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Doctor insights on: Can I Drink Protein Shakes While Pregnant

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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I am a teen, and I weight 220lbs I want to start go jogging every day. Can I drink protein shakes in the same time? Does it help me lose weight?

I am a teen, and I weight 220lbs I want to start go jogging every day. Can I drink protein shakes in the same time? Does it help me lose weight?

Lose weight: Well! Weight loss is possible if you burn more calories than you consume. Jogging-- good idea! Go for it! Will help you burn more calories! protein shakes--- not a good idea. Just eat less and eat healthy! ...Read more

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Somebody said if I drink protein shakes it will thicken my body is that true?

Somebody said if I drink protein shakes it will thicken my body is that true?

Protein shakes: Protein shakes as a supplement to your diet will add protein and calories, so you should gain weight. Gaining weight and thickness though depends upon calories consumed versus calories burned. And you wish to gain muscle more than fat, so exercise wisely and avoid saturated fats in your diet. ...Read more

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Is too much protein bad for your health? I drink protein shakes and I don't know whether too much is bad for my health.

Is too much protein bad for your health? I drink protein shakes and I don't know whether too much is bad for my health.

Debatable: Too much protein can have adverse effects but it varies per person. There is controversy whether kidney damage may occur with excessive protein. One question to ask is whether large amounts of protein are necessary- the answer is typically "no." most active athletes need in the range of 0.6-1 gram/pound. So, if you weigh 200 pounds, then 120-200 grams is plenty. More than that serves no purpose. ...Read more

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When I was about 2 I had a kidney stone due to calcium. I'm 17 now so if I drink protein shakes with 480mg of calcium, can I get one again?

When I was about 2 I had a kidney stone due to calcium. I'm 17 now so if I drink protein shakes with 480mg of calcium, can I get one again?

Electrolyte status?: It is important to know more about why the original stone happened. Is there a metabolic error in how your calcium gets excreted in the urine, or concentrated in the bloodstream? Are there other concerns (i.e. renal disease, hyperparathyroidism) that affect your calcium balance? I would avoid any excess/supplemental calcium for now in favor of a regular balanced diet and more data from past PCPs. ...Read more

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I'm a vegetarian and everytime I drink protein shakes, eat peanut butter or fruit I get shaky and light headed. What causes that?

I'm a vegetarian and everytime I drink protein shakes, eat peanut butter or fruit I get shaky and light headed. What causes that?

Blood sugar/allergy: This is unusual. If these symptoms occur a couple hours after eating fruit it could be due to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) but that would be unlikely after protein/fats. You may be allergic/sensitive to these foods (or at least one of the ingredients in the shake).If you are allergic to these foods it may be related to imbalances of intestinal flora. I advise seeing a holistic doctor. See comment:. ...Read more

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Being a woman should I be drinking protein shakes?

Being a woman should I be drinking protein shakes?

If you....: Are not eating enough meat, or you are exercising heavily. Also, they make a quick breakfast or meal substitute. I like eas carbvantage: 17g of protein, 1 gram off fat, 2.5 grams of carbs, 100 calories. Chocolate fudge, strawberry, chocolate mocha, and french vanilla! ...Read more

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So people who are vegan drink protein shakes?

So people who are vegan drink protein shakes?

Not all of them!: That is a vast generalization. Certainly some vegans drink protein shakes but many don't. There are plentiful sources of protein in a vegan diet- nuts, seeds & beans are the best sources, but even foods like kale, broccoli, avocados, potatoes & quinoa contain surprising amounts of protein, it's really not that difficult to get plenty of protein on a vegan diet! ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many whey protein shakes are safe to drink a day?

Can you let me know how many whey protein shakes are safe to drink a day?

Whey protein: Whey protein is good for you but please do not rely on it as a way of replacing a good diet. The shakes can supplement the other protein, fat, and carbs you eat. Please check out the product to see if the whey comes from grass fed/free range cattle or penned up cattle w/antibiotics. Avoid the latter. One a day is ok. See doctor for your specific needs. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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My 16 year old son is drinking gainer protein shakes after lifting. Bilirubin level 3.8. Could this be related?

My 16 year old son is drinking gainer protein shakes after lifting. Bilirubin level 3.8. Could this be related?

The trouble with: Taking dietary supplements they're not regulated, many come from China and you're not sure what's really in them. I would stop taking and get checked out. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm trying to gain weight, I'm a female, am I able to drink homemade protein shakes with protein powder?

What do you advise if I'm trying to gain weight, I'm a female, am I able to drink homemade protein shakes with protein powder?

Lean met, some carbs: Add lean red meat. Fishes, salmon, and some carbs together with above.
Eat slowly and let it digest well.
BMs ok?
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I hav a busy life working n school I'm on the go. Is it okay TO drink protein Shakes everyday since I only hav time to eat a small dinner at work?

