There’s a trend going on, “Only alphas dry scoop creatine.”
But do you have to be an alpha? And speaking of that, what if you meet your end choking and coughing in front of your gym buddies and crush? How much alpha that’ll be?
But if you plan for dry scooping, here’s my finding: “Can you dry scoop Creatine?
Yes, you can dry scoop creatine, but with more risks than benefits. However, many believe that dry scooping creatine is a faster way to get that creatine in your bloodstream; there’s no scientific proof. Instead, taking dry powder straight into your mouth will result in intense coughing and an increased risk of choking by sticking.
Besides, the chalky texture is difficult to swallow, which makes you split it all out and waste it.
Throughout my article, I am going to talk all about dry scooping and all the important factors about it. Let’s get started.
Can You Dry Scoop Creatine?
You can dry scoop creatine but will not get any extra benefits from it. One popular belief of dry scooping creatine is that it helps the supplement to dissolve into your bloodstream more quickly. Thus, you can get better performance from creatine. But there’s no proven evidence on this, not to date, at least. So dry scooping creatine generates faster energy is basically false information.
Now, why should one take dry creatine? – to get the full potential benefit of it, right? But it does not really matter if you dry scoop creatine.
Creatine is just a great pre-workouts to get enough boost for optimum workouts. But that’s not an instant boost, though. It works as an energy source for your body whenever they need fast-acting energy. Once creatine inserts into your body, it will store the creatine in your cells to use when essential. So, there is no instant ‘hit’ or energy boost after creatine consumption either.
So dry scoop or not, the results will be the same. But dry scoop will have negative effects like choking, coughing, gastric, etc. Having it dissolved in water can eliminate these risks.
The Risks of Dry Scooping Creatine
There are some potential risks you might get into after dry scooping. Risks that might risk your life.
Intense Caughing and Chocking
intaking a scoop of creatine powder can lead to intense coughing and choking. Think of any powdery substance in your throat. That is extremely bad for your airways. The powder might get stuck in the airways, causing you to cough and choke.
Surely you might get some of that powder into your lungs. That might get you into a fatal condition of inflammation or lung infection.
You won’t get that creatine in your system after coughing and choking your soul. You’ll be forced to get that powder out of your mouth as soon as possible by yourself. Now, you might think 3 to 5 grams of creatine is not a waste. But it is!
Much of it will remain stuck to your teeth and gums and not make it to your stomach to digest.
For any pre-workout powders, dry scooping can be quite detrimental to your teeth. These products, especially creatine, contain nitrogenous organic acid. That can lead to enamel damage which doesn’t regenerate or grow back once gone.
Now just imagine all those powders stuck in your teeth and gum.
Are There Any Benefits of Dry Scooping Creatine?
As harmful as it is, quick absorption is a potential benefit. Many believe that dry scooping will mix with your bloodstream faster. That means dry scooping creatine allows the body to absorb the compound more quickly.
However, it’s not proven. Moreover, studies suggest that taking creatine as a solution may result in higher peak concentrations than in solid form.
Potentially a Safe Way to Dry Scoop Creatine [if you’re still doing it]
If you are still going to do it and want to prove yourself as an Alpha among your gym buddies, then here’s a way you can dry scoop creatine. However, it’s not a proven way, just an experience.
- Take a sip of water. It will lubricate your mouth, gum, teeth, and throat. That way, the dry powder won’t get stuck.
- Take enough water to clear your throat. That way, there won’t be any risk of inhaling dry powder into your airways.
- Don’t breathe while the powder is in your mouth. That’ll make you cough and waste the whole scoop.
- Don’t mix it with other supplements. That’ll make it more dry and impossible to get it through.
I was successfully able to take a scoop of dry creatine this way. But, didn’t notice any significant difference while taking creatine with water. Hence, once again, I wouldn’t recommend it anyway.
What Can You Do Instead of Dry Scooping Creatine?
There are a whole lot of things you can do instead of dry scooping creatine. Here are a few examples.
Of course, it will be the first thing that’ll come to your mind. It’s the most common and easiest way you can intake creatine. Just take your daily dose, mix it with water, and take it down your system.
Mixed with Protein Powder
You can mix Creatine and Protein Shakes. It’ll be a Power-Packed Combo for your muscle growth. But it’s essential to use the recommended dosage.
It can be more cost-effective as well.
Mix with Fruit Juices
To make taking creatine more enjoyable, mix it with pure fruit juice such as orange or grape juice. The natural sugars in the juice can also improve creatine absorption.
Try mixing creatine with beet juice. It may not taste as good as orange juice but it has folate, fiber, copper, magnesium, and potassium. It can benefit your overall health.
Mix it Milk
Milk can be a good option for those who want to avoid sugar. It will allow faster creatine absorption into the body while providing additional calories and macronutrients.
You can also mix creatine with oats, making it more healthy.
Do you have to brush your teeth after taking creatine?
Since the product contains HCL, you either have to use the pill makers, as mentioned in another review, or brush your teeth right after taking it. Or you’ll end up stripping enamel over time.
How much water should I drink with creatine?
6-8 cups of water are the average drinking amount when out of training. However, when supplementing with creatine, you should drink an additional 8-10 cups of water daily, or slightly more, depending on your exercise regimen.
I have seen one of my gym buddies almost see the light on the other side due to excessive coughing and inflammation. He wasn’t showing off, just trying to try something new. He was admitted to the hospital for a very long time.
Dry scooping creatine is nothing but a bad idea if you can’t do it safely. Imagine it just like doing a 250-kgs bench press. One wrong angle, and you can lose any limb or limbs.
Take your healthcare or gym instructor’s advice even before taking creatine. Don’t try to show off yourself as an alpha by risking your life. It is not worth it.
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I started my professional career as a sports medicine consultant in Rola, Missouri. My primary role was to suggest suitable supplements for my patients according to their pre-existing conditions and lifestyle goals. I believe a healthy lifestyle is the most important if you want to make your life really meaningfull.