Why you need protein for post-exercise recovery

Whether you work out hard twice a day or hardly twice a week, your muscles will need to recover from whatever form of exercise you choose. You’re probably already aware that protein is needed as part of good nutrition to help build and repair your muscles after exercise. But why is this?

Protein is an essential nutrient in your diet. It is made up of 20 amino acids, of which your body can adequately produce 11 that are non-essential. However, you need to get the other nine essential amino acids from food. The protein you eat or drink is broken down into the individual amino acids and rebuilt as new protein, in a process called biosynthesis.

How does biosynthesis help in post-exercise recovery?

The process of biosynthesis is essential for healing wounds and repairing tissue, including your muscles. So when your muscles are tired after a workout, consuming a source of protein can aid your recovery. And of course, the faster you recover, the sooner your body will be fit for its next session, and the closer you could be to achieving your personal best!

That’s why experts recommend, soon after exercise, that you consume good-quality protein in combination with carbohydrates to help replenish muscle fuel stores and rehydrate.

So what’s the best way to incorporate protein in your post-exercise recovery?

Re-fuel with protein which can come from many different foods in the diet. Eating a variety of wholegrains, lean protein, legumes, nuts, and dairy or soy beverages are key for exercise recovery.

Here’s some quick foods that can help your post-exercise recovery

How does Sanitarium PB help with muscle recovery?

Sanitarium PB is a great tasting protein drink containing 32g of protein to help muscle recovery after your workout, as part of a balanced diet. It contains a balanced blend of milk and plant proteins- whey, soy and casein. This means that the combination of milk and plant proteins in Sanitarium PB contains all the essential amino acids.

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