5 Reasons Why Protein Shakes are Great

May 8, 2017 by  
Filed under The Fitness Bug

Protein is one of the key nutrients our body needs every day for proper health and wellness. Protein is used in the body to build and repair tissues, make enzymes and hormones and is an important ingredient in the building of muscles, skin, blood and cartilage.

Like fat and carbohydrates, protein is considered a macronutrient that your body needs every day, but unlike fat and carbohydrates your body can’t store protein so it needs a fresh supply every day. Protein shakes are a great way of replenishing this vital nutrient every day. Here are 5 reasons why protein shakes are great.

1. Portable

There are a lot of ways to get a good, healthy serving of protein, but most of them require a knife, a fork and a plate. There are a wide variety of pre-packaged protein shakes that you can just grab and drink on the run. Since they don’t require refrigeration until after they are opened, you can keep a few in your gym bag to consume after your workout, regardless of whether you are exercising indoors or outdoors under the hottest summer sun.

2. Good blend of protein and carbohydrates

Like most things in life, too much of a good thing is not a good thing. While there are hugely important benefits to protein; fats and carbohydrates are also still important nutritional components that we need every day. Good nutrition consists of an appropriate balance of fats, carbohydrates and protein to meet your specific and individual protein needs.

For various reasons, however, some people need higher protein and fewer carbohydrates, while other people need higher carbohydrates and lower protein. How much protein you need depends a great deal on how active your lifestyle is and other health issues such as high or low blood pressure or high or low blood sugar.

In addition, you may want to drink a protein shake that is high in carbs and low in protein before a workout when you need energy the most and follow your workout up with a shake that is high in protein and low in carbs to help your body recover and replenish.

Make sure you are getting the right kind of shake for your needs. Today’s protein shakes offer a good, healthy mix of fats, proteins and carbohydrates to meet a wide variety of nutritional needs.

3. Aid in a wide variety of medical conditions

From hypoglycemia to diabetes to bodybuilding, different people need to monitor their protein and carbohydrate intake for various reasons. There are a wide variety of protein shakes that address different issues that help people achieve different health and physical fitness goals. The elderly also have very different nutritional needs from younger people, and there are even protein shakes specifically
designed to help the elderly get the critical nutrition they need in exactly the right balances and blends.

4. Different kinds of protein for different needs

Just like some people are sensitive to the gluten in wheat products and the lactose in dairy, different people have different reactions to different kinds of protein. Just like with bread and dairy products, however, there are a wide range of products on the market that help people get the protein they need in a form they can handle. Just a few of the different types of protein available for protein shakes are
whey, egg, casein and soy. There are also a number of vegetarian proteins like pea and even hemp protein.

5. Better than a vending machine

In many offices, the only available food options are ordering takeout or hitting the vending machine. When it comes to ordering a full meal, there are plenty of healthy takeout options available. While vending machines are starting to carry a better selection of healthy options like granola bars and nuts or trail mix, they still tend to be high carbohydrate/ low protein options.

The great thing about protein shakes is that you can keep a 4-pack of pre-packaged shakes in your desk drawer, or keep some protein powder and fresh fruit in your drawer to whip up a quick protein shake in a single-serving blender. Single serving blenders tend to be small and portable, so you can even whip up a quick shake without even leaving your desk.

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One Response to “5 Reasons Why Protein Shakes are Great”
  1. Jason Roy says:

    It’s wonderful! Articles, Amazing!

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