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High-Intensity Athletes Cannot Digest Protein

August 21, 20159 min
Popular protein sources such as whey, egg white and pea protein may present issues with absorption rates.High-intensity athletes such as triathletes and ultrarunners who eat a high-quality diet still might have significant amino acid deficiencies.Amino acids are known as the building blocks of life; they help your body produce numerous compounds that are needed for daily function.When the body cannot digest amino acids, they are discarded as toxic waste instead of being utilized throughout the body.Amino acid deficiencies can lead to a handful of issues like hormone problems, weight gain, decreased metabolism, immune system issues, insufficient healing, digestive problems, chronic fatigue, and slow muscle recovery.Listen in as David Minkoff, MD, shares why high intensity athletes are more prone to an amino acid deficiency.

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