Drink This After Exercise.

11-Greg-Plitt-fotoA lot has been written about post-workout recovery drinks, but a new study published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism puts the science to the test.

For the study, researchers compared the rehydration potential of a sports drink (in this instance, Powerade) to cow’s milk, soy milk and a milk-based liquid meal supplement call Sustagen Sport. Fifteen male participants were recruited for a series of cycling workouts while consuming different beverage options – and key biometric measures were monitored.

The milk-based liquid meal supplement resulted in better fluid retention than the other drinks. However, all of the beverages performed better than Powerade. Since sports drinks like Powerade are specifically marketed as hydrating beverages for athletes, the conclusion of the study might come as a surprise.

There is a caveat. Those who drank milk reported feeling more bloated and full, and the sports drink was ranked as the best tasting.

Of course, rehydration isn’t the only post-workout concern. After a workout, it’s important to give your body carbohydrates to restore muscle glycogen and sufficient protein so that your body can rebuild and repair your muscles. As I’m not a fan of cow’s milk, I prefer a bowl of cereal with almond milk, along with a powdered protein shake.

What’s your preferred post-workout meal or drink? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. Viktor Aspel says:

    Please stop posting pictures where people have injected or “can” muscles. Just stop. You are doing it much worse for people. Stop also giving nutrition recommendation. Milk (or this product sold in shops) is not adult people can even digest normally.

    • mike CPhT says:

      Wow talk about assumptions, and while 10-20% of adults are estimated to have problems with lactose most of the other adult population does not. As for “canned” or injected muscles, The man pictured above does not have the typical bulked out hulk look found typically with the results from said usage. It does however appear the above pictured has likely spent most of his life working on his body.