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Customized Protein Blending
Written by Dr. Esther Lu, ND Aug 2, 2019
Why Should I Take Protein?
There are groups of people for and against protein supplementation. However, many agree that relative protein deficiency is more common than expected. This is particularity common in endurance and power based athletes. To reduce chances of injury and muscle loss these athletes find themselves needing up to 2g of protein per kg of body weight. That is up to 180g a day in a 90kg person. This can be hard to achieve through diet alone and has certain costs (money, time taken to cook and eat) to consider. This is why many resort to protein shakes to quickly top up their protein counts. There aren’t many easy ways to take between 25-28g of clean and lean protein in an easy to shake and drink formula.
What are the benefits of a custom blend?
Many people do not just use protein on its own though. I personally added creatine, magnesium bisglycinate and milled flax into my protein every day. I use this combo to enhance muscle strength, reduce muscle cramping and clear out excessive environmental xeno-estrogens like BPA. Despite the benefit I was getting I was getting frustrated with opening each container, scooping out the (varying) right amount of each and then mixing them together every day.
I realized I was not alone with this irritation. I had coworkers and friends that were taking much more complicated stacks than I. They would either mix each time they exercised (5-6 times a week) or resorted to spending an afternoon per week pre-packaging their protein, aminos and supplements into labeled plastic Tupperware. Either way it took up a bunch of their time AND space! Not to mention the extra bottles of different flavors laying around to keep things fresh.
That’s when I thought there had to be a better way. As a naturopath I am able to compound personalized supplements. Why not compound a personalized protein stack? After all, protein has so many other benefits other than “muscle growth”. It can help control hunger/assist in blood sugar control, assist in enhancing hair, nail and skin quality (especially combined with collagen) and help maintain healthy bone and immune function.
How Does This Service Work?
This service involves a 30 minute intake that is covered under naturopathic care provided by many insurance companies. It allows you to choose your protein source, sweetener, level of sweetness, flavor and a variety of anabolic add-ons. I take my sourcing very seriously and use the highest and most research based ingredients possible.
The protein is hand mixed and packaged per pound in waxed kraft paper to minimize space and waste.
Here is a general summary of what is available:
Protein Source: New Zealand Whey Isolate (Grass-Fed and with Non-GMO Sunflower Lecithin), Vegan Blended Proteins (Non-GMO Pea Protein Isolate, Organic Brown Rice Protein and Hemp Protein) and Beef Protein Isolate
Sweetners: Stevia or Sucralose
Level of Sweetness: Low, Med, High
Flavor: Chocolate, Vanilla, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cappuccino, Cookies and Cream, Matcha Latte and Mocha (more to be added)
Add-Ons: Creatine Monohydrate, Glutamine, Leucine, Collagen, Magnesium Bisglycinate and Milled Flax (Don’t see what you use? Request it from me during the intake.)
For more detailed information on the proteins, sweetners and add-ons please follow my Instagram @dr_estherlu_nd
Overall, compounding my stack saved me time, effort and reduced the amount of plastic I was going through each month. I hope it benefits you the same.