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Supplementation 101 – Protein

Just wanted to touch on base supplementation and the importance of it. I will let you in on the “what, why, when and how’s” to supplementation in due time but I want to stick to the basics for the minute.

The most frequent question people ask me is “should I take protein and why”? And the answer to this question is yes, if you’re training intensely 3-5 times per week whether it be Gym, football, rugby, gaelic. Essentially, when you train the muscles in your body get damaged, this is a shock for your body and in order to repair these muscles, protein is needed as fast as possible after a workout.

This is where whey protein comes into play. It is the fastest acting/assimilating post-workout protein that we can avail of. This whey protein will target your broken down muscle and start the repair of the muscle ready for your next workout. I would also use whey at meals where I may not be able to get the amount of protein needed in my diet such as breakfast. Also I use it as a snack with some nuts/dried fruit in between meals to sustain MPS (muscle protein synthesis or repair of muscle fibres)  by feeding my body in small amounts but regular and often.

A lot of people shy away from protein and think it’s only for gym junkies but it has so many added benefits to anyone who takes it, such as helps repair body cells, muscles and bones, has some anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous properties, aids in weight loss when dieting.

Someone told me when I first started training and started asking questions about protein : Remember little miss muffet sat on her tuffet?… Eating her ……? Curds and Whey… ; There are long-standing health benefits of curds and whey. Curds are a dairy product that comes from coagulating milk and whey is the liquid remaining after the curdle has been strained. So there is nothing to worry about ; Whey protein comes from cow’s milk, is a rich source of the body’s essential amino acids, is digested and absorbed and is the most nutritious protein available.

I’m going to leave it at that and I hope this helps answer some of the questions you may have about supplementation. 

“Demand more from yourself than anyone else could ever expect.”
Anthony Robbins