Whey protein can cause some minor GI (gastrointestinal) tract discomforts. We have discussed earlier how to take whey protein and YES whey protein is just another good training TOOL. That means in no way must you think that having the most expensive brand will instantly gain you muscle.
You can’t buy muscle growth!!!!
However whey is another great and convenient way for bodybuilders and athletes to sneak in some extra protein and meet their caloric requirements.
Remember your muscles are like some Mafia organization. If it sees that a steady stream of money (protein and nutrients) coming into the organization – it will recruit muscles (the mafia term for soldiers and Capos: the ones who do the “dirty” job) with less restriction because it has budget. So your goal there is to stimulate muscle protein synthesis by signaling your body that:
“hey you got the resources what the hell are you waitin’ for!??”
So granted Whey protein is very helpful specially for the skinny types like myself but truth be told, there are some discomforts that may be associated with whey protein consumption and in this post I will highlight some of the most common ones and will share with you guys some ways to go around them.
The GI discomforts that can be brought about by whey cam be caused by one or more of these following things:
1) The Lactose – even “high quality” whey proteins out there that predominantly contain Whey protein isolates still contain even a little amount of Whey protein concentrates (the more unrefined version) and concentrates contain some small amount of lactose therefore taking large amounts may cause some gas for the lactose intolerant.
2) Dehydration – Protein sucks in water. When something is in your gut and your gut is dehydrated, won’t that feel funny?
3) Fiber – More whey, more protein usually means less fiber and this time around: also less water, since whey tends to dehydrate your GI tract. That would leave you with a malfunctioning gut and irregular bowels.
4) Allergy – you might be allergic to whey itself or to some ingredients used in your brand.
I am not so used to whey – I’ve had a lot of gains with eggs. But I recently invested in some Gold Standard Whey bottle- Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard, Cookies and Cream 2.07 lb (943 g), cookies and cream (I love that flavor) and it tasted so good that I think I “over took” it somehow – like a kid excited with his new toy.
The next day I got some gas and some minor bloated feeling in my gut that lasted hours after taking it. And I was farting like hell!
However compared to other people, especially those who were having allergic reactions; mine was a little bit mild. Some guys would have some mucous in their throat and their gut would really bloat up too much that you would notice it.
Doing these few things has eased my symptoms:
FIRST: If you figured you are allergic, it is probably best to switch brands since sometimes you might be only allergic to a certain ingredient. It is also wise undergo some lab tests.
- I drank a lot I mean A LOT of water! I made it a point to take at least 3 glasses of water for every serving of whey I took immediately after I gulped it or at least as soon as I can. This helped flush out the stomach and the GI tract. Luke warm water also works magic.
- Yakult – Yakult usually helps with food intolerance since it helps supply the GI of “good bacteria” that help digest and break down some nutrients that your body is normally unable to. In my case I have always been lactose intolerant so I guess Yakult helped me digest the small amounts of lactose from whey.
- Fiber and tea – I immediately took down some aloe vera juice and got back to drinking tea. Aloe vera is very rich in fiber and phytochemicals and tea is a great GI normalizer. I always drink tea when my stomach gets bad and it always works. It’s the anti-inflammatory effect of tea. Also: You can’t go wrong with tomato or carrot juice.
I know that you have something else in mind, share them below as comments: What discomforts do you tend to experience when drinking whey and how do you deal with them? Eat your eggs, people!