Essential Post-Workout Nutrients

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Published on 30 January 2018
by Lait au chocolat

According to several studies, chocolate milk is ideal for post-workout recovery, especially when consumed within the 30 minutes following high-intensity exercise.

Nearly 85% water and low in fat, chocolate milk helps your body rehydrate and your muscle tissue recover thanks to its carbohydrate and protein content. It also restores your body’s sodium and potassium levels, also called electrolytes, which are depleted by sweating while exercising.

PROTEINS:
REDUCE HUNGER AND BUILD MUSCLE MASS

After an intense workout, your muscles need a little boost. Luckily, chocolate milk contains proteins that promote muscle tissue regeneration and muscle growth. It will help you get in shape for tomorrow’s workout.

 

CARBOHYDRATES:
YOUR BODY’S MAIN SOURCE OF ENERGY

During sustained physical exertion, your body taps into your muscles’ carbohydrate reserves for energy. As these reserves are depleted, your ability to exert yourself decreases. Chocolate milk replenishes your carbohydrates, allowing you to hit the ground running during your next workout.


FLUIDS:
REHYDRATE

A good workout usually means sweating, and replenishing your lost fluids is essential. The good news is that chocolate milk is 85% water. Not only is it delicious, but it also helps you quickly rehydrate.


ELECTROLYTES:
STAY HYDRATED AND REGULATE MUSCLE CONTRACTION

As you sweat, your body loses more than just water; it also loses electrolytes essential for maintaining hydration levels and regulating muscle contraction. Chocolate milk offsets these losses by providing you with sodium and potassium.


CALCIUM AND VITAMIN D:
ESSENTIAL FOR HEALTHY BONES

Calcium allows your muscles to contract and relax. It also allows your brain to transmit messages to the different parts of your body. The vitamin D added to chocolate milk facilitates calcium absorption. Together, they form a winning combination.


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