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Adding protein after a workout is a popular practice among athletes and body builders but, in fact, protein is an important part of everyone’s diet. Protein helps support a healthy immune system and is a vital component in repairing damage to the body, whether it’s a nagging injury or chronic feelings of fatigue.
However, there is a valid reason behind the stereotype of gym junkies shaking up a protein drink following a workout. When you exercise, especially when weight training, you are actually causing micro-tears in the muscle fibers. Protein is essential for the recovery of these muscles and muscle growth, if that’s your goal.
Proteins are an important part of building muscles, organs, bones, enzymes, immune cells and many hormones—and one of the most important parts of your diet if you are looking to develop lean muscle mass and shed fat.
However, protein’s role in muscle mass is often misunderstood. Many people think that the 30 grams of protein in their post-workout shake is directly used by their body to form new proteins and muscle mass. This is not the case.
What makes the difference is the amino acids found in the protein. Each protein source is made up of different amounts of amino acids. Further, each protein source has a different percentage of its amino acids that can actually be used to build body protein.
In fact, many people don’t realize that much of the proteins that we eat are turned into carbohydrates and either used for fuel or stored as fat. However, while fats, protein and carbohydrates can all be used by the body as an energy source, only protein can provide the essential amino acids required to build essential body protein.
The protein in food is made up of amino acids that are strung together in the same structure—picture beads on a chain. When you consume and digest protein, the amino acids found in this particular protein are released and absorbed into the body. Some of these amino acids are then used by the body to build new proteins, like those used to repair torn muscles and build new muscle.
However, only amino acids that are available in the correct proportions can be used to build body protein. If you examine whey protein, only 16% of the amino acids are used to build proteins in the body. This means that the remaining 84% of the amino acids are not used to build protein, but rather become a source of extra calories! This makes finding a protein source with an optimally balanced formula of essential amino acids key to maximizing the efficiency of your protein intake.
Essential amino acids are the building blocks of protein. When consumed in ideal proportions, you maximize the protein’s utilization in your body.
After years of research, it is now possible to provide a protein source that is composed of the ideal balance of the eight essential amino acids, from which 99% of the amino acids can be used by the body to build new protein.
BodyHealth’s PerfectAmino® contains the eight amino acids the body needs to support optimized protein intake and utilization by the body.*
Together with a strategic exercise program and balanced diet, you’ll be able to watch your body transform with the support of balanced amino acids that maximize your protein intake.*
Growth Hormone (GH or HGH) is a key hormone that helps us build muscle and burn fat.
Your muscles are made of cells that have been fused together into muscle fibers. And on the outside of these fibers are things called satellite cells.
When you work out you damage cells in the muscle fibers. To fix this, your body releases Growth Hormone, Growth Factors (other hormones) and Testosterone. These tell the satellite cells to start replicating to both repair and replace damaged cells in the muscle, and also to add more cells, increasing the muscle fibers in size.
If your cells are taking in less sugar because they’re resisting insulin knocking at their door to let in sugar, then the cells have less energy to work with.
That sugar is there, and insulin is happily converting it to fat, but your cells aren’t getting it so of course they’re hungry and will keep telling you to eat more until they finally get some.
I’ve been asked many times about the one vitamin or supplement a person needs for good health, about this or that diet, about going Vegan or going Carnivore, and much more.
So I wanted to take a moment to look at some things here. Not the pros and cons of different diets or the importance of one vitamin over another, but instead — how you can determine what is right for you.