What kind of post workout supplements should we take?

After a long and exhausting training session we need to minimize muscle recovery and replenish glycogen reserves.

The type of nutrients chosen during this anabolic window is very important, the period lasts around 100 minutes starting from the end of the workout, this is when muscle tissue behaves like a sponge absorbing everything available in order to replenish itself and start the protein synthesis process.

The shaker looks like the best method available, practical and quick. But what should it contain?

PROTEINS AND CARBOHYDRATES

Huge amounts of protein cannot usually be absorbed by the body, this is why it’s recommended to take 30 to 35 g in addition to some probiotics or pineapple stem, if possible.

This last mentioned ingredient contains bromelain, an enzyme that facilitates digestion and protein absorption.

Obviously we are talking about whey proteins, which have high organic values and the best bcaa quantities. Known as the fast proteins.

Glutamine

This amino-acid, together with branch type ones, becomes very important at the end of the workout even if usually it becomes scarce by then. It increases water quantities within cells and increases nutrients as well as glycogen levels. This favours the anabolic cellular processes.

Creatinea

To maximize cellular volume and to replenish atp reserves, 3-5 g of creatine monohydrate are necessary.

Carbohydrates

they are needed to replenish glycogen reserves, if we don’t supplement our body, it will stock up on its own!

How? It will use muscle tissue to create glucose!

Usually between 35 to 70 g of glucose are used to reach a high insulin peak and quickly nourish cells, quantities our shaker can easily contain. If dextrose is also made available, nutrients will be carried even more quickly.

In summary our shaker should contain:

400ml of water

30 – 35 g of whey proteins

5 – 10 g of L-glutamine

30 – 100 g of glucose

3 – 5 g of creatine

35 – 70 g of glucose or dextrose according to the individuals somatotype

Pineapple stem and probiotics to help nutrient absorption.

This is recommended to achieve immediate nurishment, let’s not undermine the importance of food during this phase, after training always eat a solid meal made up of: highly-value proteins (eggs, fish, meat), rice or potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

Every moment is important, don’t neglect any details!

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