Somewhere along the way we have developed an obsession with protein powders. In fact, if most people were to make a list of their top survival needs, protein would rank right up there next to oxygen. It’s not that protein isn’t important, because it is, but we have put far too much thought into this single nutrient, and ironically, not enough thought into the format in which we tend to consume it.

With that in mind, let’s focus on protein powders, and 3 common ingredients that have made them toxic to our bodies.

Soy protein isolate

Soy protein has been a core ingredient in many protein powders for a long time, probably coming into favour the same time as soy milk as an alternative to conventional dairy. Regardless of its origin, soy has been found to be toxic to the digestive system and creates the following concerns:

  • Disrupts thyroid and endocrine function

  • Interferes with leptin sensitivity which can cause metabolic syndrome

  • Throws off estrogen and testosterone balance

  • Blocks the body’s ability to access key minerals like iron, zinc, calcium, and magnesium

It is also estimated that soy is over 95% genetically modified, and one of the most pesticide ridden crops on the market.

This makes any non-organic soy protein (especially isolate) found in protein powders, indigestible and toxic to the human physiology.

Whey protein isolate

First of all, whey protein itself can be a quality protein, but the fact remains that there are very few on the market that make the cut.

For example, whey from conventionally raised cows that have been fed non-organic grains and genetically modified foods, and been injected with antibiotics and hormones, are NOT a quality source of protein and this makes up a substantial piece of the market. What is also important to note is that whey in an isolate format is not properly absorbed by the body.

If you choose whey protein, it is vitally important to source whey from raw, grass fed milk, to obtain the majority of its benefits. Grass fed cows and goats are nutritionally superior compared to grain fed, and they contain an impressive amino acid and immune-supportive nutrient profile.

Try Grazing Goat Whey Protein

Rice protein

As with whey protein, the devil is in the details. Although there are protein powders that contain rice protein that are an acceptable source of protein, there are far too many that are not.

Thanks to a report unveiled earlier in 2014 by Mike Adams, we have been able to discover that there are many rice protein powders on the market that have been heavily contaminated with tungsten, cadmium, and lead. It is very conceivable that the reason for this high level of contamination is due to sourcing rice from China, where air pollution can trump the “organic” label placed on many products, including rice.

To get a clean, low heavy metal verified protein, get the Health Ranger’s Organic Hemp Protein Powder.

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Derek Henry

Derek Henry, Founder of Healing the Body and the THRIVE Academy, used nutrition, supplementation, and a holistic lifestyle to naturally unravel 13 chronic disease conditions that conventional or alternative medical professionals couldn't help him resolve. As a result of this one-in-a-million health transformation and the knowledge acquired in the process, he now educates, coaches, and inspires others to transform their health through a natural and holistic approach. Since 2014, he has helped his THRIVE Academy participants heal over 20 different chronic disease conditions, primarily related to digestive and autoimmune concerns.

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