“The Pump” is a commonly used term the world of bodybuilding. It is a short-term sensation you get during training, when your muscles fill up with blood faster than the blood can leave the area, making the muscles appear fuller and larger. When pumped, you will look bigger, more defined and more vascular.
The pump can also be achieved when signaling factors such as nitric oxide (NO) are released in response to the acidity caused by high lactic acid levels, cause local capillaries in the muscle to dilate, thereby allowing more blood to flow into the muscle.
What is nitric oxide ?
Nitric oxide is a molecule that is produced by almost every type of cell in the body. This molecule is very important for the health of blood vessels as its role is to relax the blood vessel musculature, which is turn widens (dilates) the vessel itself.
Nitric oxide is a useful tool when it comes to bodybuilding. Nitric oxide increases blood flow while lowering your blood pressure. Increased blood flow means your muscles are being fed an increased amount of oxygen and other needed nutrients.
Nitric oxide supplements are one of the most popular types if fitness supplements these days. But did you know that it’s possible to make a homemade nitric oxide supplement ? Read on for the full recipe.
A homemade nitric oxide shake
For this shake you will need:
1 scoop of Whey protein
1 cup of 100% orange juice
1 cup of water
4-5 g of Arginine
Whey protein powder
Whey is a fast digesting complete protein that has many benefits in healthy individuals such as promotion of lean muscle mass, contribution of protein synthesis, boosting your immune system, improving recovery time etc. There are many benefits of using whey protein in your diet if you are a bodybuilder/weightlifter/athlete.
100% orange juice
Aside from offering a good dose of medium speed digesting carbs to be readily available for the body to draw from during workouts, orange juice is rich in vitamin C. This vitamin in particular prevents the breakdown of nitric oxide, ensuring your body maintains high levels.
Arginine – If the pump is what you’re after, your pre-workout plan should include an arginine supplement. Arginine is an amino acid, that converts into nitric oxide in the body which reduces vessel stiffness, increases blood flow, and improves blood vessel function.
Drink this homemade nitric oxide shake 30-45 minutes before your workout. It’s definitely a cheaper alternative to pre-workout supplements.