Post Workout Recovery
There is one time of the day when it is a good time to ingest a simple carbohydrate: after your workout.
It is critical to take in simple carbohydrates after your workout because this starts the whole recovery and muscle growth process. Following a hard workout, your body is severely depleted of glycogen and glucose.
During a hard workout muscles use glucose (usable energy) and glycogen (stored energy) for energy. Therefore, there is a point at which blood glucose levels (available energy) and glycogen levels (stored energy) get so low that intense exercise can't continue. There just isn't enough available energy for your muscles to use.
So what happens is that the hormone cortisol is secreted. This is your body's "stress" hormone and it has very catabolic effects. What cortisol does is eat up muscle tissue for protein and convert it into glucose. A process called gluconeogenesis ensues, producing glucose from these amino acids in the liver. The net result is a loss of muscle tissue.
Taking in simple carbohydrates post workout prevents this. It also allows insulin to be released. Insulin is one of several anabolic hormones in the body. You want to maximize the release of all your body's anabolic hormones through all available methods and taking simple carbohydrates post workout is one of the best methods to do this.
But what is the best carbohydrate source to take post workout? The answer is a high glycemic carbohydrate source. This term refers to carbohydrates that are high on the glycemic index (70 and above rates as high).
The glycemic index is a measure of how quickly a food raises blood sugar and insulin levels. Normally, it is best to eat lower glycemic foods so as not to initiate an insulin spike (55 and under rates as low). But post workout, the exact opposite is true.
It is critical to get the carbohydrates to the muscle cells as fast as possible. As well, it is essential to elevate insulin levels which help drive nutrients into muscle cells. And again, high-glycemic carbohydrates are best for this purpose.
So, let's begin our search for the best high-glycemic carbohydrate to take post workout. We will begin with simple carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates are naturally present as simple sugars, occurring in mainly fruits and milk, as well as some other foods. One example of a simple sugar is fructose (fruit sugar). You might think this would be a great source, but the glycemic index is only 11. This means that it is not digested quickly and does not raise insulin levels to any great degree. What this means is that fruit sources are not a good source of carbohydrates post workout.
Another example of a simple carbohydrate is dextrose (also known as glucose). Dextrose has a glycemic rating of 96, which would make you think it is a good post-workout carbohydrate source. Unfortunately, dextrose has spill over effects that can result in fat gain. Fat gain is something none of us want.
Yet another example of a simple carbohydrate is sucrose (common table sugar). It has a glycemic index of 60, which is not high enough to be considered a high glycemic carbohydrate.
The last simple carbohydrate option is lactose (milk sugar). It has a glycemic index of 48, yet again not high enough to be considered a good post-workout carbohydrate.
Ok, since none of these simple carbohydrates are good post-workout choices let's take a look at a complex carbohydrate as an option, maltodextrin.
Maltodextrin is a complex carbohydrate made from either corn, rice or potato starch, but its molecular chain is shorter than other complex carbohydrates. As well, it consists of loosely bonded glucose molecules. And like dextrose, maltodextrin is absorbed directly through the gut. So it raises blood sugar and insulin levels as much as dextrose does. Unfortunately, before maltodextrin can be utilized, it must first pass through the liver for the bonds between the glucose molecules to be broken down. So the slow rate at which it is used for glycogen replenishment means maltodextrin is not an ideal choice as a post-workout carbohydrate.
So, where does that leave us? You may have heard of a new carbohydrate product to hit the market, which has become very popular, called waxy maize.
Waxy maize comes from corn starch and it is marketed as being absorbed very quickly. Waxy maize is promoted to pass through the gastric lining without the need for gastric emptying that other carbohydrates require.
Unfortunately, the truth is that unprocessed waxy maize starches are not optimized for rapid glycogen loading and nutrient absorption. The starches in waxy maize have not been accurately processed to attain rapid absorption into the bloodstream.
House Of Muscle has taken all of the promise of waxy maize to the next level with our new product called Carb Revive™. Carb Revive™ uses a proprietary multi-stage "Enzymatic Milling Process" to reach optimal molecular size. This yields a bio-engineered carbohydrate for quick gastric emptying so it's easier to digest and is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream.
Unlike other carbohydrate sources, Carb Revive™ is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream like a simple sugar but without the typical spike or crash caused when your muscles run out of fuel. In fact, Carb Revive™ is a "homopolysaccharide" (relatively complex carbohydrate), suggested to be absorbed 18.21% faster than pure dextrose. Yet it still promotes the sustained energy of a complex carbohydrate.
Carb Revive™ quickly hyper-loads muscle tissue with glycogen to support performance, increases VO2 (maximal oxygen consumption), is easy to digest and contains no sodium. Carb Revive™ mixes instantly, does not clump or gel and is 100% sugar and gluten free.
Bottom line – the advanced technology behind Carb Revive™ makes it the ideal post-workout carbohydrate. Accept no substitutes and help fuel recovery from your monster workouts with Carb Revive™!
If you want to improve post-workout recovery, you need to take Carb Revive™.
Serving size: 1 scoop (50.8g)
Servings per bottle: 40
Active Ingredient: (Homopolysaccharide) derived from potato, rice and corn 50g.
Formulated and distributed by HouseOfMuscle.com, LLC, Wakefield, RI USA -- Lot #: 1620600. Best If Used By Date: 01/2016. UPC Bar Code #: 094922439321
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SUGGESTED USE: As a dietary supplement, mix 1 serving (1 scoop) in a HouseOfMuscle.com BlenderBottle® with 10 to 16 ounces of water and drink post-workout.
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