Exercise Recovery Drink Thoughts
I realize that I stand to potentially take a lot of crap from the more prurient among us for this post, but the spirit of inquiry will not be denied.
During the last several years I have seen a number of articles claiming that chocolate milk is an excellent post-exercise recovery drink. It may be so, but it also assumes that you like chocolate milk, and I don't. That made me wonder if there was something else that was just as good. (OK, get ready, here it comes....) How about human breast milk? If you can grow an infant with the stuff, it's got to be an awesome source of everything you could possibly need for recovery.
Of course, there are all sorts of reasons why this isn't really doable, but then it made me wonder if commercial infant formula would be a good recovery drink. Since I don't have kids, I never have had to worry about infant formula ingredients. However, after reading about the composition of breast milk and comparing it to infant formulas from several companies, it seems that infant formula might well be a good recovery drink. Infant formula is nowhere near as complex as breast milk (women are chemical factories that would put the most advanced pharmaceutical companies to shame), but for something like exercise recovery, it is reasonably close on a macro scale. That said, has anyone ever tried infant formula for recovery purposes?
One more thing about breast milk - It turns out that it is high in erithropoetin (EPO). EPO and variants are the chemicals used by endurance athletes to (illegally) increase their red blood cells and oxygen carrying capacity. One article mentioned that when the mother has a diet high in iron, the combination of that with the EPO is a potent red blood cell building combination. Interesting....
“Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.” - Oscar Wilde