• Depends on body weight. The human body, while able to handle 20-30 grams of protein in one intake, “cannot tolerate that on an hourly basis.” Too much protein fills the blood with too many amino acids. These excess amino acids are converted into carbon dioxide, water, and ammonia. This ammonia is toxic to the body and is a primary cause of premature fatigue. While the body is equipped to handle excess ammonia by converting it to urea then filtering it through the kidneys, too much puts a burden on the kidneys. How much protein should you consume in a day? The average “Active” person requires about "1 gram of protein per pound of body weight per day." Most people never get that much protein in a day. The Atkins Diet is the prime example of people who almost get that much protein in a day. Bodybuilders take in 1 ½ to 3 times that amount. While a non-active elderly person might only need half that amount.

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