How Quickly Do You Need to Take Protein Post-Workout?
There is no hard and fast rule of how quickly you need to have a shake after a workout, meaning - you don’t need to be chugging a shake in the shower!
It’s reported that protein shakes can be absorbed into your system and start feeding your muscles in around 30 minutes. Amino acids, which make up the protein, help to repair damaged cells – in this case, muscles. This is why a protein shake is a great way to repair and refuel after a workout.
Protein powder is designed to be an easy and quick way to get protein into your system and broken down. Mixing your protein powder with water is the quickest way to get it to your muscles. If you mix your protein powder with milk, it will take longer to digest.
Milk is made up of curds and whey. The curds in milk turn to a gel in your stomach and take longer to be broken down (that’s why you feel nice and full after a bowl of cereal and milk or a milkshake!). This means that your shake will take longer to be broken down into amino acids and absorbed by the body.
Whey Protein starts life as a liquid, which is then spray-dried, meaning as soon as you add it to water or milk, it will break down easily. Vegan Protein isn’t quite as smooth due to the fact it’s made from plant-based pea and hemp, and ground down to form powder. It does do a great job of mixing with liquid however!