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Protein Does More Than Build Muscle

August 23, 2011

In addition to triggering the muscle rebuilding process that follows the breakdown from training, a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition suggests that dairy proteins can help restore hydration by promoting the absorption of electrolytes. Compared to water, low-fat milk (2%) did a better job of restoring body water levels in dehydrated people.

This doesn't mean you should rely on your favorite protein shake to rehydrate after a long grueling session under stacks of heavy iron plates. Even a little dehydration can take something away from your physical performance. For more on the subject, check out yesterday's Breaking News story at which showed how hydration status can affect post-workout hunger hormones.