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RECOVERY ESSENTIAL OR PROVIDER OF UNWANTED BULK? FOR LEAN-OBSESSED RUNNERS, THERE’S STILL A SLIGHT STIGMA AROUND PROTEIN, BUT IS IT JUSTIFIED? MR’S NUTRITIONIST MICHELLE NEWITT POSITS PROTEIN’S POSITIVES

One of the most talked about subjects in the field of sports nutrition is: how do we know how much protein to consume and what type is best?

We know for a fact that an adequate protein intake accelerates muscle growth and speeds recovery, by helping rebuild muscle fibres damaged during a run. Protein is what keeps your body healthy under all that strain, and an adequate intake means you’re less likely to get injured.

It also plays a significant role in keeping our immune system strong. After intense exercise, the immune system is temporarily weakened, so consuming protein postworkout not only assists with repair of muscle tissue, but also boosts immune function – so you can keep on running week after week without getting ill.

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