Muscle recovery drinks

Author: Preeti DesaiPosted on 04-07-2014

Any exercise routine tends to deplete your body of important nutrients, water plus energy.

Exercise increases the breakdown in muscle protein and depletes glycogen, which is what the muscles use for energy. The nutritional goal post exercise is to replenish the glycogen stores and to encourage protein synthesis.

Opting for a recovery drink that has the right types of nutrients at the right time post your workout helps replenish some nutrients and rehydrates you to a certain extent.

Should muscle recovery drinks contain carbohydrates?


Muscle glycogen is used to fuel any physical activity or exercise and you need to restore muscle glycogen immediately post exercise.

Natural juices, milkshakes, soups post workout provide easy to absorb carbs, replenish fluid loss plus replace calcium and potassium. Protein rich liquids like milk, yogurt or soup (beans, chicken) help repair damaged muscles as well as hydrate them.

Should muscle recovery drinks contain protein?


It is a well know fact that protein recovery drinks stimulate muscle repair, recovery plus boost the next performance. Processed protein drinks may contain whey protein or casein or soy.

Try homemade protein drinks by mixing milk or yogurt or soymilk or protein powder with added nutrients and flavor like fresh fruits (bananas, berries) or nuts (almonds, walnuts).

Should muscle recovery drinks contain carbohydrates and protein?


You need both carbohydrates and protein post workout and for help restore depleted glycogen stores and to rebuild damaged muscle tissue.

Chocolate milk or fresh fruit smoothie or chicken and veggie soup are good examples of effective carbohydrate plus protein liquid snacks.

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