Protein; the large biological molecules (consisting of one or more chains of amino acids) that build, maintains, and replaces tissue in your body is a vital component to life itself. Protein is contained in every part of our body (next to water, protein is the most plentiful substance in your body); tissue, cells, blood, bones, skin, muscle, eyes, organs, immune system, nails and hair are mostly composed of it. There is no life without protein. Protein also plays an instrumental part of what we eat and drink; due to the human body needing protein you need to consume the best sources of protein, which are some of the well-known legumes such as lentils, black beans or other types of beans, alfalfa, soybeans, clover, mesquite, carob, lupins, peas and peanuts. Other methods of obtaining the needed protein is by consuming fish, eggs, dairy produce, beef, poultry, seeds and nuts.
How serious is protein to your health and existence? It only helps carry oxygen to every part of your body, that’s all! By consuming protein you’re giving your body the amazing job of using protein to produce hemoglobin, which is the reason for red blood cells being red and we should all know that red blood cells’ job is to carry oxygen to every part of the body. You didn’t know or realize that? Huh, maybe you should return to elementary school then. If the job of supplying the body with oxygen isn’t important, then I have no clue what is!
The human body uses the protein you eat to generate specialized protein molecules that have specific vital jobs. Some proteins are used by our bodies to build cardiac muscle. What is that, you ask. Huh, well that’s only your heart my dear friend! In fact, while protein is assisting the heart to pump, it’s also playing a vital job in areas of your life that many people take for granted. Whether you’re walking, running, or just hanging out, protein is doing one crucial job. Here’s a hint. Without protein we would all have to use our arms to walk or move around instead of using our legs. Protein is essential in moving your legs, lungs, while protecting you from disease.
If you’re gaining your protein from animal sources like meat and milk, then your body is receiving what is called ‘complete’ protein because these sources contain all nine essential amino acids. If you’re receiving your protein from vegetable sources, then your body is obtaining what is called ‘incomplete’ protein due to these sources lacking one or more of the essential amino acids; this can be a concern for someone who doesn’t eat meat or milk produce but vegetarians can still receive all of their essential amino acids by eating or drinking a wide medley of protein-rich vegetable sustenance.
If you’re a concerned vegetarian, don’t worry because you still can receive all of the amino acids you need from peanuts alone (if you aren’t allergic). Another option to you can be peanut butter on whole-grain bread. Red beans are another good source for you vegetarians, although they don’t offer you everything you need, red beans will satisfy on a basic level. Rice (any kind) with red beans will satisfy the body, in that regard, just fine. The good news is that you don’t have to eat all of the essential amino acids in every meal, as long as you have a variety of protein sources throughout your day, and this way your body will acquire what it needs from each meal.
A concern is how much is enough or too much? The easiest answer for that question is to find out by knowing how much you weigh; how much protein is appropriate for your body is or should be determined by how much you weigh. Another area or aspect of the body is hair, which raises another concern about how much protein is enough or too much, and this may surprise many people but too much protein on the hair can and will damage it.
Protein in hair treatments can and will lead to dry, stiff and brittle hair when overusing it, but hair DOES NEED protein. Hair especially needs protein when it’s damaged, but there are alternative remedies for dry hair that may be a better option than protein. (Protein treatments will repair damaged hair by filling in the hair shaft and giving it added strength).
If you are one of those persons who are complaining about breakage or hair falling out because of the usage of a protein treatment, the problem could be that you are using the product incorrectly. Now, in our modern society many of you are in such a rush that listening and reading skills are seriously lacking, obtaining the essential message is difficult for you, while missing the key points are the norm for you, but IF YOUR HAIR IS DRY, BRITTLE, AND/OR FALLING OUT AFTER A PROTEIN TREATMENT THEN YOU HAVE USED IT INCORRECTLY IN SOME WAY OR FASHION.
Many women have reported having dry, brittle, and/or rigid hair after using a protein treatment, and all of you ladies have used it wrong (excuse my pardon for being so direct but you need that). Much of the time many women misuse a protein treatment; they think that they have to use a product when they really don’t, or the product isn’t suited for their hair type, or they leave on a protein treatment too long (ignoring that back of the product explicitly states don’t leave on hair passed a certain time). Again, not reading or not properly reading the directions on back of the product, or overlooking bold directions that plain as day tell you to NOT leave treatment on passed a SPECIFIC TIME can ruin your hair, and you have no one to blame but yourself so take the responsibility. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE PEOPLE RUNNING THE COMPANIES SELLING HIGH IN PROTEIN PRODUCTS DON’T INFORM THE PUBLIC (ON BACK OF THE PRODUCT) THAT PROTEIN CAN MAKE YOUR HAIR FALL OUT IF YOU LEAVE IT ON HAIR TOO LONG, WHILE IT ONLY STATES DON’T LEAVE ON HAIR PASSED A SPECIFIC AMOUNT OF TIME WITHOUT PROVIDING THE TRUE REASON AS TO WHY. Yes, that’s a problem! It’s a huge problem that the system is so flawed that we have products on the market that can and will damage the hair so badly, without providing all of the information. Do I hear another product policy coming on!?
The fact is, that too much of anything or too much of any good product can have negative side effects. So, use all of these products wisely. Deep conditioning treatments in conjunction with cholesterol are great for very dry and coarse hair types, but will make mildly dry hair types feel oily and flat, and make fine hair look flat out greasy. Follow the same process with any protein treatment, and you’ll see better results. Such treatments are meant to bolster the hair that has sustained damage, and typically shouldn’t be used more than once a week in more severe cases of damage.
Some great advice is to ask a professional reputable hair stylist or hair care professional if you should receive a protein treatment before you try self-diagnosing and medicating your own hair. You never know, you may just have easily fixable hair issues that are better handled by using a moisture rich treatment instead of going the protein route.