Protein powders – what you need to know
If you’re serious about getting in the best shape you can through a great diet and steady workout routine, you know that supplementation can go a long way to helping you reach your fitness goals. If you’re just starting out on the serious workout journey, congrats and welcome!
When it comes to supplementation, you’ve probably heard of (or even started using) protein powders, most likely in the form of protein shakes. A popular nutritional supplement, you can buy protein powder at most health or nutrition stores (and we just have to say that ours in the best!). While you do get soy and casein protein powders, we firmly believe that whey is the best version – a water-soluble milk protein, it dissolves easily, tastes good, and is a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids.
You can mix your protein powder with water, add it to flavoured fluids such as milk or coconut water, or blend it up as part of a healthy smoothie. However you have it, we suggest you go for 100% pure whey protein powder to make sure you’re getting the good stuff.
The benefits of protein powders as a supplement
1. Building new muscle
If you’re just starting out in your new workout routine, you’ll require more protein than your average dietary intake probably allows to ensure you actually build new muscle. Protein powders are a convenient, sure-fire way to get that protein in.
2. Taking your workout to the next level
Are you already a fitness warrior but have decided to go professional or take your workout up a notch for a competition or sporting event? Protein powders can help you get that extra protein boost you need.
3. Supporting your recovery
Recovering from a sports injury? Or a really tough workout? An increased protein intake can help you to recover faster and more efficiently. Protein shakes have two major benefits – build new muscle and speed up recovery, and you can take them anywhere, any time.
4. Acting as a real meal replacement
If you find yourself on the run first thing in the morning and you’re not able to whip up breakfast, a protein powder based super shake can be the perfect answer to your must-have breakfast needs. Add vegetables, fruits, or some healthy fats to the mix and you’ve got a meal replacement to be proud of.
5. Helping you go vegan
If you’ve invested in a food lifestyle change like going vegan, you’re going to have to give your body essential proteins (normally gained through eating meat, chicken, and fish) in a different way. A word to the wise – if you do drastically change your diet or decide to go big with protein powders and other supplements, always consult a dietician or your coach to make sure you are doing more good than harm. Focus on diet first and supplementation as support. Excessive amounts of protein taken in an unbalanced fashion can be hard on your kidneys and liver.
When it comes to buying the right protein powders for your needs, do your research and make sure you buy from a reputable supplier (like the team at Muscle Wellness!) that invests in top quality, safe products, made with the finest quality ingredients.
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