For many people, it’s hard to resist the temptation of a well-cooked steak or a juicy hamburger. Although meat is full of nutrients, it also contains a number of natural chemical toxins, saturated fats, and elements that make digestion difficult.
Eating too much meat can have serious consequences of increasing the risk of diabetes for heart disease and even cancer.
We researched the signs that your digestive system is not processing meat properly and it is time to reconsider your diet. Let’s see how many of these you have been experiencing.
Poor Digestion of Meat
We all have different digestive systems and are based on our genetics and eating habits. Depending on the cut of the meat, some have a lot of fat. Fats take longer to be digested by the body, so they can cause indigestion the next day.
Constipation may be the result of the high iron content normally found in red meat (beef, pork, or lamb). Also, red meat is low in fiber, which is essential for regular bowel movements.
Tip: Some studies reveal that eating too much red meat can increase your chances of developing bowel cancer. Try to eat red meat only in conservative amounts (100-200 g just twice a week) with lots of vegetables or grains. Try to avoid eating the liver and kidneys. Switch to seafood or chicken and choose cooked meat instead of fried.
7. Constantly Feeling Hungry
If you are hungry all the time, even if you just finished eating, it may mean that you are consuming too much protein.
When you don’t have enough carbohydrates, your blood sugar level drops and you don’t produce mood-regulating serotonin, the chemical that makes you feel hungry.
Tip: If you find you’re always hungry, try making a sandwich with Greek fruit yogurt or hummus with whole-grain crackers, rather than a sandwich for lunch. Try cutting the meat for several days and see if it feels better and fresher.
6. Dark Circles Under The Eyes
Don’t be fooled into assuming dark circles occur due to lack of sleep or tiredness. It turns out that not digesting meat properly can disrupt your beauty routine.
If you consume them a lot (especially the day after eating meat), it is a sign that the meat has not been digested.
The compromised intestinal lining allows meat particles to pass through the gut wall and enter the bloodstream without being digested, and are considered “foreign” invaders.
The body will try to produce certain antibodies to remove the foreign substance, and the reaction to this may be dark circles under the eyes, a symptom that is generally ignored by health professionals.
5. High Blood Pressure
If you have high blood pressure, this may be a sign that it is time to cut down on meat. Processed and cooked meats contain a high level of sodium because they are generally cured, seasoned, and preserved with salt.
Also, chicken skin and red meat are rich in saturated fat. All of this can lead to worsening hypertension and even the development of coronary heart disease.
Tip: Try reducing the amount of meat you eat by switching to vegetables. If you can’t resist, try switching to leaner meats and seafood, as they generally have less fat.
4. Bad Breath And Body Odor
Experiencing bad breath and body odor is a sign that your body is not digesting meat properly. If the meat is not digested well, a stinky smell returns to your digestive system and eventually enters your skin and breath.
If you continue to experience these unpleasant problems, try taking digestive enzymes to help break down the meat so it doesn’t accumulate in your gut.
3. Weakened Immune System
When your body doesn’t digest meat properly, it can make you sick more often than normal. Your immune system can be affected by natural sugar (called Neu5Gc) found in red meat, and it is very difficult for our body to digest.
This sugar is normally produced by carnivorous animals and allows them to maintain their meat diets. Our bodies don’t produce it, that’s why we treat it as a foreign substance, triggering a toxic immune reaction.
This reaction can cause many other problems, with cancer being the most serious.
Tip: Try to have more nutritious foods, such as quinoa, nuts, vegetables, and green fruits. They provide essential antioxidants, fibers, and proteins and ensure that all your macro and micronutrient needs are met.
So if you need to eat meat, be sure to balance it with the healthy foods listed above as a side or salad. Be sure to include some exercise and enough vitamin D to support your immune system.
If, after eating meat, you start to feel very slow or tired, don’t ignore it as normal behavior. This means that your body is not digesting meat and is simply trapped in the intestines. When trapped, it diverts all of its energy to the digestive system.
Also, if you feel like you have something like a brick in your stomach for days after eating meat, it’s time to completely switch to something green and fresh — fruit, fresh smoothies, and raw vegetables.
Nausea is a common symptom of poor meat digestion, as it can be a reaction to certain bacteria in the meat. Some pregnant women find that eating meat makes them feel extremely sick.
It may also simply be that something (perhaps an overloaded organ) in your body is rejecting meat.
Tip: If switching to salad doesn’t help and you feel nauseous or cramp 4 to 26 hours after eating meat, see a doctor right away.
Do you eat meat daily? Is it difficult for you to reduce? Share your answers in the comments below.