Feeling "Weird" with "Whey"?

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    Dec 17, 2014 2:50 AM GMT
    I recently began exercising. I take:

    Animal Pak (Once in morning)
    Fish Oil Tab (Once in morning: even though it says 3)
    Whey Protein Elite Series 60g per 2 scoops (Twice a day)

    I don't know why, but every time I drink the whey (with milk) I feel "cold & shaky" and a small stomach. The effect only last about 30 mins. I eat and drink water whenever I feel this way, because I don't know what's going on? Has anyone else felt this way? I think it may be because my body is adjusting? I just started literally 3 days ago.
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    Dec 17, 2014 12:09 PM GMT
    Do you have the same issue with milk alone?

    If not, then I would guess it is a specific additive to the whey you are using. (The company that makes the whey you are using has a reputation of poor quality over the years. See the so-called "amino spiking" or "nitrogen spiking" scandal. This particular manufacturer is implicated.) But, some other quality powders use things like digestive enzymes (as an example) that are supposed to help break the protein down, but those whey powders give me short bouts of nausea, just mixing in water.

    You may try a different manufacturer - one of the "very clean ones" - as few additives as possible, and see what happens. They are more expensive, and taste like hell in water, but since you are using milk, may go down easier.
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    Dec 17, 2014 4:11 PM GMT
    I just want to add on what NoFLFitGuy says. Are you lactose intolerant? Whey is milk protein.

    Or maybe you take too many grams all at once.

    If it has side effects that you could never get used to, stop taking it. Maybe try another brand with different ingredients. Have you tried pea protein?
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    Dec 17, 2014 5:16 PM GMT

    Most whey protein isolate has no lactose (milk sugar), but it is made of casein (milk protein). It's possible you are fine with lactose but allergic to casein.


    I am allergic to milk protein, and my reaction is extreme phlegm and abdominal cramping/diarrhea. Whey protein doesn't work for me
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    Dec 17, 2014 7:36 PM GMT
    Totally agree with the gentlemen above me. It could very well be an allergic reaction. If that is the case, then, you really have two options.

    Either get your necessary protein from whole food sources (that is best anyway, and at WPI80 prices these days, quality whey protein will cost you MORE - gram for gram of protein - than boneless, skinless chicken breast in the United States.)

    Or, option 2, is to use a powder based on other non-cow's milk protein sources - such as egg, goat's milk, or vegetarian (soy, hemp, etc).

    Either way - IMO, over the years most of us have been suckered by the supp companies to think of whey protein as a "meal." All bodybuilders know you have to get your meals in. But, whey is not. a meal It is a SUPPLEMENT to your regular diet, - it supplements your meals - and should always be thought of that way. The large majority of your protein should come from whole food sources.

    As Tom Platz said, "All protein has a mommy, a daddy, and a face." Whey just comes from "mommy."
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    Dec 17, 2014 10:45 PM GMT
    I've already been tested and I'm allergic to all milk derivates EXCEPT whey. Casein and whey as far as I know are two different proteins. I'm allergic to casein but not whey.

    If I have to eat something along whey, I drink whey the last, otherwise I won't have much appetite. I would definitely get tested for milk allergies and intolerance (just for the sake of it) to rule out any complication. Otherwise, whey is a skinny guy's best friend. You don't need a big appetite to consume it. I've grown more than 60lbs since I started almost 7 years ago and most of the protein I've consumed comes from whey. It works.