Little known ways to recover faster after a workout

after a workout

Do you struggle to recover from training or feel out of breath and light headed during strenuous ‎exercise? If so, try out the following three natural superfoods to boost your stamina and get back on track faster after your workout.

  • Beetroot

In one study, participants who consumed the purple root before working out were able to run faster and speed up by 5% during the last 1.1 miles 1.‎ Researchers found that the natural nitrates in the beetroot made muscles more effective at utilizing energy and helped them recover faster.

Steamed or raw beet
When: 1 hour before your workout.
How much: 200 grams (7 oz) of baked or steamed beetroot.

Beetroot juice
When: 2 to 3 hours before your workout.
How much: At least two 250ml cups (about 8.5 oz).

  • Tart cherries

Cherries are naturally rich in anthocyanins, potent antioxidants which may promote faster muscle recovery by slashing the wear and tear that usually occurs when the muscles are maxed out 2. That’s not all, tart cherries are good sources of melatonin, a natural compound that can help you sleep better and thus optimize recovery.

25 How much: 12 ounces of concentrated juice or 1/4 pound organic tart cherries, pits removed.

When: Twice daily for 7 days before intense training and 2 days following training.

  • Watercress

This peppery-tasting green veggie contains various antioxidants that helps protect DNA against exercise-induced oxidative stress 3.

When: For noticeable effects, you need to consume watercress regularly over a period of at least 2 months to allow the antioxidants to build up.
How much: About a cup.

Reference:

  1. Murphy, M., Eliot, K., Heuertz, R. M., & Weiss, E. (2012). Whole beetroot consumption acutely improves running performance. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 112(4), 548-552.
  2. Connolly, D.A., McHugh, M.P., Padilla-Zakour, O.I., Carlson, L., & Sayers, S.P. (2006). Efficacy of a tart cherry juice blend in preventing the symptoms of muscle damage. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 40, 679-683
  3. Fogarty, M. C., Hughes, C. M., Burke, G., Brown, J. C., & Davison, G. W. (2013). Acute and chronic watercress supplementation attenuates exercise-induced peripheral mononuclear cell DNA damage and lipid peroxidation. Age (years), 23(4), 24.

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Shari

Shari is a registered dietitian specializing in naturopathic medical nutrition for women and children. As a naturopathic dietitian, she works with patients to help them identify and treat the root cause of their health issues instead of simply focusing on symptoms. She is currently doing her MS in Nutrition & Health Promotion at Mississippi States University with the aim to help others achieve optimal health with real foods and depend less on medication. Shari is the founder of NutriHeal LLC where she offers group and 1:1 consultations. An avid swimmer and runner, Shari absolutely loves HIIT and regularly plays volleyball.

Shari

About Shari

Shari is a registered dietitian specializing in naturopathic medical nutrition for women and children. As a naturopathic dietitian, she works with patients to help them identify and treat the root cause of their health issues instead of simply focusing on symptoms. She is currently doing her MS in Nutrition & Health Promotion at Mississippi States University with the aim to help others achieve optimal health with real foods and depend less on medication. Shari is the founder of NutriHeal LLC where she offers group and 1:1 consultations. An avid swimmer and runner, Shari absolutely loves HIIT and regularly plays volleyball.

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