Are There Any Side Effects Of Protein Powder?

Protein is one of the most essential macronutrient that makes up our diet. It is more than necessary to help build muscles, repair and recover exercising muscle fibers, maintain healthy hair and skin, build DNA and RNA and what not! But the main cause of its use by fitness enthusiasts is for the simple reason of fat reduction and weight maintenance.

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So, when you do go for a protein supplement, how do you know which one is not going to give you side effects?

As far as consumption of protein supplements is concerned, most people who have not had a good experience in terms of digestion will presume the idea that protein shakes come with side effects and should be avoided. But on the contrary, if you understand how protein shakes work, they are rather harmless and more beneficial.

The only “side effects” that protein shakes can lead to are something as harmless as:

  • Bloating/ gas
  • Stomach cramps
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea

However, these are only temporary changes you will notice and only on 2 occasions, i.e., either you are intolerant to lactose in whey concentrates or if you take protein powder in excess. Once you swap whey concentrate with isolate or reduce the quantity of whey that you take, you will notice all of the above symptoms fade away.


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Here is a list of things that you might be doing that you need to avoid to lower any symptoms:


  • You take your protein shake immediately after the workout ends- suddenly getting into feast mode after workout disturbs the body’s attention and confuses it since it is already busy pumping blood to the recently exercised muscles. Without allowing your body to get through the transition from “worked up” to “resting” mode will upset the stomach and its content.
  • Consuming a lot of filler ingredients- Most products contain high amount of sugar or sugar substitutes or inulin (fruit carbohydrate) in so much quantities, that it becomes difficult for the body to absorb them. And unabsorbed food means undigested bolus which remains in your intestine creating more gas and bloating.
  • Downing your shake in a hurry- Drinking or eating hurriedly can often result in overconsumption. Suddenly hitting the stomach with the drink as you take huge gulps can result in creating gas and will make you feel uneasy. If the reason you chug down your shake fast is because you are thirsty or very hungry by the time workout is done then make it a point to keep sipping water in between and have a pre workout snack before starting.



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