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A while ago a friend of mine asked me to design different juices and fruit shakes using the protein powder he loves. Before I start any kind of creative cooking, mixing and matching of ingredients, I always check what products are around me. I was curious to know about the protein powder that my friend is using and has been using for very long. He loves to add it to his shakes, smoothies, after his work out in the gym and all that.  I am not a fan of protein powders myself, and therefore had my doubts about using them. I checked the ingredients of the protein powder to see what I had in my hand and what my friend is putting into his body daily. To my horror the protein powder had all of the following ingredients: (Apart from whey protein the powder contained): Lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC) CMC Gum, Xanthan Gum Potassium Chloride Natural And Artificial Flavors Sucralose This is a bunch of chemicals and I would stay far away from anything that includes the above. If you take protein powder check your ingredient list. Lots of “gym protein powders” are one big chemical factory. If you experience stomach bloating after drinking a protein smoothie or a protein powder shake, it is a clear sign that your body has difficulties digesting it. Stay away from Xanthan Gum – it can cause bloating, head aches, diarrhea and some people react with skin rashes. Generally if you look at the ingredient list of your protein powder and you have no idea what the ingredients are – don’t use it! Why put chemicals and weird stuff into your system just to build muscles or increase protein in your diet?! Eat natural foods. This is what the Universe has given us – Natural food! Pure and simple.Don’t stress about all that protein. Your body will do much better with less protein, and especially protein powders. An overuse of protein increases the level of acidity in the body, all of which is harmful to your kidneys. It is better to use natural sources of protein. You can add hemp seeds or flaxseeds to your smoothies or eat a good handful of almonds. Natural protein is better for your body and easier on your digestive system. Don’t compromise your health with toxic protein powders. Keep it simple, eat natural food, think in colors (fruits, veggies), enjoy nature’s protein (nuts, seeds) and remember to laugh daily and smile a lot. Stay healthy always, Sally XX

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