Why whey protein and what does it do for your body?
We will discuss that in this article, but first some background information about proteins in general.
Whey protein is the most efficient, the most popular and therefore the most widely used protein supplement available. To understand why, you first have to understand what proteins do for our body. Protein is a very important nutrient - it is essential for our health. Besides water, protein is the most abundant organic substance in the human body. Proteins are the building blocks from which our body is built: our hair, skin, muscles, connective tissues and so on. It repairs, maintains and builds our muscles and connective tissues. In short: without protein, we would not be able to function.
In general, we get protein from our diet. Protein can be found (in varying amounts) in meat, fish, chicken, dairy, legumes, beans, and some fruits and vegetables, among others. That means that we consume protein from different sources every day. However, the question is whether we get enough proteins and whether we pay attention to where these proteins come from.
If you exercise a lot, have an active job, or lead a lifestyle in which you are physically active most of the day, the body's need for protein increases. The muscles are put under more strain or even overloaded. In order to recover, get stronger or grow, the muscles require more protein than when they are at rest. Your protein requirement will therefore increase and you will have to eat more to get enough protein.
If you are consciously training to become faster or stronger, to develop muscle mass or to maintain muscle mass, you should adjust your protein intake accordingly. An easy way to do that is with whey protein. By means of a protein shake, mixing whey protein with your breakfast or as a tasty snack, you ensure that you get enough protein for your lifestyle and training goals.
What exactly is whey protein?
Whey protein powder is made from milk. The liquid that remains during cheese production is the basis. This liquid is also called liquid whey. This liquid is filtered, heated and dried until a nice powder remains. Many producers add other ingredients to this, which does not always benefit the protein shake or your health, but we will come back to that later.
The benefits of whey protein
Why specific whey protein is so popular among athletes is mainly due to the fact that the protein content of whey is very high, about 80% or more. In addition, it is very easily absorbed by the body. After taking a whey protein shake, the first proteins will enter the bloodstream after about 20 minutes. Your muscles will quickly be supplied with the necessary building materials. Especially after a heavy workout it can be very useful to take a whey shake.
Whey also makes you feel full for longer and helps stabilize your energy and focus by balancing your blood sugar levels. That means more satiety - and a reduced need for carbohydrates!
In addition to making you feel good and function at your best, protein can also help you lose weight while preserving muscle tissue. Because the more muscle mass your body has, the more efficient it becomes at burning fat.
Getting enough protein is a problem that many people who regularly to many sports experience. Whey protein offers a good handle to quickly get enough protein. Whey is absorbed well and easily by the muscles and stimulates muscle building, muscle maintenance and muscle recovery.
There are many different whey protein powders on the market. Be careful which one you take because in many cases the cheapest are certainly not the best. Look closely at the ingredients list and consider whether you are dealing with a reliable producer. The best quality proteins are rich in nutrients and do not contain harmful ingredients such as refined sugars and artificial additives (eg aspartame, sucralose, sorbitol, saccharin), soy, wheat gluten, lecithin, preservatives and inferior proteins.
Ekopura offers only pure and healthy protein powders and therefore only uses organic ingredients that are guaranteed to be pure and clean. The result: protein that is free of artificial and unnecessary additives and that is produced with respect for humans, animals and nature.
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