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    I've been using those low carbohydrate whey protein shakes as a nutritional supplement after workouts but they tend to give me mild headaches. Any ideas why? I have no allergies.

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    Just take normal protein

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    • #3
      do they contain aspartame or msg? Some people are more sensitive to those than others. I use protein shakes as a meal replacement, and still experience a sugar buzz even though it's technically sugar free.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
        do they contain aspartame or msg? Some people are more sensitive to those than others. I use protein shakes as a meal replacement, and still experience a sugar buzz even though it's technically sugar free.
        Not that I can see on the label. I used to drink tons of diet pop before I cut it out completely and pop never gave me headaches.

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        • #5
          If you're getting a headache, perhaps it's to do with dehydration? That much protein does mean you should keep fluids up...

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          • #6
            Are you taking creatine?
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            • #7
              Try mixing some simple carbs in it with, I like to mix my protein shakes with 8oz almond milk, 4oz of berries, and a tbsp of almond butter. Good dose of everything (good fats, protein, carbs) , and still fairly low carb (if thats your thing) Of course, this is just a replacement for real food, I tend to eat a protein rich meal after a workout anyways if im not on the go.

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              • #8
                Tough to say without looking at the ingredients list but my guess is that it may be related to your training. What do you do for exercise? Also, I tend to get headaches after workouts when I don't eat a large enough post-workout meal. This may be highly individual but you could try ditching the shake and eating a full meal after your workout. If your workout is fairly intense, you should eat some carbs pwo as the cortisol spike could be causing the headache as well. Check out my site below if you're interested in maximizing performance without supplementation. I specialize in helping others maximize their work output without supplementation.
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                • #9
                  Whey protein isolates spikes insulin which is good post-workout, but bad if you are sensitive to rapid insulin changes...
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Wanderlust View Post
                    Are you taking creatine?
                    I checked the label, this stuff has creatine in it. I think. It says creatine monohydrate taurine.

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                    • #11
                      You are dehydrated, drink water. Also taurine is a stimulant, like in red bull, so that's probably not helping.
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                      • #12
                        It can't be dehydration. I drink plenty during the course of my workout. Usually two bottles. Maybe the taurine stimulant?

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                        • #13
                          Oh well. this whey protein stuff is more of a pain in the butt and head than it is worth. I'll just have a couple burger patties instead.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ksowayan View Post
                            I've been using those low carbohydrate whey protein shakes as a nutritional supplement after workouts but they tend to give me mild headaches. Any ideas why? I have no allergies.
                            You probably have a "hidden allergy" to dairy products such as whey and that's causing your headaches.

                            I would recommend just getting your protein from food or getting a different protein supplement such as brown rice protein or hemp protein. This article here is an excellent resource on high protein foods and supplements: High Protein Foods You've Never Heard AboutThe Superman Diet

                            Also I would recommend reading the book "Ultramind Solution" by Mark Hyman to understand hidden allergies better as many people have a hidden allergy to dairy, gluten and sugar

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by astragalus View Post
                              You probably have a "hidden allergy" to dairy products such as whey and that's causing your headaches.

                              I would recommend just getting your protein from food or getting a different protein supplement such as brown rice protein or hemp protein. This article here is an excellent resource on high protein foods and supplements: High Protein Foods You've Never Heard AboutThe Superman Diet

                              Also I would recommend reading the book "Ultramind Solution" by Mark Hyman to understand hidden allergies better as many people have a hidden allergy to dairy, gluten and sugar
                              Thank you for the information!

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