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Why do some people not digest their protein powder?

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Some people cannot digest protein powder. For what reasons ? What is dumping syndrome? Why can dumping syndrome be linked to certain dietary supplements? We answer all your questions.

Understanding the dumping syndrome to better use your food supplements

Have you ever taken a dietary supplement and found yourself on the toilet a few minutes later feeling like you were already expelling it in liquid form?

Is this a sign of an allergy to lactose, milk, gluten ...?

No, it is very often a simple dumping syndrome which is not at all pathological. Dumping syndrome is only a testament to the fact that you are not using the supplement in the way that is right for your body.

What is dumping syndrome? 

It's a play on words, because "to dump" means at the same time to say to dump, to unload while being a slang expression which means that one goes to the toilet. We find this duality of effects in this syndrome, which results from too rapid passage of food through the stomach, which is thus found poorly digested in the small intestine.

As a result, large amounts of fluid will immediately collect in the intestine. Excessive distension of the abdominal wall explains why one can have pain "in the stomach". The blood will also arrive in a massive way, which can explain a rapid weakness and a chilliness due to lack of blood in the rest of the body.

Results, we expel everything we can by natural means (nausea or diarrhea). Symptoms of hypoglycemia may later be experienced.

The dumping syndrome is not pathological 

Contrary to what the fear professionals who inhabit the internet would have you believe, if the dumping syndrome can seem impressive when it happens, it does not indicate any pathology when it is due to food supplements. It just means that you are using your supplements incorrectly or that you are using supplements that are not suitable for your metabolism.

Doctors are very familiar with this dumping syndrome because it is common in people who have had an operation on the stomach, and in whom the latter does not fulfill its digestive functions.

Do not confuse dumping syndrome with intolerance

By simple ignorance of human physiology, the consequences of the dumping syndrome (diarrhea, stomach ache in particular) are too easily attributed to fashionable intolerances: lactose, milk, gluten ... diagnosis that we put forward for ease.

But not fully understanding your own digestive physiology will only delay your progress as an athlete.

Why can dumping syndrome be linked to certain dietary supplements?

There is only one class of supplements that are likely to cause dumping syndrome: they are those that have been formulated to be digested extremely quickly in order to directly or indirectly optimize muscle anabolism.

Among these directly anabolic supplements, we find in order of occurrence:

There is only one class of supplements that are likely to cause dumping syndrome: they are those that have been formulated to be digested extremely quickly in order to directly or indirectly optimize muscle anabolism.

Among these directly anabolic supplements, we find in order of occurrence:

Among the indirectly anabolic supplements, we find:

The # 1 cause of dumping syndrome: the misuse of a dietary supplement

If you are given a Formula 1 car and you immediately try to reach its top speed, it is likely that you will have an accident long before you reach the full power of the car. It is the same with the anabolic food supplements that we have mentioned.

The behavior that must absolutely be avoided is to say to yourself "Hey, Peptopro, it's good, I'll start by taking a mega-dose to become huge!" Instead of starting with the maximum dose, always start low and work your way up very gradually.

Following this common sense rule avoids the vast majority of problems associated with dumping syndrome.

Your friends: fat and fiber

Some dietary supplement specialists recommend that you add fat to your protein systematically. The goal is of course to slow down digestion by forcing protein to spend more time in the stomach.

We do not believe that this approach should be systematic. But in the event of dumping syndrome, even at low doses, it is an approach that should be considered by adding, for example, a little olive oil to its proteins or to its organic Oatmeal powder. You can also add fibers such as Nutri-fibers.

Solutions against dumping

If this is not enough, the next step should be taken to further slow down the passage through the stomach. For example, mix Peptan with casein and organic Oatmeal powder with a little flakes.

The objection to this strategy is that as we slow down the speed of digestion, we also decrease the anabolic response that will follow taking the supplement. However, it should be understood that the question does not arise in these terms.

The real question is what dosage and in what form can your digestive system best assimilate your anabolic dietary supplements? Taking a protein and ending up on the toilet will not be anabolic at all. Anabolism will always be more powerful without dumping syndrome than with. This is how we must reason and not in the other direction.

Dumping syndrome: conclusion

In summary, dumping syndrome is characterized by extremely rapid digestive problems following the ingestion of supplements that are digested quickly without staying in the stomach for a long time.

It only happens to a minority of athletes. It is mainly due to an error in using a new anabolic food supplement. Fortunately, it is quite easy to avoid it when you understand the ins and outs.

Written on 12/30/2021 by Nutrimuscle Conseil
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