If you’re wondering IF protein shakes are capable of making you sick or…
IS it your shake that’s been making you feel so sick or…
WHY is it that your shake is making you feel sick…
You are NOT alone.
Unfortunately there are MANY people asking some of those exact same questions because they’re finding that certain protein powders are causing them to have some really undesirable side effects.
*If you’d prefer to hear this information rather than read it, play the video below*
How I First Discovered That Protein Shakes Can Make People Sick
I had NEVER heard of people saying shakes make them sick until…
One day I received a very interesting & unnerving phone call from a friend of mine who was drinking a particular brand (name withheld) of whey & soy protein-based shakes.
She LOVED the taste of these shakes and CONSTANTLY suggested I should switch from the shakes I had been consuming for YEARS (with NO problems, mind you) and switch over to hers.
Hmph. Let me just say I’m SO glad I never did because…
When she called, she was in a total UPROAR after having discovered that her ‘delicious shakes’ were, in fact, the culprit behind the “mysterious” stomach aches she AND her daughter were having!
Not only THAT, but…
She spoke with other people she knew personally who drank them and they, too, had complaints of 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 powder and a meal replacement shake! One is straight protein and the other is a combo of protein, carbs, and fat… making it more of a complete meal.
On a personal note…
I’ve tried a few protein powders & meal replacement shakes and, although I never drank enough of them and never drank any of them LONG enough to get sick, I DID notice each time this kind of weird feeling I’d get in my head.
I know you’re probably like, “In your head?? What in the world?”
It’s difficult to explain, but it’s just this really weird feeling & sensation I’d get each and every time I tasted a whey & soy-based shake, no matter how good or bad the flavor of it was, and that was just from taking a sip or two… not even consuming the entire shake.
There has been only one shake that I can drink and not get that feeling, and it’s NOT whey or soy-based. Hmmm…
Anyway, 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 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 lessen 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!
Typically, meal replacement shakes have either fiber or bulking agents and if you aren’t drinking enough water throughout the day, that can cause a lot of excess bloating & discomfort.
So, those are some possible causes and reasons behind your protein or meal replacement shakes making you sick.
But in all fairness…
Don’t Give Up On Shakes Altogether
The BEST way to really know for sure whether or not your shakes are the culprit, 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.
But as I said, don’t give up on shakes altogether as there ARE some out there that absolutely WILL NOT make you sick, not one iota!
It seem as though the BIGGEST culprits are whey and/or soy, therefore; perhaps you need to look into either a dairy-free or a soy-free one or one that has neither of those ingredients because, quiet as it’s kept, I honestly believe those are two of THE TOP causes of shakes making folks feel ill.
Here are some suggestions for dairy & soy-free shakes that you can check out.
And if you’d like to learn about the shakes I’ve been drinking for YEARS that have NEVER made me sick…
… the same shakes my teenaged son drinks every morning before school and has also never gotten sick drinking them…
… the same shakes that are dairy-free, soy-free, have 21 g of easily-digested protein, 500 mg of calcium, pre & probiotics and a lot more goodness in them…
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