Being a “hardgainer”, I’ve been trying to increase my food intake. I’d like to try to get about 1g of protein per pound or make it 30% of my caloric intake, whichever is greater.
The problem is when I get my protein up there, about 1/2 the time, I get a headache that doesn’t go away with any pain releviers and I get a funny taste in my mouth. My crp smells like Windex when this happens, too. From what I’ve read, this is what happens when you have too much Urea in your blood because you’re breaking down protein faster than your kidneys can clear it out (except I’ve never read about Ammonia-smelling crp).
I get a little worried about it and cut down the protein and the problem goes away. I’ve never had a kidney or liver problem or any type of serious illness. I talk to my doc and they say “cut the protein, eat the foot pyramid” but when I press them for reasons, they have no specific reason and have never done a Urea test so I’m not sure they know what the heck they are talking about.
Is there something I’m doing wrong. Can this happen if the protein isn’t spaced out right or if I’m under-hydrated for clearing out the Urea during certain times of the day. Is there any dangers from doing this? Is there a “best method” for spreading out protein intake and matching water intake to clear our Urea?