What is the purpose of protein shakes?
These days, it seems like there are more and more bodybuilders taking in more protein in some form or another. Just walk around the local grocery store, and you’ll likely find an assortment of protein-enriched cereals and even “high”-protein oatmeal. Whether the type of protein is soy, whey, casein, or milk… it’s all about one thing: protein.
Of course, one of the best ways to get the amount of protein that your diet requires is through solid food, but as I am sure many bodybuilders would agree, it is not always easy to get all of their protein through solid foods. Especially when you carry out a full-time job and don’t always have time to prepare meals, through which to get your protein.
This is where protein shakes have their place. All you need is a quality whey protein powder, a shaker bottle, and some water, and you’ll always have enough protein at your fingertips to fuel your muscles!
So why is it that so many bodybuilders take protein shakes? Well, protein is used for the production of muscles. Proteins are also used to manufacture hormones, enzymes, cellular messengers, nucleic acids, and immune-system components. Without adequate protein, our bodies can’t put together the structures that make up every cell, tissue, and organ, nor can it generate the biochemical substances needed for cardiovascular function, muscle contraction, growth, and healing. Without an adequate amount of protein our muscles wouldn’t heal up as quickly and could therefore lead to overtraining your muscle which could lead to injury.
Also, after a workout is one of the best time to get protein into the body so that the protein can be delivered to your muscles, to begin healing the “micro tears” (very small tears in the muscle tissue, caused by intense contraction of the muscle during workout) in the muscle.
Because solid food takes more time to digest and to break down the protein and send it to the muscles, it can be best to take a protein shake immediately following a workout, since protein shakes only take about 30 minutes to reach the muscle after ingestion. Definitely, we can see the advantage to taking a protein shake in this instance.