Why whey protein and what does it do for your body?
That’s what we’re focussing on in this article but first you need to know some background information about protein in general. If you feel you already know enough you can scroll down.
Whey protein is the most efficient, the most loved and because of that also the most used protein supplement you can buy. To understand why, you need to know the basics of protein and what it does for the human body.
Protein is a very important nutrient – it is essential for our health. Next to water protein is the most common organic substance in the human body. Proteins are the building blocks from which our bodies are made: our hair, skin, muscles, tissues etc. It is the most important nutrient in building, recovering and maintaining our muscles and tissues. In short, without protein we couldn’t exist.
We take our protein from our diets. Protein can be found in meat, fish, chicken, dairy, legumes, beans and some fruit and vegetables. Although in different quantities. This means we are consuming protein on a daily basis from different sources.
The question is, do we consume sufficient protein on a daily basis and do we pay attention to the origin of our protein.
If you do a lot of sports, have an active job or a lifestyle in which you are physically active for most of the day, the protein requirement of your body will increase. The muscles are being challenged or even overloaded. To recover, become stronger or grow, your muscles are asking for additional protein. Your protein requirement will increase depending on the amount of physical activity. You will have to eat more to reach the amount of protein your body needs.
If you are training consciously to become stronger or faster, to build or maintain muscles or loose weight then you have to pay attention to your protein intake. It will need to be adjusted according to your specific needs. An easy way to add additional protein to your diet is by using whey protein powder. By means of a protein shake, the addition of whey protein to your breakfast or by using it as an in between snack. In this way you will make sure you consume enough protein in a day in order for you to support your lifestyle and training goals.
What is Whey protein?
Whey protein is made from milk. The basis for the protein powder is liquid whey. To make whey, the milk is separated into cloth (which is used to make cheese) and liquid whey which basically contains the major part of the protein which is present in milk. The liquid whey is filtered, heated and dried until a nice and smooth powder remains. Many producers add other ingredients to the powder to make it sweet, give it color or better mixable. In general this does not always benefit the protein shake or your health but we will come back on this subject later on.
The advantages of whey protein
Why whey protein in particular is so popular amongst athletes is mainly due to the fact that the protein content is very high, about 80% for a whey concentrate or 90% for a whey isolate. Next to that whey protein is very easily absorbed by the human body. After drinking a whey protein shake the first proteins will enter your bloodstream in about 20 minutes. Your muscles will quickly receive their needed building blocks. Especially after a heavy training it can be handy to take a whey protein shake to make sure your muscle don’t run short on protein.
Additional benefits are that whey protein will give you a satisfied feeling over a longer period. Also it helps to stabilize your energy and focus due to balancing of your blood sugar levels. That means more saturation and less carbohydrate cravings!
Next to the fact that you feel good and can function at your best, protein can also help to loose weight while maintaining muscle tissue. The more muscles you have, the more efficient the fat burning process will work. The reason why is that muscles burn more energy (calories) than other tissues in the human body even when they are resting.
Insufficient protein intake is a problem that many people have that do sports on a regular to frequent basis. Whey protein offers a good solution to fulfill this need in an easy manner. Whey is absorbed quickly and easily by the body and stimulates muscle recovery, muscle growth and muscle retention.
There are many different types of whey protein out there on the market. Pay close attention to which one you choose because in many cases the cheapest option isn’t always the best choice. Carefully check the ingredient lists and closely consider if your are dealing with a trustworthy producer.
The best quality proteins are rich in nutrients and do not contain harmful ingredients like refined sugars or artificial additives (ie. aspartame, sorbitol, sacharine), soy, gluten, lecithin, preservatives or inferior protein sources.
Ekopura therefore only offers pure, healthy and natural protein powders made from organic ingredients that are guaranteed to be clean and pure. The result is protein that is free from unhealthy and unnecessary additives. Next to that our proteins have been produced with respect for people, animals and nature to create a stronger world.
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