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What to Do About Gas from Protein Drinks

So, you've been taking a great whey protein supplement and you can tell it's working. But you can also tell something else--and so can the people around you.

  • Are people blaming you for global warming due to high emissions of gas?

  • Do you get on a plane and silently pray someone else will be blamed for that horrendous smell?

  • Do kids walk behind you with lighters playing "flamethrower?"

The three major sources of gas in a healthy diet are lactose, beans, and fiber.

With the whey protein powders, lactose intolerance is probably the source of your gas. Only 5% of the world's population is free from the problem of lactose intolerance. A lactose medication is the answer to this problem. You can probably find such a medication at your local pharmacy. It's effective for most people suffering from lactose intolerance.

If you eat a lot of beans, that's good. But doing so may also make your bedroom sound like a battlefield at night with all the farting going on. Several products exist to reduce gas from beans. The most well-known is Beano.

Both the lactose medication and the bean product work at the "intake end." They work for specific kinds of gas generating foods. Another product works at the "output end." It helps you eliminate gas buildup, no matter what the source. Stop at any pharmacy and pick up an over the counter box of simethicone.

It comes in regular tablets, chewable tablets, capsules, and liquid.  Simethicon is non-habit-forming, and works by releasing the surface tension of bubbles. There are no known symptoms of overdose.

However, some people are allergic to simethicone. This is very uncommon, but it happens. If you have a rash or some other undesirable change, go off the simethicone for a couple of days and see if the condition improves.

  • Do not take simethicone with any other medication until you consult with the pharmacist about possible drug interactions.

  • Do not take simethicone if you are pregnant or lactating, except under a doctor's supervision.

  • Do not take simethicone more than 7 days in a row. You may have gas for other reasons, and this fix will mask a problem such as gall bladder disease. On a "rest day," just don't eat any whey powders, diary products, cabbage, or other sources of gas. If you still have heavy gas, see your doctor.

Brand names:

  • Alka-Seltzer® Gas Relief Maximum Strength Softgels®
  • Flatulex® Drops
  • GasAid® Maximum Strength Softgels®
  • Gas-X®
  • Gas-X® Extra Strength
  • Gas-X® Extra Strength Liquid
  • Gas-X® Extra Strength Softgels®
  • Genasyme®
  • Genasyme® Drops
  • Maalox® Anti-Gas Extra Strength
  • Maalox® Anti-Gas Regular Strength
  • Mylanta® Gas Relief
  • Mylanta® Gas Relief Gelcaps®
  • Mylanta® Gas Relief Maximum Strength
  • Mylicon® Infant’s Drops
  • Phazyme® Infant Drops
  • Phazyme®-125 Softgels®
  • Phazyme®-166 Maximum Strength
  • Phazyme®-166 Maximum Strength Softgels®

Novartis makes GasX. Here is their toll-free number (24 hrs a day, 7 days a week): 1-800-452-0051.

If you are one of those people who takes protein powders because you want to have gas, then you'll enjoy reading The Fartbook. This guide to farting in the modern age is inexpensive and hilarious. Actually, you'll enjoy reading it whether you want to have gas or not.

Don't be too upset over having some gas. To paraphrase Descartes, "I fart. Therefore I am."



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