How to stop protein shakes from upsetting one's stomach

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    Nov 23, 2011 7:22 PM GMT
    Hi All,

    I have found that if I drink proteins shakes it makes my stool very loose which makes it more of a mission to douche properly.

    Does anyone have any tips or suggestions to stop this besides actually having to stop using protein shakes.

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    Nov 23, 2011 9:00 PM GMT
    What's a protein shake?
    Chicken is cheaper, more effective, and easier on the bowels.
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    Nov 23, 2011 9:02 PM GMT
    Too much protein would be likely to plug you up, not cause loose stools. What are the ingredients in your shake, and do you have any food allergies?
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    Nov 23, 2011 9:05 PM GMT
    Does the shake have artificial sweetners like Sucralose (Splenda)? Sucralose can cause it. Make your own protien shakes, always better than bought ones.
  • handsoffire

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    Nov 23, 2011 9:05 PM GMT
    Are you taking in a lot of stimulants? Caffine for one, some of the additives in your energy drinks at the gym for another. These ingredients actually cause your intentestines to contract spastically; resulting in lose stool and general upset stomach.
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    Nov 23, 2011 9:23 PM GMT
    Add 1/2 cup of oatmeal to your blend. Seriously, makes all the difference in the world.
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    Nov 23, 2011 10:35 PM GMT
    Tuckers said it first. It's the artificial sweetner. Try either a protein sweetened with stevia, or using honey with an unsweetened one.
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    Nov 23, 2011 11:06 PM GMT
    I second the oatmeal.
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    Nov 24, 2011 12:24 AM GMT
    What kind of protein are you using? Any chance you have some degree of lactose intolerance? Try whey protein isolate. It has almost no lactose.
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    Nov 24, 2011 12:53 AM GMT
    JakeGHK said
    paulflexes saidWhat's a protein shake?
    Chicken is cheaper, more effective, and easier on the bowels.


    Any protein would put some bumps, you guys really need some greens to balance that out.
    If you knew how many greens I eat, you'd wonder if I my shit is green. icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 24, 2011 12:59 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    JakeGHK said
    paulflexes saidWhat's a protein shake?
    Chicken is cheaper, more effective, and easier on the bowels.


    Any protein would put some bumps, you guys really need some greens to balance that out.
    If you knew how many greens I eat, you'd wonder if I my shit is green. icon_lol.gif


    Pics or GTFO.
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    Nov 24, 2011 1:52 AM GMT
    DCEric said
    paulflexes said
    JakeGHK said
    paulflexes saidWhat's a protein shake?
    Chicken is cheaper, more effective, and easier on the bowels.


    Any protein would put some bumps, you guys really need some greens to balance that out.
    If you knew how many greens I eat, you'd wonder if I my shit is green. icon_lol.gif


    Pics or GTFO.
    At least one microwavable bag per day of this:
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    Nov 24, 2011 2:30 AM GMT
    Too many shakes can upset your stomach.. I can only handle two shakes in a day.
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    Nov 24, 2011 3:15 AM GMT
    DudeInNOVA saidWhat kind of protein are you using? Any chance you have some degree of lactose intolerance? Try whey protein isolate. It has almost no lactose.
    I agree. Lactose intolerance is pretty common. A lot of the cheaper brands use so-so quality protein, and some people's stomachs have a hard time digesting it.
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    Nov 24, 2011 3:32 AM GMT
    Chicken, eggs, fish, almonds. You can keep your soy isolate. icon_razz.gif

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    Ewwwww. Green beans and carrots are my anathema.
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    Nov 24, 2011 12:33 PM GMT
    Hi There OP, funny I had that feeling today! I concluded it was TOO MUCH protein. I took a shake that was 40 grams and then ate a bar that was probably about 24 grams and something else too...all within 10 minutes. I usually try to limit it to 20 grams at one point.
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    Nov 24, 2011 2:19 PM GMT
    If the protein shakes are making you feel sick, then there's something in them that your body can't handle. In addition to what others have mentioned, it could also be the type of protein. In my own case, two different brands of vegan protein powder based on rice and pea protein sat in my stomach like a rock, making me feel sick.
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    Nov 24, 2011 7:17 PM GMT
    Once my trainer spilled his muscle milk shake on my workout towel. I threw it in the hamper and didn't look at it for a couple of weeks. When I pulled it out to wash, it looks like it had been doused in latex paint. Very stiff and plasticky. When I washed it, it didn't come out, still looking like paint. I use that towel as a rag now, and after washing it about 10 times, it still is stiff and feels like paint.

    It made me wonder what it would do inside my body! I came to the conclusion that you should use a lot of fiber in a protein shake, to balance out the binding quality of the protein.
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    Nov 24, 2011 7:23 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidWhat's a protein shake?
    Chicken is cheaper, more effective, and easier on the bowels.


    +1
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    Nov 24, 2011 7:24 PM GMT
    JakeGHK said
    paulflexes saidWhat's a protein shake?
    Chicken is cheaper, more effective, and easier on the bowels.


    Any protein would put some bumps, you guys really need some greens to balance that out.


    +1
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    Nov 24, 2011 7:35 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidWhat's a protein shake?
    Chicken is cheaper, more effective, and easier on the bowels.

    Chicken is cheaper? I get 70 servings per container of protein and I pay about 45 dollars for it. That's less than a dollar per serving.
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    Nov 24, 2011 7:45 PM GMT
    JakeBenson saidHi There OP, funny I had that feeling today! I concluded it was TOO MUCH protein. I took a shake that was 40 grams and then ate a bar that was probably about 24 grams and something else too...all within 10 minutes. I usually try to limit it to 20 grams at one point.


    icon_eek.gif I thought it was only possible to digest 20g of protein in one meal.