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A 31-year-old member asked:

i drink a protein shake after working out - can you ever have too much protein?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Protein intake: Excess protein intake is only a problem in persons with chronic renal disease, and even among them it is relatively rare. It is very important to maintain adequate fluid intake.
Dr. John Hammes
Nephrology and Dialysis 28 years experience
Yes: To add to dr kerr's response, protein is metabolized to Amino Acids and represents an extra acid load. There is some experimental evidence that extra protein may increase the risk for kidney stones (even if you don't have chronic kidney disease); most data in humans comes from ingesting extra animal protein and there is little to no info regarding protein supplement shakes.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Yes you can: The body can only put on a limited amount of protein in a day (varies with intake, disease state, etc). Dietary excess of protein requires can cause problems if there is any underlying decrease in kidney function (as may be seen with diabetes, aging, etc), can increase risk for kidney stones, dehydration (unless adequate h2o), liver abn. Balance studies show 0.8-1.0 gm/kg is plenty in good healt.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

How long after working out is it appropriate to drink a protein shake?

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Dr. Jay Kansal
Dentistry 14 years experience
Within 45 mins: A protein shake is the most beneficial to your muscles for rebuilding and recovery within the first 30-45 mins of you working out. If you dont have a high protein intake throughout the day a shake can also help make up for that as your body does need it throughout the day as your body uses it for normal function as well as rebuilding your muscles.
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How long after working out should you drink a protein shake and how much should you drink?

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Before: Actually you must drink protein shake before a work out, never after !
A 36-year-old member asked:

When should I consume my protein shake after working out?

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Dr. Ayo Adu
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Soon: Ideally, within the first 60 minutes after your workout.
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A 16-year-old male asked:

What kind of healthy protein shake or powder should I get after working out ?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
None: First, we do not do any product endorsement here. What is it about your health that tells you that you need protein products rather than just a good protein rich diet?

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