Your Guide to Protein Shakes
Protein is one of the three macronutrients that is essential to our bodies. While there are many ways of getting protein, one of the most common in the fitness industry is through protein powders. Maybe you’ve had a protein shake after a workout because you already understand the benefits… Maybe you just did because thats what you’re told to do… Maybe you didn’t because you don’t know why you should… Whatever the case may be, we are going to break it down to facts so you can refuel and refresh your body the right way after a workout!
First, get to know the main different types of protein:
- Whey- the most common, ideal for after a workout because it is absorbed quickly by the body
- Casein- highest in glutamine which is an amino acid that helps the body recover, but it is the slowest to digest (most people take it before bed)
- Soy- popular among vegans and vegetarians, full of amino acids!
- Egg- lactose and dairy free
- Pea- similar to soy and egg, contains arginine which is an amino acid that helps with muscle growth
- Hemp- great vegan and vegetarian option, contains all amino acids
Why is protein important?
Protein produces muscle growth. That alone is why it’s important! Our bodies would be unable to put together the makeup of our cells, tissues and organs without protein. Getting the right amount of protein is vey important for muscle recovery and can help prevent the risk of injuries.
When is the best time to drink a protein shake?
To be perfectly honest, it really depends on YOUR body. However, research shows that after a workout is considered the best time to drink a protein shake because protein helps your muscles recover and heal from the micro tears that occur during a workout. Generally, drinking a protein shake within 30 minutes after completing a workout is a quicker way for the body to absorb it than by eating solid food due to digestion time.
Additionally you can drink a shake as a meal replacement. I like to grab one in the morning and start my day off by fueling my body right.
How does drinking a protein shake benefit me other than quick recovery?
- You will more than likely hit your protein goal for the day. This is a big one, especially for vegetarians and vegans who tend to have less solid food protein options.
- Fat loss!! If that’s not motivation enough, I don’t know what is. Since protein helps you feel full longer, you are less likely to eat when you aren’t hungry!
- Lowers Your Cholesterol, blood pressure and reduces your risk of heart disease.
- Helps build your immune system! Bye-Bye cold and flu season.
Where can I get a shake?
LUCKY YOU! We have a shake bar right in HealthPlex! We use delicious Swiig protein powders and have numerous shake options to choose from! What are you waiting for?
- NASAM Fitness Nutrition Specialist Course