As an athlete, when you think of nutrition, protein is likely the first thing that comes to mind. Protein is an essential nutrient, responsible for building and repairing the muscles in your body. After a long, hard workout, your muscles are broken down, and a healthy dose of protein is just what your body needs to start the recovery process.

Protein is found naturally in foods such as beef, poultry, fish, and dairy, but it can also be taken as a supplement in the form of protein powder. Protein powders are becoming increasingly popular because they provide you with 30 grams or more of quick-digesting protein in a simple, easy-to-make shake.

The most popular type of protein powder is whey protein. In this article, we will cover the basics of whey, such as what it is and when to take it.

• Whey protein comes from milk. There are two different types of protein in milk: whey and casein. During the production process of cheese, these proteins are extracted from the milk and later used to make supplements.

• There are three types of whey protein: why concentrate, whey isolate, and whey hydrolyzed. Hydrolyzed whey is pre-digested, meaning your body absorbs it faster, but is also the most expensive type. Whey concentrate is the most basic, cheapest form, but only has a protein concentration of 40-80%. Whey isolate does not contain any fat or carbohydrates, and has a protein concentrate of 90% or higher.

• Whey protein can be taken at any time, but it is most effective immediately after a workout. You have just put the muscles in your body under high amounts of stress, and they now require nourishment in order to repair and grow. Drink a protein shake within one hour of finishing your workout; this is the time period when your body can best utilize and absorb this protein.

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