June 11, 2014
Post Workout Muscle Recovery!
Do you know why people drink protein after a workout?
There are different types of protein drinks out there, you need to find one that fits for you! First you need to make the choice between animal source protein (whey is the most common) and vegetable source protein (soy or hemp is popular in the vegetarian/vegan community). Whey protein is often recommended because it is easily digestible and helps build lean muscle as well as aiding in a healthy immune system and MANY other reasons.
Top reason to ingest a protein shake after working out is its aiding in muscle recovery. When you workout, depending on your intensity, you are creating microscopic tears in your muscles (NORMAL!). Because of the protein and carbohydrates being used to fuel your muscles, you are going to need to replenish your body ASAP after a workout! Here is where the protein shake comes in! Because the whey protein is easily digestible, it hits your bloodstream about 30 minutes after drinking it, this means those proteins and carbohydrates are going right into healing and growing those muscles after their workout.
I also drink aminos before/during/after my workout. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein! Your body turns all protein into amino acids and this is how they travel through your body. BCAA's (branched chain amino acids) are recommended for people who workout because they are the aminos that manufacture, repair and maintain muscle tissue. Read more on amino acids here.
If you are feeling tired and sore after a workout and haven't started drinking a protein shake yet, now is the time to try it! Build some lean muscle while recovering and providing your body with the macronutrients it needs to be healthy and strong!
(note my almonds- eat your fats people!)