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Here's Why Some People 'Dry Scoop' Their Supplement Powder

Updated: Aug 10

Dry scooping is the act of taking powdered supplements by scooping powder out of the tub and pouring it straight into your mouth.

Usually, followed by a gulp or two of a drink. It's becoming more common, especially for pre-workout supplements.

It is easier, more convenient, and may increase effectiveness of the supplement when it is dry-scooped. However, it is not a good idea for everybody to do this and it may increase the risk of adverse effects and overdosing.

People dry scoop supplements for a couple of reasons, as explained further down.

To Avoid Diluting the Powder

One reason people take the powder without mixing it first is to avoid diluting the supplement with water. They want it to perform quickly and effectively for a high-intensity exercise.

When its taken in straight powder form with a little bit of liquid it will enter the body quicker, in higher concentrations, and be absorbed quicker.

dry scooping supplement powder

Easier & More Convenient

The powder gets in the stomach quickly and easily so they don't have to keep drinking it or carrying a bottle around with them throughout the workout.

They'll be carrying two bottles, one for the supplements and another if they use a water bottle as well.

Is It Safe to Dry Scoop?

Taking supplements in this manner is typically safe, but one should be used to consuming supplements in this way as the dosages will be more concentrated and kick in faster.

However, there are risks to this practice, including the following.

  • Risk of overdosing supplements, particularly caffeine

  • Irritation of the stomach and intestines

  • Possible dehydration

For individuals who aren't used to it, consuming supplements at higher concentration at once, along with a fast-paced exercise, might result in nausea, stomach discomfort, and vomiting.

If you do this, make sure you avoid dry scooping on an empty stomach, and drink plenty of water or juice afterwards.


The information provided in this article is not intended to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the guidance of a physician or other competent professional before following advice or taking any supplement. See our terms and conditions.

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