Rest & Recovery - Protein, Amino Acids, Fluids & Electrolytes
As every athlete knows, a speedy recovery after exercise is essential to being ready to go for the next workout. 24 hours – or an hour or less in the case of an athlete in competition – isn’t a lot of time to replenish the body’s stores of necessary nutrients.
In our research, around 40% of consumers that use post-workout products responded that they use beverages (RTD and RTM) and protein bars to recover from exercise.7
Popular nutrients associated with exercise recovery include protein, amino acids, fluids and electrolytes. Protein is a critical nutrient in supporting muscle recovery, since intense resistance or endurance exercise can speed protein breakdown. This can lead to prolonged muscle soreness and fatigue. High-quality protein provides the amino acids needed to support the process of muscle protein synthesis and enhance net protein balance. It can also be beneficial to add amino acids on their own like the branch-chain amino acids (BCAAs) – leucine, isoleucine and valine – for speedy recovery. Leucine is particularly popular for triggering the protein synthesis process.
Also essential to exercise recovery is proper hydration through sufficient intake of water and electrolytes. The University of Florida recognized this in 1965 when Gatorade was born. The researchers found that their football players were losing electrolytes in their sweat, upsetting the body’s balance.10 Electrolytes, including sodium, chloride, potassium, magnesium, and calcium, play key roles in maintaining fluid balance, which is why they’re an essential part of proper hydration.
Glanbia Ingredient Spotlight
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