Congestion from milk

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    Dec 27, 2013 5:58 AM GMT
    I am trying to bulk . Currently I use milk with my protein drinks but I am so congested I cant breathe. Im willing to deal with it until i gain my weighf but its very uncomfortable. One nostril completely shuts off regularly. I know this is a question more suited for a health site but i figure this is a muscle building site so why not. Has anybody ever experienced this and when bulking whats a good alt to milk?
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    Dec 27, 2013 6:13 AM GMT
    I don't use protein drinks but do make smoothies. What about Almond Breeze; there's an unsweetened one. There's also soy milk, which should be good for protein. Soy milk doesn't taste very good so keep that in mind in your recipe; you may need to add things to mask its flavor.

    If you can find it, there's also canned coconut milk, from Thailand. High in fat though. I've used it successfully in ice cream as a substitute for cream or milk; I have a friend who is lactose intolerant.
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    Dec 27, 2013 6:26 AM GMT
    woodsmen saidSounds like an allergic reaction.


    Is it to the. whey protein or the milk. When i cut I have lessof an issue because I use almond milk and soy protein. I need to put on this weight but almond milk wont do it. However with one nostril swollen shut from time to time i might have to do so something. I guess if my weighg gainer has 1200 cals per serving then i can cut out the whole milk and go with water or almond milk.
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    Dec 27, 2013 6:53 AM GMT
    woodsmen saidI am lactose intolerant but not to yogurt.

    I've heard that cheese is ok as well if you're lactose intolerant. In both of them the lactose is converted into something else.

    But I've never heard of nasal congestion from lactose intolerance.
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    Dec 27, 2013 2:32 PM GMT
    Yes you can produce more secretions in response to drinking milk. Also to be clear lactose intolerance is NOT an allergy its just an issue with your body not being able to break down lactose( by not having/ lacking enough lactase in your GI tract to do the breaking down). You can also be allergic to Milk( its proteins) and not be allergic to cheeses and Milk products due to the manufacturing processed and most likely the denaturing of the milk proteins.
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    Dec 27, 2013 8:21 PM GMT
    Mike34, is it the whey based protein powder that's the problem or using milk for the base of your protein shake? The latter seems easy to fix using a milk alternative, or perhaps yogurt. If it's the protein powder, can you switch to a different one? Aren't there ones that are based on other proteins? Hopefully you haven't bought one of those giant plastic jars of a whey based powder.
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    Dec 28, 2013 12:58 PM GMT
    It wasnt the whey. I cut out milk yesterday just to find out what would happen and already I can breathe better. I never had this problem before. A few yrs ago I did the GOMAD diet that was recommended by a trainer and i think that pushed my milk tolerance over the edge . I switched back to almond milk and ive even noticed that the bloat is gone this morning. Thanks guys for your help.
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    Dec 28, 2013 7:58 PM GMT
    Thats interesting. I used to get horrible breakouts all over my face, almost looked like rashes. It took me years to realize that they only happened when I was drinking milk regularly. That plus the weird gassy digestive effects I got from it, I steer away from milk now.
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    Dec 28, 2013 8:44 PM GMT
    try whey protein isolate - it's lactose free
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    Dec 28, 2013 8:55 PM GMT
    IRFire66 saidThats interesting. I used to get horrible breakouts all over my face, almost looked like rashes. It took me years to realize that they only happened when I was drinking milk regularly. That plus the weird gassy digestive effects I got from it, I steer away from milk now.

    I get the gas as well. That's lactose intolerance, but not a strong one where you get nauseous. The strange thing is that it went away when I became vegetarian and stopped eating meat.
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    Jan 01, 2014 2:22 PM GMT
    woodsmen saidSounds like an allergic reaction.


    It's not! Allergy reaction is when the body produces histamine, which causes skin to itch, produce rashes and hives, or in some serious cases the airway will constrict, which need emergent attention. That's why Benadryl is so popular because the drug blocks histamine and slows/stops allergies from occurring.

    OP - your course of action would be trial and error. Try different milk products and see what results you get. If you feel that you're still congested, then you need to see an Ear,Nose & Throat doctor.
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    Feb 05, 2014 8:18 AM GMT
    This sounds like casein intolerance to me. I get congestion (and bad skin) if I have some types of dairy...
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    Feb 05, 2014 6:32 PM GMT
    I have the exact same problem. But even after switching to almond milk and coconut milk, the whey in the protein powders eventually builds up in my system and gives me a sinus infection after a couple of weeks. I solved this by switching to a vegan protein powder.