One day I got a very interesting phone call from a friend who had been drinking a certain brand of whey & soy protein-based meal replacement shakes.
She said that both she and her oldest daughter were getting stomach aches each time they drank them.
Not only that, but she had heard complaints from many others who were reportedly feeling & getting sick with one or more of the following symptoms…
Newly-diagnosed thyroid issues
Gallbladder issues resulting in removal
So, I began doing a little bit of digging and “investigating” myself and found out that not only were those particular shakes making people sick, but also…
Many people were saying that protein shakes, in general, make them feel sick.
And in case you didn’t know; there IS a difference between protein shakes and meal replacement shakes – click here to check out this article (will open in a new tab) on the differences between the two.
So what I’d like to do in this article is to bring out some…
Possible Reasons Protein/Meal Replacement Shakes
Might Be Making You Sick:
Possible Reason #1 – Allergies
It’s a good idea to take a look at the ingredients in your protein shake to find out if any of them are dangerous, or if you have any allergies or sensitivities to any of them such as gluten or certain sweeteners. I know that a lot of products I’ve checked out have a lot of “stuff” in them that isn’t necessarily natural or good for you.
Possible Reason #2 – Lactose Intolerance
If you are lactose intolerant (and MOST people are) and your shake contains dairy in ANY form including whey, whey isolates, etc. then you’ll definitely want to ditch it for something that is dairy/whey-free. In some people, whey can cause major bloating, severe gas pain and some meeean farts!
Possible Reason #3 – Soy
I know, I know… soy has been touted as the “Holy Grail” for health enthusiasts and those who want to lesson or eliminate their meat consumption, right?
Yeah well you may want to do your homework on it because as with anything else, there are definitely pros and cons to soy. In fact, according to an article on the Dr. Mercola website…
“Dr. Kaayla Daniel, author of The Whole Soy Story, points out thousands of studies linking soy to malnutrition, digestive distress, immune-system breakdown, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders and infertility—even cancer and heart disease.” Read more…
And to be clear, the more dangerous forms of soy are the ones that are NON-FERMENTED – things such as soy milk, fake meat products, soy-based baby formulas, soy nuts, (non-fermented) tofu, etc.
Fermented soy, however, is actually beneficial to the body and these include things such as miso, soy sauce, tamari (gluten-free soy sauce), tempeh, and fermented soy milks and tofu.
Possible Reason #4 – Add Ins
I’ll admit that drinking the same two flavors of shakes (chocolate & vanilla) can get quite boring after a while and sometimes you just want to explore other taste sensations to spice things up a bit!
But sometimes people get tempted to add things to what is supposed to be a healthy shake, that make it not-so-healthy and may even counter the ingredients and produce not-so-pleasant after effects.
So if anything, add healthy items such as fruit or greens to your shakes; but refrain from using things such as instant pudding mixes, caramel syrup (unless it’s a healthy, natural version) and other such tasty, yet unhealthful, items.
Possible Reason #5 – Overkill
Anything done in excess can potentially be harmful. The recommended number of protein shakes to drink for weight loss is typically two per day – one if you’re only drinking it for maintenance purposes.
But just like the person who thinks that taking more than the recommended dosage of a medication will make them get better faster, how many people out there think that drinking 3 or more shakes per day will help them lose weight faster?
So if you’re one who has been drinking one too many shakes, STOP it! You could be doing more harm than good by going above and beyond the recommended two.
Possible Reason #6 – Not Drinking Enough Water
You must, must, MUST drink plenty of water when you’re using meal replacement shakes and protein shakes and just in general!
In fact, the shakes I personally drink (which happen to be dairy/whey/soy-free) recommends that consumers drink 2 full glasses of water immediately after each shake!
So, those are some possible causes and reasons behind your protein shakes making you feel sick.
Now to be fair…
The best way to REALLY know for sure whether or not your shakes are the culprit behind what’s making you sick, is to perform a process of elimination.
Stop drinking your shakes for a period of time such as 7 days on up to 30 days, and see how your body reacts and feels NOT having them.
Then, gradually reintroduce them and take note if the same symptoms arise once again.
If they do; then you’ll know, without a doubt, that your protein (or meal replacement) shake is making you sick.
Now Should You Discover That
Your Shakes ARE Making You Sick…
… then I invite you to try the shakes that my family and I drink!
I have NEVER gotten sick from drinking them, my husband has never gotten sick from them, my 14-year old son (who drinks them each morning before school) has never gotten sick from them, and no one else I know who drinks them has ever reported getting sick from them. In fact…
I know people who buy them every single month… some get 3-6 boxes at a time! I don’t think people would purchase them that often if they were getting sick from them, do you?
And note that these shakes aren’t just ‘protein shakes’… they are an actual meal (yes, there is a difference) that just so happen to have 21 grams of protein (plant-based) in them.
They have absolutely NO gluten, NO whey, NO dairy, and NO soy in them and are chock-full of wholesome ingredients.
They’ve been responsible for countless people feeling healthier & more nourished AND losing weight when they replace two of their meals with them.
So, if that sounds like a shake worth trying, then:
*FREE BONUS: Once you’ve ordered from this website, you’ll also receive: Product Tip Sheets so that you get the BEST results possible; and my delicious, Signature Shake Recipes so that you don’t get bored drinking the same flavors, and more! Available in U.S. & CAN only.
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