It’s a common misconception that it’s solely men, building muscle that need added protein.
However, for men and women alike, protein is needed not only to build muscle but also to maintain and spare the muscle you have from being broken down (catabolism) and being used elsewhere.
Muscle gives your body shape, fat is what softens your contours. So it’s very simple; If you don’t eat sufficient protein, you will lose shape and strength.
Adding a Protein Supplement or consuming more protein based foods will help limit the loss of your hard earned muscle.
But consuming more food can be impractical for some, so to avoid a Catabolic State, protein powders can be a great solution.
Protein Powder Considerations
There are so many protein powder supplements out there that contain ingredients which are, believe it or not, bad for your health.
The supplements industry are starting to exclude toxic ingredients due to consumer pressure but I would definitely advise you read the ingredients labels and follow my following recommendations.
Avoid artificial ingredients
Artificial sweeteners are one of the worst ingredients, so I highly recommend you stay away from:
Stay away from all sources of Soya.
Soya proteins are a bad choice because, due to the fact they can disrupt hormones by mimicking oestrogen, known as phytoestrogens.
Soya foods and soya protein can also cause all sorts of other problems such as digestion issues and the blocking of mineral uptake.
They also contain high levels of aluminium which is toxic to the nervous system and the kidneys.
I passionately avoid soya for so many additional reasons.
I personally get most of my protein from food generally, though if I’ve not had time to prepare meals or I feel like I need a little more, I will selectively use different protein supplements.
I’m a big fan of plant based proteins because they are easier to digest and assimilate, which means there is less of a challenge placed on the digestive system and for most people I help, this is a must in terms of cutting down stress in the initial stages of working with me.
Dairy or Animal Proteins
I’m not against dairy and animal based protein, it’s just they tend to be harder work for the body to digest and utilise, they can also cause higher levels of acid and where Whey Concentrate (which is Whey with nothing taken out) is concerned, it can trigger symptoms in those that are lactose intolerant unless its a Whey Isolate.
What I Choose
Plant Based Proteins
These easily assimilated powders are great used before bed as part of your last meal and for that very reason they are easily digestible and less likely to disturb your sleep.
Whey protein powder either comes directly from milk of its also a byproduct of cheese-making, which means its basically a concentrate. So if you’re consuming a non-organic version, then you are getting a concentrated dose of everything commercial (drug fed) cattle are raised on and administered. It’s best in my opinion to pick grass fed, organic and healthy sources!
Where To Buy
For the best proteins you could ever consume, checkout Red23. Not only will these protein and meal replacements help you build, they will also help you create better health for healing!
Eco Green Store
If you looking to buy online with very competitive prices, here’s a great store. If you can wait a few weeks then great, although they are generally cheaper than most places.
I’m frequently buying my food, supplements and protein from here just because it’s local to the areas I cover, so its easy.
How Much Do I Need
The simplest and best answer I can give you is:
The reasons I say this:
You’re an individual, so unless you increase slowly you don’t know how well your digestive system will cope and ultimately you could be overloading your elimination system and wasting your money.
Enjoy your results, without further adding to the health problems that can be associated with protein overload.