Pouring a glass of milk

Before and after a workout, it is crucial to provide your muscles with hydration and nutrition. Many fitness enthusiasts reach for a glass of water or their favorite sports drink to replenish their bodies after working out. What you may not realize is how milk can provide you the best benefits as a post-workout food.

Why milk?

A professor from the University of Birmingham tested the benefits of milk after a workout. Student volunteers were asked to rehydrate themselves after exercising with three different drinks. She offered the students milk, water, or a sports drink.

Milk stayed in their system longer than the sports drink and water. This is because it slowly releases into your small intestine so that it is absorbed more gradually by the bloodstream. The slow digestion helps your body to retain fluids longer. This drink also contains potassium, sodium, and a high number of electrolytes that are lost when your body sweats.

The benefits of milk for your muscles

Companies who sell supplements are most likely the reason some people continue to believe whey is necessary after a workout. The truth behind this misconception is that fast protein intake is not as beneficial to muscle mass as slow protein intake. Both whey and soy are fast digesting proteins while, milk has a slow digesting protein that better promotes lean body mass growth.

Milk is rich in branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs). BCAAs are the building blocks of muscle protein. This means drinking milk can minimize the need for other supplements. These essential amino acids can help you get more out of your daily workout. Weightlifting requires replenishment of protein to your muscles to promote growth, so drinking milk is important.

Some of the nutrients contained in this drink are magnesium, vitamin A, Biotin, vitamin K, vitamin D, riboflavin, and vitamin B-12. Milk also contains about twenty percent of whey to help repair your muscles after a workout and the carbs help your body to replenish energy.

The water content in milk is over 85%, which gives you the proper hydration to help your muscles recover. It also increases your strength and prevents stalling and fatigue. There is also casein in this drink, which is a slow digesting protein that helps you feel fuller longer, supports muscle repair, and helps with weight loss.

Milk doesn’t cause you to gain weight

Some people worry that drinking milk may add unwanted pounds and fat to their body. Weight gain is caused by consuming more calories than you burn, while losing weight is caused by burning more calories than you consume. As long as you keep a healthy caloric deficit in your diet and exercise, you do not have to worry about gaining weight while drinking milk.

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