Creatine Bloat

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    Aug 10, 2010 3:31 PM GMT
    I'm trying to figure out how to balance out creatine water bloat. Has anyone paired a natural diuretic like Hawthorn to keep the excess water flushed out? I love the energy from creatine and it's the main reason I take it. Muscle has never been a problem for me to gain.
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    Aug 10, 2010 9:13 PM GMT
    I heard that to get rid of the bloat, just drink more water!
    Youll pee alot, but thats actually getting rid of the excess that your body didnt absorb.
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    Aug 10, 2010 9:20 PM GMT
    using diuretics with Creatine is somewhat counter-productive; I am not sure of the exact science behind and why your muscles retain the water (i know its some kind of synthesis), but the water retention is a good thing.

    in order to alleviate the bloating feeling, however, as Mr. Assassin mentioned, just drink more water... it will flush everything out. When my trainer is on his creatine cycle, he drinks a MINIMUM of 3 gallons of water a day.
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    Aug 11, 2010 2:54 AM GMT
    3 gallons of water/day = Hyponatremia

    don't do that.
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    Aug 11, 2010 2:57 AM GMT
    Yeah I will stick to my gallon a day of H20 lol. How do you deal with other bloating?
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    Aug 11, 2010 3:03 AM GMT
    Wikipedia:

    Creatine has become increasingly commonly used by body builders to improve their ability to build muscle tissue. By allowing body builders to perform more work as a result of additional energy, increased protein synthesis is stimulated.[citation needed] Also, when an abundance of creatine phosphate is stored in the muscle, the muscle will hold more water in its cells. The more water is held in a muscle cell, the more it will promote the synthesis of protein as well as deter protein breakdown.[16]

    Pharmacokinetics

    Endogenous serum or plasma creatine concentrations in healthy adults are normally in a range of 2–12 mg/L. A single 5 g (5000 mg) oral dose in healthy adults results in a peak plasma creatine level of approximately 120 mg/L at 1–2 hours post-ingestion. Creatine has a fairly short elimination half-life, averaging just less than 3 hours, so to maintain an elevated plasma level it would be necessary to take small oral doses every 3–6 hours throughout the day.[17][18][19]"

    does this mean that the water-holding potential should go down after 3-6 hours?

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    Aug 11, 2010 3:17 AM GMT
    The RJ articles on Creatine and other supplements are from 1969??? ... WTF? ... icon_eek.gif
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    Aug 11, 2010 3:21 AM GMT
    If you don't want the creatine bloat, then skip the loading phase. Just take it before your workouts.

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    Aug 11, 2010 12:39 PM GMT
    GBRelentless saidusing diuretics with Creatine is somewhat counter-productive; I am not sure of the exact science behind and why your muscles retain the water (i know its some kind of synthesis), but the water retention is a good thing.

    in order to alleviate the bloating feeling, however, as Mr. Assassin mentioned, just drink more water... it will flush everything out. When my trainer is on his creatine cycle, he drinks a MINIMUM of 3 gallons of water a day.


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    Aug 11, 2010 12:42 PM GMT
    xrichx saidIf you don't want the creatine bloat, then skip the loading phase. Just take it before your workouts.

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    This is good advice. I do need to drink more water during the day but toilet access isn't always there. Maybe I can drink the water then pee in the bottle! LOL.

    Seriously, I skipped the loading phase and just have one serving of creatine and my protein drink before my workout. Maybe I should skip the after workout creatine as I think my body may be saturated. But I'm a big, big boy so I don't know if I'm taking enough or not.
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    Aug 11, 2010 12:56 PM GMT
    Experiment with lower quantities of creatine, and drink more water.
    The "recommended" dose is just a guideline.
    Everyone's body responds differently.