Feeling gassy, bloated, or just plain nauseous after your whey protein shake? You aren’t alone! It’s estimated that 65% of the human population has difficulty digesting milk (i.e. whey). With the emergence of vegan protein powders, people are taking a step back and evaluating the benefits (and potential downsides) of consuming whey protein. Here are a few of the most common ways whey and dairy might be making you feel “sick”.
Whey is a super dense dose of dairy, and contains a whole heck of a lot of lactose – the main sugar in dairy products. Lactose intolerance arises when your small intestine doesn’t have enough lactase (the enzyme that digests lactose) in order to fully digest all that ice cream you just ate while watching Gilmore Girls. This leads to undigested lactose sitting in your intestines and fermenting. Awesome. The fermentation then causes gas and bloating and can lead to cramping and diarrhea. Some people also experience body acne and headaches because of the extra lactose in their system. Due to these adverse affects, more and more people over the past few decades are consuming less dairy and replacing it with the nut milks and other dairy alternatives now available on the market.
A whey allergy can start out as a rash, an acne outbreak or even fluid retention. You also might experience excess mucus, a stuffy nose, coughing or trouble breathing if your allergy is serious. The allergy can even stop your entire system from working, even leading to leaky gut syndrome and irritable bowels. If you notice any of these symptoms it might be time to try eliminating dairy from