Protein powder, a nutritional supplement, is commonly used by people to tone their muscles, and it also aids in weight loss. Protein is essential to build muscles, repair tissues, and to produce hormones and enzymes. Various plant-based and dairy-based protein powders are available commercially.
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Is Nitrous oxide pre-workout supplement bad for hypothyroidism?
Query: Dear Doctor, I have hypothyroidism. My TSH level is higher than the normal range. T3 and T4 are fine. I go to the gym regularly and like to lift heavy weights. I am taking pre-workout supplement - Nitrous Oxide. I heard that this is not good for me but I want to take some pre-workout supplement. Wha... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. That is a very good question. You are right. The supplements which you are taking are not good for you when you have hypothyroidism. It can have adverse effects in the long run. I understand you require a pre-workout supplement for the strenuous exercise you do. ... Read Full »
Could my symptoms relate to protein toxicity from protein shakes?
Query: Hi doctor, I had a protein shake for three weeks, around five scoops a day. Since then I get a pulsation in my buttocks and legs. This also causes dizziness most of the time. If I eat too much this problem gets worse. Drinking a lot of water helps but it is not sorting out the problem. I was advised... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. After going through your question I feel that you are really worried about the ill effects of protein shake. Let me assure you that a protein shake is perfectly safe even if you have taken in large quantities as mentioned. The fact that even after three weeks it has no... Read Full »
How can I know if my protein powder is good for me?
Query: Hello doctor,I have a supplement I would like to use, but I need someone to check if it is fine. Can you see if there are any harmful ingredients? Please help.Thank you. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. May I know what supplement you would like to use and for what purpose? I will try my best to guide you. Thank you. Read Full »
Do protein supplements cause black stools?
Query: Hello doctor, I am 16 years old. I have started taking a protein supplement since yesterday. I passed black stools this morning. Is this black color because of the protein powder? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Protein supplements do not cause black stools. Black stools, also known as melena, occur if there is bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract. There are chances of black stools if you take medications like Pepto-Bismol or Iron supplements. So, if you are not on Pep... Read Full »
I am a vegetarian. I would like to gain weight without any side effects. Please help.
Query: Hello Doctor, I am a 26 year old male. I would like to gain weight without any side effects. My height is 164cm and my weight is 54kg. I am a vegetarian and I do not take eggs. I am a software engineer and my work does not involve much physical movement. Please suggest me a suitable diet plan and ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, It is very important to gain weight in a healthy way (i.e, gaining muscle and not fat). For this, both diet and exercise play a major role. DIET: Include a lot of protein in your diet in the form of nuts, seeds and sprouts. Protein drinks like Protinex are also helpful. Instead of 3 major mea... Read Full »
How much protein intake per day is considered too much?
Query: Hello doctor, Is high intake of protein powder helpful or harmful to the health? And what is considered as too much protein? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The recommended dietary intake of protein is 30% of your total calorie or food intake, which means 30% of what you eat should be proteins. If it exceeds 45 or 50%, then it can cause problems, especially to your kidneys. High protein powders can be used if you have prote... Read Full »
I have a very lean body build. I want to increase my muscle mass. Give me a diet suggestion
Query: Hello doctor, I have a very lean body build. I want to increase my muscle mass. What should I do? Shall I take any medicine or any diet suggestions? Age 23, male, weight 59kg, height - 179cm. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You must take a high protein diet. And to aid better protein absorption, include acidic foods like lemon, orange, etc., in your diet. I am mentioning here a sample protein rich diet. You may modify the same as per your taste. Breakfast: 4 boiled/scrambled/... Read Full »
Will taking protein powder in high quantities affect kidneys?
Query: Hi doctor, I heard that a high intake of protein powder will affect kidney functions (by forming kidney stones). Is it true? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Too much of any nutrient is not good for the body. But when you say 'high amount', it is a relative term. What seems 'high amount' to you may not be really high. If you think you are taking too much protein, please do mention what kind of protein you are taking and... Read Full »
Is it possible to lose weight by taking a protein diet?
Query: Hello doctor, I have a desk job, and I drive almost 3 to 4 hours, so I mostly feel tired. But, I have recently started working out and taking a protein diet. I recently got an annual check-up done, and I want you to see the attached reports, and give your opinion on them. I have been on a protein... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I just read your query and saw your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You do have a raised total cholesterol, but considering your age, I would not advise any lipid lowering drugs as of now. I suggest you try doing the following. Cut down on ... Read Full »
How do alcohol interfere with shake taken for weight reduction?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22-year-old male. My weight is 116 kg and my height is 5 feet 7 inches. My problem is, I am using nutrition food and milkshake to lose weight. 15 days ago, my weight is 123 kg but now it is 116 kg. I am doing a gym too. This is a product from herbal life. I want to go to my sis... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is important to know what is the contents of your supplements. However, common supplements contain creatinine for muscle building, with which alcohol is safe in moderation. However, if the content is not known then it is better to withhold supplements two to thre... Read Full »