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August 22, 2019

Whey Protein: What is it? and why should you be using it!

Nutrition, Protein, Protein Shake

Protein supplement products are everywhere. For anyone looking to build muscle tone, one of the first supplements you might come across is whey protein. This is usually a power which can then be made into shakes and consumed daily.

We often speak about why protein is great for muscle growth and a healthy lifestyle, but with so many products out there, it can be difficult to know which is the right one for you and if protein supplements are right for YOU!

WHAT ACTUALLY IS WHEY PROTEIN?

Strange as it sounds, whey protein is actually derived from cheese (partially anyway).

It mixes the globular proteins of whey with the liquid material created as a by-product of cheese production, this is the liquid remaining after milk has been curdled and strained.

If you’re looking to build bigger muscles and finding putting on the bulk a struggle, then whey protein is definitely something that can help.

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SHOULD I BE USING WHEY PROTEIN?

Whey protein is most often marketed to body builders and sports professionals looking to put on bulk. This can make them look pretty intimidating, however, whey protein has a multitude of health benefits that you might not be aware of.

To start with, drinking a whey protein shake can actually help reduce any unhealthy snacking habits! This is because whey protein reduces levels of the hormone, ghrelin, this is the hormone that tells your brain when you’re hungry.

Whey protein is also thought to have a noticeable effect on your immune system, helping reduce the risk of some common forms of cancer, such as prostate and colon cancer. Not only that, but whey can even be a great stress reliever! This is because whey protein can help boost your serotonin levels in your brain, so if you’re feeling a bit stressed after a long day at the office, trade in that glass of wine for a protein shake to help you unwind.

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WILL WHEY PROTEIN HELP ME BUILD MUSCLE?

The short answer is yes. If used correctly, whey protein will can help you to build stronger, healthier muscles. There is a reason it is the most popular muscle-building supplement available today!

This being said, ladies in particular, if you are worried about building 'too much' muscle, you have nothing to panic about. Your arms will not balloon outwards and you will not end up looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Taking whey protein before training can help enhance muscle strength, and taking it after a training session will help improve the blood flow to your muscles, which enhances muscle-building nutrients, such as oxygen and hormone production.

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However, you should always watch your intake when using supplements such as protein. Protein shakes should not be used as meal replacement! 1-2 protein shakes each day is usually fine for the majority of people, however excessive consumption will lead to side effects such as diarrhoea, nausea, thirst, bloating, cramps, tiredness and headaches.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you should reduce your consumption of whey protein and contact a medical professional immediately.

If you want to know more about whey protein powder and how it can help you, The DVCC actually stock our own protein powers! Our protein is the highest quality around, you won’t find better supplements anywhere else!

 

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