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Why You Should Drink a Protein Shake After a Workout

One of the best ways to get the amount of pro­tein that your diet requires is through sol­id food, but as I am sure many ath­letes would agree, it is not always easy to get all of their pro­tein though sol­id foods. Espe­cial­ly when you car­ry out a full time job and don’t always have time to pre­pare meals, through which to get your pro­tein. This is where pro­tein shakes have their place. All you need is a qual­i­ty whey pro­tein pow­der, a shak­er, and some water, and you’ll always have enough pro­tein at your fin­ger­tips to fuel your muscles!

The Benefits

So why is it that so many body­builders take pro­tein shakes? Well, pro­tein is used for the pro­duc­tion of mus­cles. Pro­teins are also used to man­u­fac­ture hor­mones, enzymes, cel­lu­lar mes­sen­gers, nucle­ic acids, and immune-sys­tem com­po­nents. With­out ade­quate pro­tein, our bod­ies can’t put togeth­er the struc­tures that make up every cell, tis­sue, and organ, nor can it gen­er­ate the bio­chem­i­cal sub­stances need­ed for car­dio­vas­cu­lar func­tion, mus­cle con­trac­tion, growth, and heal­ing. With­out an ade­quate amount of pro­tein our mus­cles would­n’t heal up as quickly.

Also, after a work­out is one of the best time to get pro­tein into the body so that the pro­tein can be deliv­ered to your mus­cles, to begin heal­ing the “micro tears” (very small tears in the mus­cle tis­sue, caused by intense con­trac­tion of the mus­cle dur­ing work­out) in the muscle.

Because sol­id food takes more time to digest and to break down the pro­tein and send it to the mus­cles, it can be best to take a pro­tein shake imme­di­ate­ly fol­low­ing a work­out, since pro­tein shakes only take about 30 min­utes to reach the mus­cle after inges­tion. Def­i­nite­ly, we can see the advan­tage to tak­ing a pro­tein shake in this instance.

Which Protein Is The Best Choice?

Whey pro­tein  has become a favorite sup­ple­ment for those seek­ing to put on mus­cle and enhance their physiques as well as improve their health. In order to deci­pher which pro­tein is best for a par­tic­u­lar need, typ­i­cal­ly one would use a spe­cif­ic gauge of some sort (e.g., pro­tein qual­i­ty tests) to deter­mine which pro­tein to use. The most com­mon­ly used cri­te­ria to mea­sure the qual­i­ty of a pro­tein is Bio­log­i­cal Val­ue (or BV for short), which is the amount of nitro­gen (body pro­tein in grams) replace­able by 100 grams of pro­tein in the adult diet.

Pro­teins with the high­est BV are con­sid­ered by many to be the best for pro­mot­ing growth, but this is an often dis­put­ed issue among sci­en­tists. How­ev­er, most sci­en­tists direct­ly involved with pro­tein research agree that the high­er the BV, the bet­ter the pro­tein is digest­ed, used, and retained in the body. This should equate into more lean tis­sue gained, all things being equal (i.e., calo­ries, exer­cise choice, etc.). It is, how­ev­er, a very com­pli­cat­ed top­ic not giv­en to such black and white answers.

Regard­less of your goals or gen­der, pro­tein should be regard­ed as a foun­da­tion­al nutri­ent of any nutri­tion  pro­gram it’s an essen­tial ingre­di­ent for achiev­ing opti­mal progress in physique enhance­ment and per­for­mance. It’s cer­tain­ly no secret that any per­son who is gen­er­al­ly active in sports and/or trains with weights or oth­er resis­tance will ben­e­fit from get­ting enough pro­tein. How­ev­er, even those who don’t body­build can find advan­tages to tak­ing in pro­tein. Many enjoy the anti-aging effects that a high pro­tein diet can result in. But the only way to find out how ben­e­fi­cial pro­tein can be for you, is to try it for yourself!