Wendy Ralfe July Blog

July 1, 2018


Lately I've been looking at protein, as its very important for recovery. Protein is needed for muscle, skin, cartilage and tendon, building and repair.


There are different types of protein and our body's use them for different things: like collagen is used to repair tendons, ligaments, and cartilage and keep them working smoothly, whey protein is used for building muscles.

Most people need approximately 0.5 to 1gram of protein per kg of body weight. But as we get older we need more protein. Depending on how much training you do, you might need to increase protein intake as well.


Cortisol is the hormone that wakes you up in the morning. It's also the hormone that helps us stay alert and run away from tigers along with adrenalin. Due to todays over stressed society, most of us have too much of it in our body's. The more stressed you are the more protein is burnt up, and if there isn't enough protein in your diet your body will use muscle protein instead.


When you consume protein you have to eat vegetables as well, or you won’t have enough potassium (potassium protects kidneys (which clean your blood), and reverses insulin resistance (liver controls insulin which drives nutrition into cells). You also need potassium to mobilise protein and blood sugar (gets the sugar out of your cells).


Nerve and muscle fatigue – is also due to a lack of potassium.


Until next time…

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