Protein deficiency can lead to edema

Protein is not only a building material for our muscles, but also an important component responsible for fluid balance in the body. When we don't have enough protein, it can lead to an unpleasant phenomenon – edema.

Edema occurs due to fluid retention in the tissues, which may occur due to insufficient protein in the body. Protein helps maintain proper fluid balance between cells and blood. When there is not enough protein, fluid is retained in the tissues, causing swelling, especially visible in the legs and abdomen.

To prevent protein deficiency and associated swelling, it is important to pay attention to your diet. Include protein-rich foods in your diet, such as meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, nuts and legumes. You can work with a nutritionist to develop a personalized nutrition plan tailored to your needs.

Having the right balance of protein in your body will not only help prevent swelling, but also maintain healthy muscles, immune system and skin.

Other signs of protein deficiency in the body:

  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Feeling tired, weak and general lethargy.
  • Slow wound healing.
  • Problems with the immune system.
  • Problems with hair and skin.

Where do you get protein from?

  • Meat
  • Fish and seafood.
  • Eggs
  • Dairy products
  • Plant sources of protein: legumes (beans, chickpeas, lentils), soy products (tofu and soy milk), nuts and seeds (almonds, cashews, walnuts, chia seeds).

< b>Symptoms of edema:

  • increase in total body weight;
  • rare urination;
  • increase in abdominal volume ;
  • heaviness in the arms or legs.

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Important! Information is provided for reference purposes. Ask a specialist about contraindications and side effects and under no circumstances self-medicate. At the first signs of illness, consult a doctor.