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10 Proteins Which Build Muscles

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

 

After hard-core ski set, long run, or lifting at the gym do you find yourself scooping up protein powder and mixing up a concoction to refuel and build muscle?  You are among the majority of the “health conscience” that has been captured by the marketing gurus of these protein products.  I challenge you to take the time to actually read the ingredients of this muscle “building” powder.  

Chemical sweeteners such as Aspartame, saccharin, fructose, and artificial colors are common ingredients on protein powder labels. These are toxic (especially Aspartame) and do your body no favors in the short or long term.

Are you aware that protein powders are processed like crazy?!?! There are two main reasons why this is a problem. First of all when we consume processed foods such as protein powders, our bodies don’t actually recognize it as food. The body gets confused. It searches for the missing nutrients and will leech them from your body’s own reserves. These reserves are typically BONES! Secondly the act of processing involves the inclusion of extra man-made ingredients that are usually synthetic, chemicals, toxic and harmful to the body.

The digestive system goes through havoc! Being so highly processed, your body has a hard time breaking down and absorbing protein powders. What we don’t absorb is excreted from the body via the kidneys, which means that if you consume a lot of protein powder, you will be excreting it and putting a lot of pressure on your hard-working kidneys. Many protein powders are also made from whey protein (a dairy isolate), which is highly acidic.

  Chemical sweeteners such as aspartame, saccharin, fructose, and artificial colors are common ingredients on protein powder labels. These are toxic (especially aspartame) and do your body no favors in the short or long term.

 According to Dr. Michael Colgan, U.S. Olympic athlete advisor, the maximum amount of extra muscle an athlete can build in a year is 8lbs.  That calculates to .3oz a day.  Muscle is made up of only 22% protein, which means an increased consumption of less than a tenth of an ounce is needed to bring about the greatest possible muscle gain!

If you do feel that you are in need of extra protein, look into eating more of the following in addition to varied whole foods diet:

1. Spirilina

2. Bee Pollen

3. Maca

4. Hemp

5. Quinoa

6. Dried Beans

8. Pumpkin Seeds

9. Peanut/Almond Butter

10. Eggs