Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Powered By Chocolate Milk

I had a super opportunity to do a video filming session for Powered By Chocolate Milk as one of their Ambassadors!  Take a look if you haven't seen it already!

Powered By Chocolate Milk - Ambassador Gillian Clayton

A little history on Powered By Chocolate Milk (PBCM) if I haven't caught you up to speed by now.   I feel really lucky to have come across such a great organization of happy, positive people!  They've chosen ambassadors from all corners of sport and support them like rockstars in their endeavours.  It's really neat to see.  It's something I like being a part of.

Milk for me is a staple for me.  I'd tell you how much milk I drink on a regular basis in training, but you'd think I was lying.  So let's just say 'lots'.  You could ask my brother for collateral, as I think he can drink as much as me when he wants to.  I'm surprised we never teamed up to go into dairy farming.  But we're still young, so let's not limit ourselves.

 PBCM says it best, and I'm borrowing a cool page from their website (www.poweredbychocolatemilk.com) to get you some info on chocolate milk.  It's a no brainer for me, as I have been a milk kid from the early 80's onward and it continues to be an integral part of my recovery (and often, happiness, especially when mixed with chocolate :)

About Chocolate Milk

Why drink chocolate milk as your post sport recovery drink?

Recent studies suggest that drinking chocolate milk 15-30 minutes after vigorous activity can help to speed up recovery and recharge your body, making your next workout better.CSF Members Drinking Chocolate Milk

Did You Know…

Recent studies show that chocolate milk helps you recover from exhaustive bouts of exercise. Chocolate milk has an ideal balance of protein and carbohydrate, which helps refuel and rebuild tired muscles for the next workout.1
Research shows that a beverage containing both carbohydrate and protein, such as chocolate milk, can be more effective at increasing next-workout performance than a conventional carbohydrate- only sport beverage.1,2,3 Chocolate milk is an excellent source of protein, which is especially important for recovery if you plan to work out again within the next 24 hours. Protein helps enhance recovery by repairing damaged muscle tissue and promoting muscle growth.
During a strenuous workout, your body uses carbohydrate stores, called glycogen, in your muscles for energy. As glycogen becomes depleted, so does your ability to perform at your peak. Chocolate milk, an excellent source of carbohydrates, can help replenish those stores quickly after a workout. The faster these stores are replenished after exercise, ideally within 15-30 minutes, the better you can perform at your next workout.
Chocolate milk can help with hydration. It is 90% water and has a great complement of electrolytes, including potassium and sodium. It has also been shown to be an effective rehydration aid—better than sports drinks—following exercise.4
Chocolate milk is an important source of B vitamins, including niacin and riboflavin, which are necessary to convert food to the energy needed by exercising muscle. Chocolate milk also contains vitamin B12, which helps to keep red blood cells healthy and able to deliver oxygen to tired muscles.

For more information, check out the studies below

  1. Karp JR, et. al. 2006. Chocolate milk as a post-exercise recovery aid. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. 16(1): 78-91.
  2. Williams MB, et. al. 2003. Effects of recovery beverages on glycogen restoration and endurance exercise performance. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 17(1): 12-19.
  3. Niles ES, et. al. 2001. Carbohydrate-protein drink improves time to exhaustion after recovery from endurance exercise. Journal of Exercise Physiology Online. 4(1): 45-52.
  4. Wilkinson SB, et. al. 2007. Consumption of fluid skim milk promotes greater muscle protein accretion after resistance exercise than does consumption of an isonitrogenous and isoenergetic soy-protein beverage. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 85(4):1031-1040.

Powered by Chocolate Milk's (PCBM) Ambassador Program, which is what I am a part of, and where I've met some really cool people along the way - both athletes of the program and the staff involved in keeping the PCBM machine running smoothly!

Do you use chocolate milk for your post-workout recovery and want to talk about it? Contactsocial@poweredbychocolatemilk.com or send us a tweet @pbchocolatemilk for more information.

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Thanks Powered By Chocolate Milk for all your support.  Can't wait to get skiing this winter so I can up my chocolate milk intake :)

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