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Athletes and sports enthusiasts are no strangers to whey protein, but the health benefits of whey protein go way beyond body builders and gym rats.  Protein is an essential macronutrient used by the body to build things like hair, skin, nails, organs, tissues, antibodies, hormones, enzymes, and yes, muscles.  Without adequate protein in the diet we are susceptible to disease and illness. Protein rich foods typically require a great deal of digestion and unfortunately many of us suffer with digestive insufficiencies due to poor diets high in sugar, refined carbohydrates and trans fats.  This can lead to poor digestive function resulting in constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas, allergies and incomplete digestion of food.  If food is not properly digested then it cannot be absorbed and used properly by the body.

Protein based whole foods have a Biological Value (BV) associated with them.  This rating indicates how well the body can absorb and use the protein in a particular food as well as how many different amino acids are in it.  Something that contains all 9 of the essential amino acids our body needs + many of the non-essential amino acids would have a high BV.  For example, eggs have a BV of 100.  Eggs are the standard to which all other foods are compared to.  Beef, for example, has a BV of 94 and chicken has a BV of 79. 

To many people’s surprise the one food that weighs out over all of these is Whey Protein Isolate.  It has a BV of 110+!  Whey protein isolate, found in most supplement and health food stores, is a powder derived from the whey that is in milk.  What makes whey protein isolate such a great protein rich food is that it contains all the essential and non-essential amino acids our bodies need to build and grow.  In addition, because the amino acids derived from whey have been isolated in their purest form, they require essentially no digestion so they can be sent to work in the body almost immediately after consumption. 

Of course, after a workout, when the body is in overdrive trying to repair muscle tissue, whey protein is the perfect recovery food, but others could benefit from whey protein too.  During times of growth and development our protein needs are higher.  Therefore, teens, pregnant or lactating women, anyone recovering from an injury, vegetarians who may not be consuming enough protein, and people who lead busy lives and don’t always eat enough of the right foods or even enough food could include whey protein in their diets.  Whey is a simple and effective way of ensuring enough protein that the body will actually use.

Natalie Rivier, RHN, Dip. Advanced Sports Nutrition – Follow Natalie on social media @natalie_rivier

Branch Manager, Canadian School of Natural Nutrition

Lisa Square
Vykon Supplements founded by Lisa Pitel-Killah, Hair Mineral Analysis Expert & Educator, Board-Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Functional Diagnostic Practitioner, and multi-time Kettlebell Sport World Champion.  Her animal study includes Holistic Carnivore and Equine Nutritionist and advanced Animal HTMA (Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis). Lisa is the host of the Human Optimization podcast and the co-host of the annual HTMA Virtual Summit, bringing mineral education to the masses.  The science of HTMA can identify exactly what your body, or your animal’s body, needs to thrive.  Customize, simplify, and revitalize life with Vykon.


Sue’s background includes being a two sport athlete in University and a member of Ontario Field Hockey team. She completed her CIS eligibility in College for photojournalism following 25 years as a photojournalist. Supporting two daughters through competitive hockey, Sue discovered her passion for Holistic Nutrition and returned to study at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition, graduating with her Certified Nutrition Practitioner designation. She has a strong passion for supporting people through chronic stress. Sue enjoys time on the water, has her Level 1 SUP certification and recently started racing.


Kailan spent her youth on her family farm; from a young age she developed an interest in how the mental and physical wellness of animals can impact their bonding and performance. After improving the health of her equine companions, she has had some pivotal moments resulting in multiple national championship titles. Her inherent passion for health coupled with her degree in engineering has led her on this journey to help humans and animals alike realize the benefits of optimized health.  

Kailan’s goal is to enlighten others to the resources available, aid in resolving root cause of barriers and breakdown misconceptions surrounding poor behavioural patterns.


Yielding over a decade of professionalism in design and entrepreneurship, Grace is in charge of the many multimedia projects at Vykon. With an Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design, her artistic eye and a flair for creativity brings a unique touch to every project she undertakes. When she’s not working, Grace enjoys trying new recipes, watching movies and spending an afternoon in an art gallery.