How to stop feeling sick after protein shake


Wondering how to stop feeling sick after protein shake? Here are 10+ tips to reduce symptoms like bloating, diarrhea, and stomach pain. 

Written by Jack Schrupp and Brittany Adelman, Registered Dietitian

Protein shakes and feeling sick

Why do protein shakes make me feel sick?


If you just drank a protein shake and feel sick to your stomach, you have come to the right place. I am here to help you understand why your protein upset your stomach, and help you manage your symptoms.

Many protein shakes contain ingredients that can cause painful side effects and long term digestive health problems. Among these ingredients are food additives, dairy-based proteins, and protein concentrates and isolates. 

Avoid food additives

Emulsifiers, flavors, sweeteners, thickeners, and other additives can upset your stomach, even in small amounts. This happens because they look nothing like real foods, making them hard to digest. 

Foods that resist digestion feed your gut bacteria, which release gas as they eat. Too much intestinal gas can cause bloating, stomach pain, and even constipation.

In some cases, foods that resist digestion cause your colon to absorb too much water. As you might imagine, this can result in diarrhea.

Here is a list of the most common food additives in protein supplements:

  • acacia fiber
  • acacia gum
  • acesulfame potassium
  • artificial flavors
  • ascorbic acid
  • aspartame
  • calcium carbonate
  • carrageenan
  • cellulose gum
  • dextrin
  • dicalcium phosphate
  • dipotassium phosphate
  • erythritol
  • gellan gum
  • guar gum
  • gum arabic
  • inulin
  • locust bean gum
  • maltitol
  • maltodextrin
  • mono- and diglycerides
  • ‘natural’ flavors
  • rice bran extract
  • rice dextrin
  • rice hulls
  • rosemary extract
  • silica
  • silicon dioxide
  • sodium alginate
  • soluble corn fiber
  • sorbitol
  • soy lecithin
  • sucralose
  • sunflower lecithin
  • tocopherols
  • tricalcium phosphate
  • xanthan gum
  • xylitol
  • zinc oxide

Regularly food additives can also alter the composition of your gut microbiome – the collection of microorganisms living in your gut. This can lead to gut dysbiosis, which is linked to the development of several chronic digestive issues

Avoid dairy-based proteins

Dairy-based proteins like whey and casein, although not an issue for everyone, can cause side effects like bloating and diarrhea. This is in part because they contain lactose, a sugar most adults cannot fully digest.

Avoid protein concentrates and isolates

Most protein supplements are made from protein concentrates and isolates, which have been mechanically and or chemically stripped of everything but the protein, including the enzymes, fiber, and other natural digestive aids that help you break them down. As a result, they can cause digestive issues and possibly even disruptions to your gut microbiome

Finding a protein supplement free from food additives, dairy-based proteins, and protein concentrates and isolates is hard.

In fact, 99% of protein supplements contain one or more of these problematic ingredients. This is why we created drink wholesome.

How to stop stomach pain from a protein shake


The first thing you should do if your protein shake makes you feel sick is stop drinking it. As you just learned, it is likely that one or more of the ingredients in your protein supplement is upsetting your stomach.

The next course of action is dealing with your symptoms. Most symptoms will go away after a few hours, but there are a few steps you can take to make yourself more comfortable.

How to reduce nausea:

Drink lots of water. The body needs water to efficiently digest and absorb nutrients from foods and beverages. Dehydration makes digestion difficult, which increases the likelihood of an upset stomach.

Sit or stand. People with an upset stomach should avoid lying down or going to bed.

Eat ginger. Ginger may help reduce nausea.

How to reduce bloating and gas:

Exercise. Physical exercise can help you pass gas and reduce bloating.

Drink peppermint tea. This easy home remedy also has a long history of reducing bloating and gas.

How to deal with diarrhea:

Drink water, broth, or sports drinks. Staying well hydrated and getting lots of electrolytes is important if you have diarrhea

Eat plain foods. There is no particular food or food group that can reduce diarrhea, but bananas, white rice, applesauce, and toast are all safe things to eat.

How to get rid of constipation:

Drink warm water. Drinking lots of water, especially warm or hot water, can help you poop.

Exercise. Movement can stimulate the muscles in your digestive system.

Eat more fiber. Fiber increases the size of your stool, which helps it move through your digestive tract. It also softens your stool, making it easier to pass.

Drink coffee. Caffeine can stimulate the muscles in your digestive system.

Depending on the nature and severity of your symptoms, these tips and tricks may help you feel better. Please keep in mind that every stomach is different, however, and what works for one person might not work for someone else.

It is also important to note that most gastrointestinal symptoms just need time to subside, so if nothing seems to help, take deep breaths, meditate if you know how, and do your best to relax.

Now that you know how to stop feeling sick after protein shake, you can also spend your time waiting looking for a new protein powder. 

drink wholesome will not make you feel sick


Our protein powder will not make you feel sick because we use a short list of simple ingredients free from food additives, dairy-based proteins, and protein concentrates and isolates.

Our ingredients

egg whites

egg whites

coconut

coconut

vanilla

vanilla

monk fruit

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NOT our ingredients

  • acacia gum

  • acesulfame potassium

  • artificial flavors

  • carrageenan

  • erythritol

  • guar gum

  • inulin

  • maltodextrin

  • 'natural' flavors

  • silica

  • soy lecithin

  • sucralose

  • xanthan gum

  • xylitol

Note that instead of using protein concentrates or isolates, we use whole food protein sources like collagen, egg whites, and almonds, which are easier to digest and absorb.

Whole food protein sources also have unique digestive benefits: collagen can reduce bloating and improve digestive symptoms, egg whites can help restore your mucosal intestinal barrier, and almonds can improve the composition of your gut microbiome.

It follows that our customers experience fewer digestive issues with our protein powder than with any other type of protein supplement. Order samples to see for yourself. 

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Frequently asked questions

Who is it for?

Drink Wholesome is the best protein powder for sensitive stomachs. If you are sick of protein powders that upset your stomach, you have come to the right place. 

Why is it easy to digest?

No dairy 

Drink Wholesome is made without whey and casein. These dairy-based proteins contain lactose, a sugar most adults can’t fully digest. 

No additives

Drink Wholesome is made without food additives. Even in small amounts, emulsifiers, thickeners, and other additives can cause digestive issues and long-term gut health problems. 

Whole food protein

Drink Wholesome is made with whole food protein sources like almonds, collagen, and egg whites. Unlike protein concentrates and isolates, which have been stripped of enzymes, fiber, and other digestive aids, whole foods are easy to break down.

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We make protein powders and meal replacement powders. The difference between protein powders and meal replacement powders is the nutrition content. Protein powders are high in protein and low in everything else, whereas meal replacement powders contain fats, carbs, and protein because they are intended to replace the nutritional value of a healthy meal.

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We make three types of protein powder: collagen protein powderegg white protein powder, and vegan almond protein powder. As long as you are eating a balanced diet, any type of protein powder can help you boost your protein intake. Just pick the one that best suits your dietary needs and personal preferences.

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Protein Rice Krispies Treats

PREP TIME

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COOK TIME

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SERVES

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Instructions

In a large pot, melt the butter over low heat. Add the marshmallows, and stir until the mixture is smooth. Remove the pot from the heat, and incorporate the protein powder. Add the Rice Krispies, stirring until combined. Transfer the mixture to a 9×13 inch greased pan. Let your Protein Rice Krispie Treats sit for 30 minutes before eating.

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