No: Protein shakes should only replace 1 or 2 meals and be supplemented with real food. The calories are too low to be used for full meals on a continuous basis and even those that do are under the care of a medical professional for weight loss. You need to find time to prepare meals and refrigerate or freeze for later use (best) or buy pre-made meals. Good luck ...Read more

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My husband is having severe pain only when he starts to run or jog.... He's been drinking protein shakes twice a day and isn't new to working out. Docto?

My husband is having severe pain only when he starts to run or jog.... He's been drinking protein shakes twice a day and isn't new to working out. Docto?

See Dr: He might have angina. Throw away the protein shakes. There is absolutely no benefit. Most Americans already consume far more protein than their body can use. Most......MOST of them contain contaminants not listed on the labels. ...Read more

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Is drinking 2 protein shakes a day bad for you?

Is drinking 2 protein shakes a day bad for you?

See below: It's not necessarily bad for you. The question is why are you drinking 2 protein shakes a day. I do not use protein supplements in my weight loss practice at all, because it's been shown not to teach people how to eat correctly. So, we need to know why you're using protein shakes. Then we can answer the question, more appropriately. ...Read more

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What is the best time for me to drink protein shakes?

What is the best time for me to drink protein shakes?

Protein shakes: One good time is within 1 hour of waking up. The protein shake can be your breakfast -- combined with coconut or almond milk, ground flax or chia seed, frozen veggies or fruit, etc. There are many tasty variations that you can experiment with. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink protein shakes without working out?

Yes: Just remember that a protein has 4 cal/gram. If it is not burned it will be stored as fat. But when a person is cutting calories a macro-nutrient enriched shake is very helpful and will help prevent muscle breakdown and general malnutrition. Be sure that the manufacturing process is good or proteins can become denatured and useless. You have to exercise even if it is just walking, it is vital! ...Read more

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Can drinking protein shakes stop me getting a six pack?

Can drinking protein shakes stop me getting a six pack?

Yes: You probably each enough protein and these shakes are calories ; make you fat. You're going to need to diet and be hungry for a fair part of each day, and not "reward yourself with food." you'll need to do some serious aerobic exercise. As you lose most of your body fat, start developing your abdominal muscles. Especially, don't neglect exercises like cable pull-downs for heavy resistance. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous for 14 years olds to drink protein shakes?

Ok: It is ok to drink protein shakes as a part of a well rounded diet. Many are high in sugar so be careful for sugar content. Also do not rely on shakes as meal replacements, they should only supplement a well rounded diet. ...Read more

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Is drinking protein shakes good for me where I'm losing weight?

Is drinking protein shakes good for me where I'm losing weight?

Usually yes: Make sure that the protein drink is suitable for your weight loss goals. My advise is to meet with a nutritionist who can compute your nutritional needs especially while you are trying to lose weight. Keep in mind that living on a shake diet for life is not realistic so plan on a change in your diet when you get off the shakes. ...Read more

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Protein shakes for a 15 year old, is it okay for him to drink 2 a week?

Sure!: Sounds like he is wanting to build some lean muscle as is typical for teenage boys, keep an eye on his total protein intake which should not be more than 1.4 mg/k/day. 0.8 to 1 mg/kg/day is adequate protein intake. Good luck! Great to see your teen interested in nutrition! ...Read more

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I have the symptoms of eosinophilic esophagitisafter drinking protein shakes 2X/day...will this pass without meds? I had scope today and was clean.

I have the symptoms of eosinophilic esophagitisafter drinking protein shakes 2X/day...will this pass without meds? I had scope today and was clean.

An evolving answer: An evolving answer that includes identification /avoidance of known food allergens, use of budesonide, and possibly other agents. See: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed? Db=pubmed&term=treatment eosinophilic gastroenteritis for over 300 references in the pediatric and adult patient treatment settings. Diagnoissed by biopsy. How about cutting out the protein shakes? ...Read more

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What's the easiest way to gain weight im 5"2 and only weigh 110lb can exercising help me? I've tried drinking the protein shakes but they not ar working

What's the easiest way to gain weight im 5"2 and only weigh 110lb can exercising help me? I've tried drinking the protein shakes but they not ar working

Why?: 110# at 5'2" is just right. I don't advise trying to gain weight. We come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Self acceptance is critical for happiness and health. Enjoy your body the way it is. That said, exercise is always a good idea. ...Read more

Shaking (Definition)

Shaking is a symptom in which a person has tremors (shakiness or small back and forth movements) in part or all of his body. Shaking can be due to cold body temperatures, rising fever (such as with infections), neurological problems, medicine ...Read more


Protein (Definition)

Proteins are large molecules made up of a smaller class of molecules called amino acids. Proteins play an enormous role in the function of our bodies including enzymes, messengers, replicating dna, ...Read more