. The dairy was not proscribed (as it was traditionally originally from goats — which Dr. Rau allows, too; the rabbis actualized this prescription by not using cows for dairy, in the first place). The rabbis extended their recommendations, by forbidding the mixing of meat and milk proteins in the same meal.
Knowledgeable doctors and scientists state today that for best digestion and utilization of your food, no more than 2 types of protein should be eaten in any meal. (Those all-you-can-eat buffets and multi-protein combo dishes like “Happy Family” in Chinese restaurants may not be so “happy” choices, after all !)
So, with today’s knowledge, maybe you could mix milk and meat — but it may still not be an efficacious combination — I don’t know. I don’t mix them, and have excellent digestion. The rabbis also put an ethical bent to their statement about ‘not seething a kid in its mother’s milk’ [Leviticus], so I adhere to the symbolism of the Spirit of Mercy as enough reason, to forego eating milk-meat combinations, or meat-eating, for that matter.
___ If you are still worried that somehow you may not get “enough” protein, then also understand that in healthy lungs, there is enough ability to take odorless, colorless nitrogen from the air, directly, and pass it into our blood immediately, through the little transfer station pockets in our lungs called alveoli.Nitrogen makes up about 78% of Earth’s atmosphere, so it is readily available in each breath and plants “breathe” it in, too, to make their growth cycle. But, understand, this nitrogen cannot be turned into the Essential 8 amino acids; you must get those daily, from the foods which are most potent sources. This atmospheric nitrogen can be used to make the other 12 amino acids Humans need, if your lungs are healthy.
This ability to use atmospheric nitrogen was very possible on an unpolluted planet, and that ability is ingenious. It allowed us to be relatively poor hunters and gatherers (grabbing food to fulfill our need for the Essential 8 amino acids, only) and exist on just small amounts of protein food.
Today, we are killing ourselves by abundance used unwisely. And, we are using up resources and acreage that can provide adequate food for every person on the planet, using it instead to produce commercial animal protein that could be produced for less money and resources if it were vegetarian protein acreage, instead. Animal factory-farms are some of the biggest polluters on the planet, and more deforestation is happening to create space for more animal farms due to America’s insatatiable appetite, especially for hamburger.
You need to do your part to speak out and act to stop this needless cycle of despair — factory-farmed animals with poor oversight for animal welfare, a planetary rape and starving humans who regularly watch their children die from malnourishment, while ours are dying, slowly or quickly, from excess.
I have included a potent, healthy recipe below. I hope you will enjoy this combination. It utilizes many of the foods you need to complete Dr. Rau’s Essential 8 / Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) Daily Program. I invented it for lunch today, and my Mother and I both enjoyed it and felt very satisfied — somehow, your body knows and responds when you are treating it well
Em’s Essential 8 Amino Acids Super-Salad
3C organic, brown rice, precooked and chilled
1 small sweet potato, pre-steamed and chilled, cut in 1″ chunks or slices
9 pre-cooked asparagus ends or 2 asparagus spears, steamed and chilled
1 15 oz. can organic soy beans, chilled, then drained and rinsed
1/3 container of zesty sprouts, washed thoroughly
8 oz. medium salsa
2 small Kosher dill cucumbers (I used Bubbies’ – naturally-fermented brand)
sprinkle of lemon juice, garlic, dill, black pepper
2t prepared white horseradish
oil from 1 emptied small jar of marinated artichoke hearts as long as the oil is not cottonseed OR about 3T of Italian dressing (you can include some artichokes, too)
1 – 2 T organic flax oil (keep refrigerated at all times!)
2t sesame seed (can use more)
1/3C – 1/2C organic hemp seed
Mix everything together, lightly. Serve on a bed of Spring Mix salad greens. Garnish with a little cayenne pepper, if desired.
Serve with an alkaline pH water, like Evamor, which is pH 9. Evamor will help hydrate cells better and neutralize tissue hyper-acidity.
___ Brown rice is nearly a pH neutral food and has many B Vitamins to help with stress, as well as being an Essential 8 amino acid source.
___ Sweet potato is a highly alkaline food, which can help neutralize hyper-acidity. It is also filled with important anti-oxidants to protect cells from damage and has beta-carotene to protect your eyes.
___ Asparagus is a very alkaline food and has light diuretic qualities to aid and encourage kidney function.
___ Soy beans are a potent Essential 8 amino acid protein source.
___ Sprouts are a living food and are a potent, much-needed enzyme source.
___ Lemon juice is another gentle, natural diuretic, as well as being very alkaline to neutralize acid and contains Vitamin C. for combatting free-radical cellular damage.
___ Garlic is a natural anti-biotic, to aid your immunity.
___ Horseradish is a herbal blood “purifier”.
___ Black pepper is a source of chromium, needed to enhance insulin uptake, but pepper is also an irritant to the intestines, so use sparingly.
___ Flax oil is a potent Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acid source. I used Barlean’s brand. Flax oil must always be refrigerated and never used for cooking. Omega-3 EFAs are what protects your artery system from damage and feed your brain! Hemp Oil and molecularly-distilled Salmon Oil are also excellent Omega-3 sources.
___ Organic hemp seed is another potent, vegetarian Omega-3 EFA source and protein source. Nutiva is a good online source and you can find their product in good health stores, too.
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Best to all – Em
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