You & Protein Powder
Everyone knows how to drink a protein shake, but even more, people don’t know what protein powders do in your body. How do protein powders work? It’s such a popular supplement in the fitness industry that it seems just natural to chug one down after a workout to start building some muscle, I certainly do. However, what many people fail to realize, which can be concerning, is what protein powders inside your body.
Where does it go? What organ controls protein powder, and if you can ever have too much protein, or too little. I’ll be discussing where protein goes, how does it go, and why does it go. You’ll finally know what these bodybuilders are raving about.
What Is Protein Powder?
Of course, everyone has heard about protein powders, the “miracle” of building muscle, but what classifies as a protein powder. There are so many protein powders on the market. You’d have a different one every single day for a year. Well, to start off, protein powders are supplementation. A supplement, by definition, is something that enhances an element of something. In the case of protein powders, it increases your protein intake.
There are many different types of protein powders out there, differing ingredients, sources, and effects. They range from protein that’s animal-based, plant-based, egg-based, that give you similar results, but the impact on your body is what is different. Some proteins affect your body at a faster rate, while others take effect slower and over a long time.
An excellent example to look at to tell that there are protein powders that are similar but become different beings once in your body. Whey and casein are familiar sources of protein for protein powders, both coming from milk. The well-known whey gets absorbed by your body much faster than the lesser-known casein, even though they come from the same source. Whey gets spiked into your bloodstream for the use of your cells while casein slowly trickles in, lasting hours in your body.
It Starts With Digestion
Before anything can happen in your body, it actually has to go into your mouth and into your digestive system to be broken down. When you pick up your protein shake and let your taste buds rejoice from the delicious taste, the protein goes down into your stomach. In the stomach, hydrochloric acid uses enzymes to break down your foods for their nutrients. A reason why junk foods are called “junk” foods is because of the lack of nutrients they offer, little to none.
For some people, digestion can be trouble when it comes to certain protein powders. By certain protein powders, I’m referring to whey and casein, since they both contain lactose, a sugar from milk. People who have lactose intolerance may want to stray away from milk protein shakes. Their bodies do not produce enough lactase, the enzyme responsible for breaking down lactose, causing uncomfortable issues in your stomach; gassiness, bloating, diarrhea. If you’d like to know more about the digestion process, click here.
Absorption By The Body
Once broken down into it’s smallest possible substances, food is ready to be absorbed by your body to be used by your cell. In the case of protein and protein powders, your stomach beats them up until they turn into their building blocks, amino acids. The substance amino acids are what your body really needs for its cells. They get shuttled to your cells by one of the most important transportation systems in your body, the bloodstream.
The bloodstream circulates blood throughout your body to the organs and places it needs it. It also carries substances like hormones and amino acids to cells and other locations throughout your body. It’s a long-distance communication between the cell and the amino acids that lets the bloodstream deliver it to its destination. What do the amino acids do in the cell?
Usage Of Amino Acids
What exactly do cells do when amino acids are present? Well, when you workout, your muscle fibers, and tissues are put under a lot of strain to where they get damaged. Many people believe the damage to something can only result in bad things to happen; more harm is done than good. In the case of muscle fibers, damage, and tear is actually a good thing. They provide the basis for improvement and growth.
Muscle fibers and tissues grow from being damaged, and they are repaired by the work of amino acids. The amino acids recover the worn-out tissue and create a stronger fiber. This is why when people eat more protein, more amino acids are available for cells to fix up tissues for better growth. Know that one is incomplete without the other, you need amino acids for muscle repair, and muscle to be repaired, for your amino acids.
Over time, your muscle starts to get more prominent after the continuous repairs amino acids make on your muscles. Don’t expect your muscles to start bulging out of your shirt after one cycle of reparation. It takes time and patience, it’s a process, for which the ones who stay, get the prize. The excess amino acids and protein regulate and excrete as waste by the work of our kidneys. Too much protein can harm your kidneys dye to overworking if you have kidney problems. There’s a lot more to know about amino acids, it’s a huge scientific topic. If you’re intrigued, clicking here will get you to an article I wrote covering amino acids more in-depth.
There you have it; now you know how protein powders work. The process of how a protein powder enters your body and how it leaves. It starts in the mouth, dropping down to the stomach for break down. The stomach blasts the food away until the building blocks are left. The remaining blocks are sent out throughout the body where they are needed. At the location, the cells do work with them to repair tissues and fibers. That right, there is the process of how protein and protein powders are used by your body.