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Bodybuilders have long relied upon protein powders to insure they are getting high enough levels of amino acids that are necessary to build and repair muscle. Research has shown consuming protein powder everyday can boost immune system health, facilitate the healing of wounds after surgery or injury, and promote healthy skin, in addition to fostering muscle strength and development
The Human body needs to be supplemented with daily protein since there is no way to store excess protein, and it is what muscle and tissue are composed. The need for adequate protein is second only to the need for water.
Protein powders are an easy and convenient substitute for food sources of protein. They are generally made from five basic sources: whey, casein, egg, soy and rice. Each one has an appropriate time for usage depending on time it is to be taken, and purpose for using it. Combinations of these proteins are also common to derive all the benefits each one may offer.
Even if you are not a bodybuilder or athlete, starting your day with a protein shake can stabilize your blood sugar levels throughout the day, making it easier to control bodyweight and food cravings.


How do I use it?
Protein powders can be mixed with any liquid, most commonly milk, water, or juice

These are the optimal times of usage for the varying protein powders:
1. Postworkout- 30-50 grams whey protein isolate in a postworkout drink with 30-100 grams of carbs. Add 5-10 grams of glutamine and 3-5 grams of creatine for enhanced recovery from workouts. Do not mix with milk after training as this will slow digestion.
2. Bedtime- 25-40 grams.of a sustained release protein like casein. Sleep is when are body is repairing and recovering. Consuming protein before bed lessens the harmful effects of cortisol increases that can occur during sleep. Although whey is a good source of protein before bed, a sustained-release protein powder is better because the aminos will be released at more gradual rate over a period of 6-8 hours.
3. Morning- Immediately upon awakening. Your body has been fasting through the night and is in need of protein. If time restraints don't permit an egg white omelette, have an egg or whey protein shake, or mix some protein in a bowl of cooked oatmeal.
4. Mid-sleep (Optional)- This dosage is taken at usually 3:00-4:00 A.M., to keep our body in a constant anabolic state. Again this is optional, but if you wake up in the middle of the night, make the most of it. Casein/whey blends or ready to drink shakes are optimal for this purpose.

Very Important: Active individuals should consume 1 to 1.5 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight daily. Quality sources of protein other than protein powders include, fish, chicken breast, turkey breast, lean beef, eggs and low fat dairy.

Summary of Benefits of Protein Consumption
-Increased Muscle Growth
-Increased Strength and Endurance
-Increases Energy
-Increased Fat Loss (in combination with a sensible diet)
-Quicker Recovery Between Workouts
-Fortification of Immune System
-Appetite Control


Whey Protein

Whey is a natural, low lactose protein derived from cow's milk. It boasts the highest concentrations of branched chain amino acids (BCAA's) and Biological Value (BV) of all proteins. Aside from its benefits for fat loss, lean muscle gains, and appetite control, supplementation of whey protein, benefits the body's immune system and greatly enhances hormonal and cellular responses. Whether your goal is to build bigger muscles or trim and firm your body, whey protein should be your number one supplement!

How do I use it?
Whey protein can be mixed with any liquid, most commonly water, milk or juice.

Whey protein can be taken at the following times of the day in order of importance:

1.
Postworkout- 30-50 grams in a postworkout drink with 30-100 grams of carbs. Add 5-10 grams of glutamine and 3-5 grams of creatine for enhanced recovery from workouts. Do not mix with milk as this will slow digestion.

2.
Bedtime- 25-40 grams. Sleep is when we grow. Consuming protein before bed lessens the harmful fasting period that occurs when we sleep. Although whey is a good source of protein before bed, a sustained-release protein powder is better because it will feed your muscles for a longer period of time. If Whey is your only option, mix it with fibre and/or healthy fat to slow digestion. You may also mix it with another protein source like milk or cottage cheese.

3. Morning- Immediately upon awakening. Your body has been fasting through the night and is in need of protein. So if you don't have time for an omelette have a whey shake with your breakfast.

4. Mid-sleep (Optional)- This dosage is taken at usually 3:00-4:00 A.M., to keep our body in a constant anabolic drive. Again this is optional, but if you wake up in the middle of the night, make the most of it. Ready-to-drink shakes are great for this.

Summary of Benifits
- Increased Muscle Growth
- Increased Strength and Endurance
- Increased Fat Loss (in combination with a sensible diet)

- Quicker Recovery Between Workouts
- Fortification of Immune System
- Appetite Control

Complementary Products
- Glutamine
- Creatine
- Sustained-Released Protein Powder (they are time-released and are a good protein source for before bed)
- Digestive Enzynes (For maximum absorption)
- Multi-Vitamin/Multi-Mineral & Flax Oil