Aid Muscle Recovery with Post-exercise Drinks

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Often times people associate protein shakes or other sports drinks with wanting to build muscle mass and ‘bulk up’, but if you do any sort of high intensity training workouts a recovery drink is the key to replenishing your muscles and keeping you energised. Keeping on top of your post-exercise nutrition is important, especially if you are an endurance athlete or have intense training sessions, to help aid recovery of your muscles. If you don’t help your body properly recover this can lead to poor workouts, fatigue, lack of increased strength and muscle mass, and can effect how long your muscles will be sore.

The best way to aid recovery is to take in a mix of protein and carbohydrates, a 2:1 ratio of carbohydrate to protein being the best mix. Often times athletes find liquids to be a better way of doing this as it’s easily digested and absorbed more quickly than solid foods. The aim of these drinks is to help encourage protein synthesis and replenish glycogen stores that have been lost during exercise.

It’s important to note that recovery nutrition taken in the first half hour have the most effect, but will still help somewhat up to 2 hours. This is why drinks are often the preferred choice, as keeping food down after an intense workout isn’t always practical. Not to mention the drinks help you replenish the liquid lost during your workout to help rehydrate you at the same time.

We offer a range of great tasting recovery drinks and protein mixes to help your body recover. Our TRF 2:1 Recovery formula is an all-in-one energy and recovery drink intended for use during and after endurance performance and intensive training sessions.TRF 2:1 is a combination of carbohydrates, proteins, amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals for long lasting energy, endurance, stamina and fast recovery. Complex mixed chain carbohydrates provide high and even levels of energy. Proteins are needed for muscle protection and repair. B-vitamins participate in amino acid metabolism and energy production and play many important roles in the body. Vitamin D acts directly on muscles to increase protein synthesis.