Milk, it does a body good
So I had a muscle cramp today. Not uncommon, not a big deal. One of those temporarily painful ones I grew up calling a Charlie Horse. My first reaction was to think, “Hmm… I need more potassium.” Problem is, I hate bananas.
I was pretty sure that I could just grab a Gatorade and get all potassiumed up, but hey, I’m part of the internet generation. Why make a decision on my own when I can Google it?
What I found was interesting. In this article from the Associated Press that was published just a couple of days ago they bring out some interesting facts regarding: Milk.
As a post workout drink, Milk gives you not only Electrolytes, but also carbohydrates, calcium and vitamin D. Additionally, milk also contains the two proteins best for rebuilding muscles: casein and whey to help you rebuild those muscles.
Scientists at Loughborough University have found low-fat milk is better than sports drinks for replacing fluids lost during exercise. Scientists suspect there may be two reasons for that. Not only does milk have a lot of electrolytes, but it is emptied from the stomach more slowly than sports drinks, keeping the body hydrated for longer.
Is this all just pro-milk hype? Well, not according to Michael Phelps, six-time gold medallist who, at the Beijing Olympics regularly downed a flavored milk drink in between races.
I hate bananas. But I love milk