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Fitness, Health, Motivation — May 25, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Drinking Milk after a Workout

Milk is the healthiest beverage, no doubt about it. An there is no doubt at all when it is combined with physical activity. Drinking milk after a workout in the gym, or after any type of recreational physical activity will do nothing else, put positive benefits.


So what does the milk contain – A single cup of milk contains 8 to 11 grams of protein, 20 to 25 grams of carbohydrates and 300 to 400 mg of calcium. All of these are considered as a healthy injection in your bloodstream with more than just one purpose.

After a workout, the muscles are tired and need something to repair them, the carbohydrates in the milk is capable of restoring the muscle glycogen quicker and efficient. Cow milk contains 80% casein protein and 20 % of whey protein; while the casein protein is responsible for the hastiness of the amino acids in the muscles, the whey protein takes care of the digestion in a slower paste allowing the amino acids to be in function a longer period of time.

Calcium’s role takes place in a so-called “power stroke” – a situation when a single muscle fiber creates tension through a pattern of cross-bridge cycling, thus allowing performance of a contradiction. Calcium connects the plasma membrane and is the first in line to simulating the power stroke.

Ever since we are born, milk is part of our nutrition for a good reason. It is a nectar which the body welcomes any time it is consumed. When it comes to post-weight lifting in the gym, think of a glass of milk, or chocolate milk if you like, as your energy restore potion; a food for the hard working muscles.

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