Fitness, Wellness / Self-Care

As a runner, I prefer Protein Water over shakes, here’s why

For one, it tastes good.

words by: Natasha Marsh
Aug 12, 2022

Due to digestive issues, I get nauseous easily. It sucks a lot of the time, but it is what it is. Fortunately, living with it for years now, I can mostly tell when I will have a reaction to something. It usually involves dairy (I’m lactose), creams, corn, and gluten. A lot, I know.


I have to be very specific about what I consume, and as an avid marathon runner (running 2-3 races a year and 13-26 miles each time) fueling my body while training, and especially on race day, is of utmost importance. It’s taken me a long time to decide what will actually work for me, and some seasons I need to adjust, but for the most part, I am very certain about the protein I need to ingest to perform well and recover enough to keep running.


The world of pre-workout materials seems to be growing daily. There are powders, protein chips, creatine pills, supplement pills, electrolyte chews, and so much more. The latest and greatest thing to hit the scene is protein water, or water infused with protein.


What is protein water?

Creators and fitness insiders describe it as having lower fat and calories than protein shakes, containing 15 to 20 grams of protein and 100 calories. Brands like Gatorade, Vital Proteins, and Protein2o have all joined the protein water market. Not to mention, they are low in sugar, sodium, calories, fat and cholesterol, so they could be helpful in weight loss as well.


What are some benefits?

Other benefits include less calories than pre-made protein shakes — ideal for those seeking muscle mass and weight loss simultaneously. Supporting post-workout recovery is a muscle’s dream environment. Essentially to support the repair of muscles after working out, protein comes into play 2 hours after training to reestablish amino acids and stimulate damaged cells, or protein water can help build muscles and also replenish your hydration — something that is often depleted in workouts.


Dehydration can also cause muscle cramps, headaches, or fatigue, so getting that hydration is key — making protein water ideal for this step in your routine.


Because protein water is literally water and not a creamy powder, it’s easier for my stomach to digest. I feel satiated from it and ready to crush workouts or recover properly. Of course it is up to you, but if you are interested in taking your workouts to the next level, sans stomach aches and cramps, you might want to invest in protein water.


Now, have you ever heard of hydrolyzed protein? It’s a game-changer.


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