Why you should wait for your shake

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Taking some time after your session before drinking a protein shake or eating a meal will allow your muscles to recover faster, says Mike Mahler

Mike Mahler is a hormone optimisation researcher and supplement designer. He is based in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

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Take your time
What you eat after a workout is hugely important because it initiates the restoration phase of recovery, but eating minutes after your session ends is a big mistake because the enzymes that are produced to quell inflammation get diverted to the stomach to help break down food.

Maximise growth hormone
Waiting 30 to 60 minutes after your session before having a protein shake or a proper meal allows for a bigger growth-hormone response from training and allows these enzymes to get to work on reducing the damaging effects of  inflammation.

BCAAs are better
You can take BCAAs immediately after your training session, just as you might take them pre-workout and intra-workout, because they are digested very quickly and assimilated very easily, making them the ideal peri-workout supplement option.

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