Why do Protein Supplements Give Me a Stomach Ache?

There’s a quite a few people that deal with digestion issues on a regular basis, in fact I’d say the good majority of people have some sort of digestions issues and most don’t know it. These are including:

  • gas
  • indigestion
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • bloating
  • heart burn

Take that to the next level when it comes to protein supplements and people dealing with digestions issues. We often hear one or a combination of these:

  • I can’t do protein supplements it gives me gas.
  • protein supplements bloat me.
  • I’ve tried protein in the past and it didn’t exactly sit well with my stomach.

Not All Protein Supplements are Created Equally

These are just a few and given that we produce our own protein supplements we’ve heard quite a few different reasons why people choose not to use protein supplements. And for good reason mind you; in fact we’re on your side. Which is why we create our own supplements.

The first thing I’d like to point out is, Not All Protein Supplements are Created Equally. The problem is, most people feel that ‘a protein supplement is a protein supplement’. Few look at brand names, less look at ingredients, in fact, in most cases when someone looks at anything other than the price, it’s the protein content.

But just because it says ’20g of protein’ doesn’t mean your body is actually getting that much protein. If a product is full of toxins, like so many are; if your body isn’t able to digest the protein – then you aren’t getting 20g of protein like the container says. You’re getting much less.

The first thing you need to do is read the ingredients. Head down the isle of your fav supplements store and pick up some of the protein supplements and look at the back of the container. I’m not talking about nutrition value, I’m not talking about calories per serving, I’m talking about the ingredients and what’s actually in the product.

If there’s a long list of ingredients that you’re aren’t able read, pronounce, or spell, we recommend putting it back on the shelf.

You may also want to read a different article we wrote about called Protein Powder and Superior Ingredients.

Why do Protein Supplements Give Me a Stomach Ache

The protein supplement industry is changing for the better. That’s the good news. But still, it’s a market saturated in low quality protein supplements that put more money into their marketing campaigns than they do their ingredients.

But even if you do find a good protein supplement there could be other reasons why it’s not sitting quite well when it hits your gut and intestines causing digestion issues. Some of these include:

  • the type of milk you are using
  • how fast you are drinking your shake or smoothie
  • food combining and the other ingredients you are using with your shake or smoothie
  • the type of protein: plant based, whey, etc.

Let’s dive a bit deeper to work through these issues

Regardless of what you think or how you feel, some people simply don’t do well with certainly types of milk. Maybe you’re having oat milk for example and for some reason it doesn’t sit well with you.

Maybe you swear by diary and want to support your local farmers. You might be shocked to know dairy is always near the top of the list when it comes to most common food allergies.

It goes without saying that the good majority of people chug their smoothies and shakes like they’re pregaming before the biggest Super bowl party of the year.

Instead slowly drinking your protein shake, and enjoying all the health benefits that it has to offer, we tend to drink them as fast as possible that would give the healthiest person stomach aches.

Consider slowly drinking your smoothie, enjoying every sip and understand what it’s doing to your body in the process.

Try different types of milk. Even if you think you have to have a certain type. Change it up and see what happens.

You maybe sensitive to certain types of food combinations. For example if you’re using a diary milk, then you add a fruit as a quick sugar. This is a no no when it comes to food combining – so you might consider having a shake with your favourite type of dairy milk, and not adding the fruit in.

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Not All Supplements Are Created Equally

Remember that not all supplements are created equally, so just because you’re tried one, doesn’t mean you should give up on the idea if that one didn’t work well for you.

Be sure to read the ingredients, choose better, pay a little bit more for quality and if you see a super cheap protein rack sitting on the discount rack keep moving and avoid that stomach ache.

Once you get to know brands, and understand that some companies do a great job of the time and effort they put into their products and ingredients, you’ll know exactly where to go the next time you’re ready for a protein supplement to add to your shake or smoothie!