A long walk or a brisk run, a vigorous workout or a yoga class—these are just a few instances where your muscles can become stronger, but also strained.
Do you ever feel sore after working out? If you want to relieve muscle discomfort, there are certain foods you can eat.
Food to Relieve Muscle Soreness
If you’re trying a new workout routine, or just starting to workout in general, you may feel stiffness in your muscles. It’s all due to your muscles being used in ways that are out of the ordinary for you. It’s a temporary sensation, but can be alleviated quicker by eating the right food.
This type of muscle soreness actually has a name: DOMS, and it stands for, “delayed onset muscle soreness.” But don’t worry—you don’t need to fester in this discomfort. There are natural remedies to relieve this muscle stress, and these remedies can be incorporated into your diet, easily.
Bananas are rich in potassium. Potassium is known to regulate healthy muscular functions in the body. If you eat a banana before a workout it can help to prevent muscle cramps and spasms. Potassium also promotes proper heart health and it aids in digestion.
The Almond Butter Toast meal kit includes bananas and chia seeds. It’s delicious and surprisingly filling. Chia seeds are packed with nutrients and they expand in your stomach to make you feel nice and satisfied.
Sore muscles can also be a result of inflammation. Inflammation is your body’s way of responding to change, and it can be uncomfortable. Eating broccoli can help curb inflammation.
Broccoli is loaded with natural plant nutrients, called phytonutrients. Broccoli is also dense in fiber, which is essential in maintaining a healthy diet.
We have an Orange Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry that is low in fat and high in protein. It’s eight grams of fiber, and it’s really easy to make.
Blueberries are refreshing, they can relieve muscle soreness, and they’re packed with antioxidants. Antioxidants help to reverse the damage done by toxins in the body. Blueberries are also rich in vitamin C, so they can ally your body in fighting infections.
Put them in a smoothie, or eat them raw; they’re also great to use as a topping. Our Blueberry Pomegranate Parfait kit is great for breakfast and it will promote a positive start to your day.
How Temporary is DOMS?
Delayed onset muscle soreness, (DOMS), occurs most often when you target muscles that aren’t frequently used. The more often you work the same muscles, the less often you’ll feel the same soreness.
Over time, there will be less damage to the muscle tension and recovery will be faster. By eating these foods, either before or after an activity, it can help to pacify this tension in your body.
And, don’t forget: stay hydrated!