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   Posted 1/22/2009 1:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been given some nutritional guidelines from an alternative doctor. All of them recognised in this forum, except one that I haven't read about.
As I do a lot of exercise and also weight training she says I need a bit more protein. She recommends that I take a protein powder supplement.
She recommend pea protein powder. Later I could go on whey protein.
I was once told that it is not documented that the body is actually able to obtain these protein powders.
What's your take?

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   Posted 1/22/2009 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Definitely find a high quality protein supplement. It's good extra nutrition that's easy to digest for IBDers with compromised guts, but if you're weight training, you need it even more.

I would disagree with your doc, though, and would recommend either a whey protein isolate or an egg white protein. If you get the whey, be sure to get an isolate and not a concentrate as it's almost lactose free and easier to digest.
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   Posted 1/22/2009 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
So long as you drink extra water then you shouldn't have issues with using a protein supplement, the biggest risk with them is constipation so start with a small amount and wean yourself to a higher dose only if things go well (no constipation or other problems) don't start out with the recommended amount which can actually be quite a bit, wean into it instead and increase your daily water intake.

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   Posted 1/22/2009 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Like the others said, find a good quality protein. Also as pb4 said, water is key to its effective use. I would not worry too much about the body not "obtaining" these proteins. Most- such as whey or soy- is just protein found in powder form and are just as easily absorbed into the body for use as any other protein.

Water, though....must drink plenty with protein powder-- not just to keep from constipation at bay but for your body to effectively metabolize the nutrients.

I use EAS whey protein. High quality at a good price. It makes me insanely thirsty though-- which is good reminder that WATER is very important ;o)


Began Humira on Jan 10 2009

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   Posted 2/4/2009 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   

I'm new to all this!! But I have tried a few protein powders. And by far they are not all the same. I think I have found the best on the market. Its an all natural Whey Isolate. The taste is the best I have ever come across.I think if anyone tries it they will switch there brand! ONe of the things I like most about it is that it has Zero Carbs and Zero Fat!! wink So far I have only been able to find it online. The order process was quick and easy! I suggest if your looking for a protein powder give this a try!!

Post Edited By Moderator (Red_34) : 2/4/2009 12:34:29 PM (GMT-7)

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