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The benefits of taking collagen are something that has long been under investigation by scientists. Due to the protein’s abundance in nature and throughout the human body, it plays a key role in several major bodily functions. For instance, collagen alone accounts for some 35% of all protein within the body and indeed it is the primary structural component of connective tissue in living mammals. What this means is that collagen’s impact on health cannot be understated, as its ubiquitous nature makes it an essential building block in bone, tendons and cartilage.
After months spent training, few things are as rewarding as finally achieving that hard-won fitness goal. Whether it’s losing a few pounds before a much-needed vacation, or simply trying to cut down that mile time, setting fitness goals can be a great way to stay motivated. Unfortunately, attaining these goals is rarely a smooth process, and poor training habits can lead to lack of progress and frustration. If you want to avoid the fitness doldrums, here are 5 bad training habits and how to overcome them to unlock optimal performance.
A2 Milk Is Better For a Whey Allergy: Avoiding The A1 Casein Protein
In the United States, milk is widely sold to consumers every day. People buy it for a variety of reasons. They have it in their coffee, cereals, and even just drink it straight by the glass. Many people have been brought up to think that milk is a completely healthy substance for them due to the calcium and protein content. It does build strong bones, right? Of course, it does, but many people are having issues digesting milk proteins. This is where A1 and A2 milk types come into play. Here’s the difference between the two and some guidance on which one is right for you.
It’s no secret that growing older is full of challenges. As the body ages, physical activities that once were done with relative ease can become much more demanding, and injuries that once took only days to heal can sometimes last for weeks. Often, feelings of fatigue and a loss of lean muscle mass are commonly attributed to an unfortunate and unavoidable part of getting older. And while there is truth to the fact that the body goes through significant changes through the normative aging process, what many don’t realize is that symptoms such as fatigue, loss of lean muscle mass, and a decreased sex drive may be caused by another condition entirely; low testosterone. Although often associated as a primarily male hormone, testosterone is, in fact, important for both sexes.
Smoothies are a great option after a workout. Besides being super quick and easy to prepare, you can use as many ingredients as you like. Whey works well in smoothies, helping to boost their protein content dramatically.
When it comes to keeping your body performing at peak levels of fitness and health, few substances will have a greater impact than protein. Found in foods ranging from milk and training supplements to fish and even nuts, protein acts as the foundation for many of the processes that make life possible. In its most basic form, protein functions as an essential molecule that helps build muscle, repair tissue, and even grow hair and finger nails. Part of a group of molecules known as amino acids, protein comes in several forms, but one of the most beneficial and powerful is known as “collagen.”
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Whether it’s on TV, the radio, or online, it’s hard to miss all the messages encouraging us to supplement our diets with megadoses of vitamins and minerals. For today’s consumer, it’s hard to imagine that this hasn’t always been the case, but it wasn’t until the mid 20th century that vitamin and mineral supplements first began to appear on store shelves. Prior to this time, whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, and animal products were the only reliable sources of nutrients and people who didn’t have access to these foods were at risk for vitamin deficiency diseases. Scientific advances in chemical manufacturing, in addition to a growing understanding of what vitamins were and how they impacted health, kick started the vitamin and mineral supplement industry and by 2012, annual sales topped 13 billion dollars.1
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When you consider the frequency with which many individuals likely consume a protein supplement, it is amazing how little concern is given to the quality of the actual protein. Over my many years of training, I have changed meal plans, staple foods and nutritional philosophies countless times. However, through all these changes, the inclusion of a protein supplement has remained constant. Over the past 18 years, I have certainly averaged at least 1 protein shake per day; meaning at least 6,570 of them have been consumed. I’d say that warrants a closer examination of the quality and source of these shakes.