BJJ is a tough sport and if you are doing it right you are going to be sore and have muscles that need repair.
Muscles are most ready to absorb nutrition within 30 minutes of hard training. The question is, what is the best choice of replenishment to use?
Some might say CHOCOLATE MILK of all things!
Why is this?
What should you choose from all of the options out there? Water? Gatorade, POWERade, or Whey Protein? Endurox R4?
Physiologist Joel Stager, director of the Human Performance laboratory at Indiana University, has even one more potential workout recovery drink to add to the list: chocolate milk. His latest study, published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, names chocolate milk a optimal post-exercise recovery aid.
For an endurance athlete, Stager’s team sees it as a catch-all workout recovery drink. Compared to plain milk, water, or most sports drinks, it has double the carbohydrate and protein content, perfect for replenishing tired muscles. Its high water content replaces fluids lost as sweat, preventing dehydration. Plus it packs a nutritional bonus of calcium, and includes just a little sodium and sugar — additives that help recovering athletes retain water and regain energy.
So when you are leaving a tough BJJ glass, try stopping off for a nice container of low-fat chocolate milk and replenish those sore muscles!
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