Hey guys, it might surprise you to learn that this is not actually about protein! The key here is actually vitamin B5. All the B vitamins, really, but in this case (and in the case of cystic /body acne) B5 is the answer. Liver, Kidneys (gross) all contain B5, but so do mushrooms and whole grains (yay!) however, if you are still not getting enough, you need to supplement. And I mean supplement. There is no upper (toxic) limit for B5, and nutritionists are at odds on an RDI, ranging between 5 and 10 mg. HOWEVER, B5's role is to protect the adrenal glands from the stress hormone cortisol, so more stress (inc exercise) = more demand for B5 - this is why high doses have the added bonus effect of trimming athletes tummy fat, which is another sign of high cortisol. Chinese medicine suggests at least 500 mg a day for the treatment of adrenal insufficiency, which manifests as fatigue, soreness, slow recovery, skin problems... B5 allows your body to USE the protein, fat and carbs you eat, so if you think your getting enough, but just not getting the benefits, B5 might help! PS B5 is made in the body by good bacteria so combining with probiotics is helpful too. If you find any bloating from B5, just scale back the dose til it goes
Just another note, ladies. Veganism means much less packaged processed foods, and as a result we can also be low in essential salts. 1/2 teaspoon of good quality sea salt (the one with 84 minerals) in one of your litres of water can also calm muscle fatigue, support kidney function and stop that "is it thirst or is it hunger" battle that can rage on at that time of the month!