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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Is exercise protein a danger to my health?

    Containing amino acids, exercise protein can be an important element of getting fit, as it is a key to the building and maintenance of muscle and other body tissue. Available legally online and over-the-counter in the shape of bars, capsules and shakes to be taken with or between meals, protein powders are marketed as having the ability to:

    • Promote muscle growth
    • Boost energy
    • Fight ageing processes
    • Add the metabolism and subsequently assist in weight loss efforts.

    They are also said to assist users in reaching their peak physical performance.


    Many protein supplements lack other vital nutrients and vitamins a regular, balanced meal would provide. What’s more, consuming excessive amounts of protein can increase your risk of developing osteoporosis and could also make existing kidney problems worse. The recommended daily protein intake is 45 g (women) and 55.5 g (men). Illegally obtained products also often contain dangerous ingredients like hormones, steroids and stimulants, which can be responsible for causing jaundice; liver damage and kidney failure; seizures and heart problems.

    Getting fit safely

    The fact is, simply adding protein-rich foods to your diet would not only save you money, it would also be healthier for you. Protein-rich foods consist of, for example:

    • Beans
    • Dairy products (milk, cheese and yoghurt)
    • Eggs
    • Poultry (like chicken, turkey and duck)
    • Red meat (like beef, pork and lamb)
    • Tofu

    Combined with regular exercise, these foods should assist you in increasing your performance without the health risk associated with protein supplements.

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    • Going to the gym
      Exercising in general and going to the gym is, of course, not without risk of personal injuries. It is therefore necessary to build-up your strength gradually; follow instructions on how to use gym equipment correctly and avoid injuries by slips, trips and falls.
    • Gym owners
      Maintaining gym equipment in good working order and preventing slip, fall and trip injuries form part of gym owners’ legal duty to protect customers against accidental injuries. This includes keeping gyms clear of hazards likely to cause trip injuries; removing spills or marking wet areas clearly to prevent injuries by slipping and ensuring customers are not injured by faulty equipment.
    • Customers’ rights
      If a customer is injured by a trip, slip or fall; because they were not shown how to use equipment properly or by faulty equipment, they would be entitled to make a public liability claim. If this kind of scenario applies to you, Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in getting compensation.

    So give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our advisors.

    Date Published: July 22, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice


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