High / Low Protein in Your Blood: What Does It Mean?
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so today we’re going to talk about blood proteinsxa0 the proteins in your blood i’m going to try to make it extremely simple and basic becausexa0 there’s been a lot of questions about what does high protein or low protein mean in my blood andxa0 also high protein in my urine what does that mean okay so there’s two main types of protein in thexa0 blood now there’s additional ones but the two main types of protein are number one albuminxa0 which represents about 50 to 60 percent of all your protein in your blood which i’mxa0 going to explain what that is in a second and then antibodies which is the rest ofxa0 the protein in your blood which but again these two types of protein represent mostxa0 the protein in your blood now your liver makes albumin and the purpose of albuminxa0 is to hold the fluid in your blood so if there’s liver damage you’re not goingxa0 to be able to hold the fluid in the blood so where is it going to go now it’s going to goxa0 out through the urine but it’s also going to go into your tissues around the cells and we callxa0 this edema or swelling in your lower extremities or your legs it can also go into a sac aroundxa0 your abdominal area and that’s called the cities societies comes from the word that describes axa0 sac that’s holding water and this is why when people have liver damage they tend to get thisxa0 pot belly so number one albumin holds the fluid in your blood number two it nourishes your tissuesxa0 and number three it acts as a transport it helps to transport hormones like your thyroid hormonesxa0 electrolytes like calcium potassium and sodium vitamins certain drugs and fatty acids so youxa0 can see that protein is really needed for many different functions now let’s shift gearsxa0 over to the other type of protein which are antibodies antibodies are produced by certainxa0 immune cells the b cells that help you in your immunity so they’re little yxa0 shaped proteins that are like receptors and they connect with something called anxa0 antigen now what is an antigen an antigen is just simply a piece of a pathogen or some foreign thingxa0 in the body that doesn’t need to be in the body so you can look at it like a piece of a virus orxa0 a piece of a bacteria so antibodies connect to antigens and they do four things number one theyxa0 neutralize it because the danger of a pathogen like a virus is when it invades the cell it goesxa0 underneath the radar and your immune system cannot detect it anymore so it’s very very importantxa0 to prevent or neutralize that antigen or virus from entering the cell so your antibodies willxa0 neutralize or get stuck to this virus and kind of leave it out to dry prevent it from doing anythingxa0 number two antibodies also tag these pathogens for phagocytosis so the phagocytes can go in therexa0 and eat them okay so they help identify the good guys from the bad guys and number three antibodiesxa0 are involved in inflammation and helping destroy pathogens through using inflammation and there’sxa0 a lot more to that in other videos that i’ve done and number four and this is very interestingxa0 if the virus has invaded the cell already the antibody will cause the infected cellxa0 to commit suicide so as you can see there’s a lot of different strategies going on and thexa0 vital importance of this protein in your blood so if your protein is high one reason could be anxa0 infection okay there’s an immune reaction and now you know a little bit more of what’s happening inxa0 your body and what it’s trying to do it can also indicate dehydration it can also indicate there’sxa0 some type of cancer in the white blood cells like multiple myeloma now having high or low protein inxa0 the blood doesn’t mean the same thing is happening in the urine okay because if there’s high levelsxa0 of protein in the urine that usually means there is kidney damage now there’s other reasonsxa0 as well i just did a video on that now i’m going to put a link down below it could mean thatxa0 you’re consuming too much protein you did intense exercise you’re taking a certain type ofxa0 supplement called creatine but kidney damage is at the top of the list if the kidney is damaged thenxa0 the filter is damaged and you’re not filtering the blood anymore so you’re going to have high proteinxa0 in the urine and your urine is going to be foamy now there’s something else that’s very interestingxa0 when a person consumes excess amounts of water you can also cause higher levels of proteinxa0 in the urine as well that’s not necessarily pathogenic it’s not a kidney problem it’s justxa0 you’re just drinking too much water and then of course if you’re a diabetic you’re going to havexa0 higher protein in the urine as well because of the massive destruction of what diabetes doesxa0 to the filtering unit in your kidney all right guys so and i hope you nowxa0 have a great understanding of blood proteins before you go if you have a question about axa0 product or you’re new to keto and you want to know how to begin keto or you’re on keto and youxa0 need a debug because it’s not going as smooth i have a keto consultant standingxa0 by to help you this is just for the people in the u.s hopefully in the futurexa0 we’ll be able to answer everyone’s call but i put the number down belowxa0 so you can call and get some help
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What are blood proteins, and why should you care about them? Find out in this quick video!
0:00 What are blood proteins?
0:21 The two primary types of protein
0:50 What is albumin?
2:00 What are antibodies?
3:51 What do high blood proteins mean?
4:22 High protein in your urine
5:31 Need keto consulting?
In this video, we’re going to talk about blood proteins. I’m going to make this very simple so you can get a full understanding of what blood proteins are and why they matter.
There are two primary types of protein in the blood: albumin and antibodies. These represent most of the protein in your blood.
The liver creates albumin. The purpose of this protein is to hold the fluid in your blood. If you have liver damage, you won’t be able to hold fluid in your blood. Instead, the fluid goes out through your urine and into your tissues—also known as edema. Fluid can also build up in the sack in your abdominal area—this is called ascites.
Albumin also helps transport hormones, electrolytes, vitamins, certain drugs, and fatty acids.
The other type of protein is antibodies. Antibodies are produced by immune cells that help you with your immunity. They are Y-shaped proteins that are like receptors. They connect with something called an antigen—this is a piece of a pathogen, like a bacterium, virus, or other foreign substance that doesn’t need to be in the body.
When antibodies connect with antigens, they neutralize a pathogen, tag or identify pathogens, regulate inflammation, and kill off unhealthy cells.
High blood proteins could be a sign of an infection, dehydration, or cancer. High protein in your urine could signal kidney damage, excess protein consumption, too much exercise, drinking too much water, or you’re using creatine.
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