Written By: Brandy
You just took your first Yoga class in a long while and you’re feeling amazing… but there are a couple spots that feel a bit sore. You’re probably thinking, “I really want to get back to another yoga class tomorrow, but I’m in too much pain.” Never fear, we have your remedies here!
What is muscle soreness exactly and why do we incur such pain?
After any good workout, our body has a build-up of lactic acid in our muscles. Due to this accumulation of lactic acid, our muscles become irritated and inflamed. You could go to your medicine cabinet and pull out the old pain reliever, but what if there was another way to make that pain a little more manageable? We have researched and compiled a few tasty alternatives that work to reduce inflammation and irritation.
Blueberries are a super food, loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients. Their super power is in the phytochemical compounds. Research shows that these berries are especially high in anthocyanins. Due to the higher amounts of this compound, the fruit has higher oxygen radical absorption capacity, which aids in controlling free radicals formed from exercise. So, the next time you are headed to a workout, pop a handful of blueberries in your mouth before and after class.
2. Tart Cherries
There are two types of cherries that people consume, sweet and tart. In recent studies, drinking a glass of tart cherry juice before and after a marathon reduces inflammation and pain associated with the strenuous workout. Similar to blueberries, tart cherries are packed with Phytochemical compounds and antioxidants. In addition to soothing sore muscles, tart cherries are beneficial for those who suffer from diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, arthritis and back pain.
Try adding a tablespoon of grated ginger to a glass of lemonade. This super root has a long history of providing remedies to many health ailments including inflammation, intestinal issues, morning sickness, seasickness, arthritis, and sore muscles.
Eat a slice of watermelon an hour before your strenuous workout and you will be sitting pretty…and painless. Researchers have found that an amino acid called L-citrulline eases muscle soreness 24 hours after your workout. Watermelon season is right around the corner, so stop by your local farmer’s market and stock up!
Bananas are rich in potassium. This mineral is a necessity in your body for heart health, digestion, and muscle contraction. Too little in your diet can lead to many troublesome issues including irregularities in the heart, weakness, fatigue and sore muscles.
The list could go on forever, but we want to encourage you to get back to your workout. However, this time, try to include some or all of these foods in to your daily routine. What are some foods that you use to help with muscle soreness?