Whey for a healthy way of life
A modern lifestyle is quite demanding. We often don’t have time to eat properly, do enough sports and, I don’t even mention a proper skin care regimen or a massage. In this carousel of life, we tend to forget our body’s well-being. Today, I want to introduce you to a great and, often, overlooked product, that is not only very beneficial for the harmonious functioning of your entire system, but also, you can use it for the beauty of your skin, hair and nails – it’s whey.
What is whey?
Whey (or milk serum) is the liquid, a by-product of the manufacture of cheese (cottage cheese and strained yogurt) that remains after milk has been strained or curdled. It contains a huge range of wholesome nutrients; whey is a true elixir of beauty and health. It consists of 94% of water and the rest – is a treasure trove of amazingly beneficial elements: the whole range of vitamin B, lactose, protein, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, pro-biotic bacteria and almost all kinds of salts and micro elements contained in milk. It’s difficult to overestimate the benefits of whey for the immune system, as well as for skin and hair.
Where do I get whey? How to make whey?
Whey is sold in the dairy section of many grocery stores, supermarkets, health and nutrition shops, as well as online. If you have a farm nearby, it’s best getting whey there, as the great quality of milk will be guaranteed. Whey is the liquid that remains after milk has been curdled and strained. Thus, it’s easy to make whey at the comfort of your own home. Just put plain yogurt in a dish towel or cheese cloth and let the whey drip out overnight. Refrigerated whey can last for several months.
How to use whey?
If you are motivated enough, there are various short term detoxifying diets, when a person, practically, doesn’t eat/drink anything, but whey. However, in this article, I suggest some milder tips on how you can use whey to boost your immune system and make your skin, hair and nails look healthy, beautiful and, just, gorgeous.
Healthy morning makes the day
Drink a glass of whey 30 minutes before breakfast every morning, then, eat your usual breakfast. It can help you to kick-start your day, activating the work of kidneys and lever; due to the high content of vitamin B2, whey can help stimulate the lipid and carbohydrate metabolism, helping to flash toxins out of your system, reduce inflammations and cleanse your skin from within.
Whey for weight management
Whey is a fast-digesting protein. It has many beneficial properties and contains a long list of enzymes, various nutrients, disease fighting substances and a lot more. Whey protein powder, for example, is one of the most favorite nutritional supplements used by many sportsmen. It helps to increase the mass of lean muscles, thus, helping you better control weight. Whey also has an appetite-suppressing effect. It’s a good supplement for any diet or a work-out plan. Also, whey contains a lot of potassium (the lack of potassium is one of the causes of cellulite).
Whey for skin and nails
After a workout, it’s always good to take a warm, relaxing bath. To nourish your skin and nails at the same time – add 4-5 cups of whey, 2 tablespoons of oatmeal (or bran) and 2 tablespoons of wheat germ oil into your bathtub. Relax for 15-20 min. Whey is rich in anti-oxidants, therefore, it can help slow down aging process. Its proteins help stimulate cells’ renewal and skin rejuvenation.
Whey for hair
Wash your hair with your regular shampoo and condition, as usual, then, as a final step, rinse your hair with a mixture of whey and nettle infusion (1:1). Leave this mixture on your hair for about 3-5 minutes and, then, rinse it out one more time with warm water. You will be surprised how shiny and manageable your hair will become. Whey also can add more volume to your locks and, it can prevent your hair from getting dirty too quickly, so that you won’t need to wash your locks as often.
We work hard at the office and, then, we go to the gym. At the end of the day, we deserve a sweet treat. Mix 100 grams of berries (for example, strawberries, redcurrant or blueberry) in a blender, add 250 ml of whey, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, and then, honey and cinnamon to your taste. Don’t forget that this is not just a delicious drink – whey is also a great, natural remedy for dealing with stress, bad mood and, even, depression. Certain researches have shown that taking just 3 grams of whey protein a day can stop stress generating hormone and increase the output of serotonin – the hormone of well-being and happiness.
I hope you’ve found these tips useful. Feel free to share your own tips on how do you like using whey in the comment’s section below.
I wish you all a healthy and beautiful day!