It’s normal for our muscles to lose tone and become a bit flabby as
we age. But just because it’s normal, it doesn’t mean it’s good.
Not only are flabby muscles unsightly, they’re also a sign that we’re
losing muscle mass and strength.
Losing muscle mass makes it harder to do the things you take for
granted. Like walking up stairs. Lifting a bag of groceries. Or
recovering your balance instead of falling.
Losing strength also makes you more prone to injuries that can
keep you from enjoying the activities you've loved for years. It's a
major reason people lose mobility and end up in nursing homes.
We all want to stay strong and vital for as long as possible. So many
of us turn to exercise. While a regular exercise program can help,
it’s often not enough. We need to feed our muscles, too.
What's the best food for muscles? Protein. Your body craves protein
for building muscles and for healing faster after a workout or an
injury. Protein is a vital "building block" for enzymes, hormones,
bones, skin, cartilage and blood, too. The problem is, as we get
older, it's hard to get enough protein. We tend to eat less protein.
And the protein we do eat is not digested as well as when we were
younger. Poor digestion means poor absorption. So you may think
you're eating plenty of protein but you're still not getting enough
into your muscles and tissues.
The Best Way to Get More Protein Into Your Diet
When it comes to keeping your muscles strong, you need a well-
absorbed complete protein with all the necessary fats and amino
acids. The top two sources are eggs and dairy. Of these, one protein
Ounce for ounce, whey protein from milk is the best muscle-building,
fat-burning nutrient on the planet. That's because it has the highest
amount of protein for the fewest number of calories.
It contains all the amino acids your body needs, including the ones
you have to get from your diet. Plus it's easier to digest than beef
or egg protein. So whey protein is absorbed faster into your blood
stream, where it can quickly help you build muscles and repair tissues.
But not all whey protein is created equal. Many whey products today
are nutritionally deficient and over-processed. What's more, many
come from cows that have been fed growth hormones and antibiotics
and all sorts of stuff you don't want in your body.