ONE FOR THE GUYS: GET THE MOST OUT OF PROTEIN POWDERS
It’s about time you met Chris!
Hey guys, I’m Chris, one of the founders of INCA Organics.
I’ve been using protein powders to aid in recovery after exercise and maintain lean muscle for a while now. Growing up in rural Victoria, you can imagine I loved my sport from the get-go. I’ve played a total of 270 professional football games in the AFL (Australian Football League) for Collingwood and Fremantle football clubs, and panelled on the All-Australian team in 2003. During my professional football career, I was trained by the leading sports scientists in the country! I’ve also completed high altitude training camps in Arizona and South Africa.
The thing was, no matter how hard I looked, I couldn’t find a protein powder that wasn’t full of preservatives and additives! I was searching for a certified organic product, made only from the very best ingredients in the world, but there was certainly a gap in the market. That’s where INCA Organics came about. After research, research, research, my brother Jamie and I sourced the very best ingredients around the world.
You would’ve noticed the Sports Supplements controversy in both AFL and NRL football codes, dominating headlines over the last couple of years. It’s true that clubs and players are always looking for a competitive edge to improve performance, but some have really pushed the boundaries!
Here at INCA, we really believe in focusing on the quality of products. Which naturally starts with looking into the source of the ingredients, that are found in foods and supplements we are consuming. The question we need to ask our leading sports nutritionists and scientists is, ‘can you tell me exactly where this product comes from?’.
The only way to guarantee the source, is to have a third party such as ‘Australian Certified Organic’ to regular it. In the absence of such regulation, brands rely on self-promoting and marketing to make people aware of product specifics, whether it’s true or not.
We’re firm believers in being transparent about our protein powders! But there’s a lot out there that you don’t know! For instance, ‘Grass Fed Whey protein from the USA’ only requires cows to graze on grass for 110 days of the year. That’s only a little more than 30% of the entire year! This is why we make sure our cows are fed grass every day of their lives, in order to ensure our product is the best it can be!
Here are some of my tips to help YOU be the best you can be!
Increase Growth Hormone (GH) Production
The growth hormone is your bodies internal clock. By increasing it, you can build muscle, slash fat and boost energy levels. The body makes growth hormone within the pituitary gland. Natural production of this hormone decreases after the age of forty, particularly in men. Low GH levels are to blame for many effects of ageing.
Signs of Sluggish GH Production
– Decreased muscle mass
– Increase in fat
– Loss of energy
– Decreased Mental Clarity
The most effective way to increase your body’s natural production of GH is via your food choices and exercise selection. We’ll be discussing more about exercise selection in the coming months, so stay tuned.
Nutrients Needed for Increased GH Production
– Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)
It’s essential you eat organic foods rich in these key nutrients (and contain no pesticides, fertilisers, hormones or heavy metals), to build strength and lean muscle.
We’ve formulated a special ‘Muscle Up’shake and have included a sample eating plan. These will provide you with a potent shot of all these GH generating vital nutrients to help your body build muscle and energy.
** INCA ‘Warrior’ Smoothie **
– 1 tbs of INCA Organic Whey Protein Powder (Raw Cacao or Coconut)
– 1 tbs of INCA Organic Whey Superfood Powder
– 150ml Organic Full Cream Milk and 150 ml coconut water or coconut water / water combination –note: no low fat milk –use more water if too creamy!
– 1/3 Organic Banana
– 1/2 cup Organic berries of choice
– Pinch of Cinnamon
Into the blender!
**Sample Daily Eating Plan**
2 Organic Eggs (Omelette) with mushroom, onion and capsicum
1 Cup of Natural Museli with banana, berries, Organic whole milk and tablespoon of INCA Organics Superfood Powder
Lean protein source (Grass fed beef, chicken, fish) with 1 cup of quinoa or legumes and vegetables or salad.
Ezekiel Bread with Almond butter
INCA Organic Whey Protein Shake (within 20 minutes of completion of session –prior to cool down/stretch).
Lean protein source (Grass fed beef, chicken, fish) with 1 cup of quinoa or legumes and vegetables.
– Always choose Organic ingredients to achieve the full benefits.
– Portion sizes dependent upon your bodyweight and dietary requirements.
– Ensure plenty of sleep –as this is when your body releases GH.
– Vigorous exercise also stimulates GH production
– Ensure optimal Vitamin D levels (70 – 100 ng/ml)
– Try intermittent fasting once a fortnight
– Aim 1-4L of Water per day depending on temperature and energy expenditure
Stokes, K.A., Toone, R.J & Williams, C. (2013) Growth Hormone responses to consecutive bouts with ingestion of carbohydrates plus whey protein. International Journal of Sports, Nutrition and Metabolism, 259-270.