(BPT) - We’ve all been there. You push yourself a little too hard during your high-intensity workout, spend too many hours hunched over a computer at your desk, or simply don’t allow for much break time between work, pilates, weekend events and running errands. The next morning, you wake up achy and sore, wondering how you’re going to make that spin class you already signed up for. Luckily, there are several ways to properly rejuvenate your body so that you can maintain the active lifestyle you love. After all, exercise, self-care and having some fun are essential to living your best life.
Erin Stokes, ND, Medical Director at MegaFood, identifies five top tips for optimal recovery and keeping yourself active all year long:
1. Reach for magnesium.
Magnesium is important for overall muscle function and adequate amounts are needed for your muscles to relax*. Needless to say, magnesium is a key mineral for sports recovery. And no matter how well we eat, many Americans are falling short of their magnesium requirements. Taking a magnesium supplement daily, and incorporating magnesium-rich foods like beets and almonds into your diet, is an effective way for many weekend warriors and athletes alike to boost their recovery*.
2. Soak in some self-care.
Now that you’re taking a magnesium supplement, it may be time to soak in a different type of magnesium! A beloved solution for sore and tired muscles is an Epsom salt bath. Epsom salts are composed of magnesium sulfate, which can help relieve stiff and tense muscles*. In a standard size tub, add 1-2 cups to warm bath water.
3. Blend up a smoothie.
A green smoothie is a great way to consume a punch of phytonutrients in pre-digested forms. It’s best to alternate your greens such as spinach, kale and chard. Some favorite pairings include coconut milk, mango and avocado. Take your smoothie up a notch by incorporating a booster powder like MegaFood® Daily Energy Nutrient Booster Powder™ for mental and physical stamina*.
4. Take turmeric.
A brilliantly pigmented orange root, Turmeric has been ingested by people in India for thousands of years. It’s a primary ingredient for Indian curry, golden lattes and other trendy recipe options, as well as a popular supplement today. Turmeric maintains a healthy inflammatory response and is a personal favorite for recovering from a workout*. Traditionally black pepper has been found along with turmeric in curry recipes, and is often incorporated in turmeric supplements, as it has been shown to synergistically facilitate absorption*.
5. Pair with ginger.
Turmeric and ginger are cousins, and make a dynamic duo for athletic recovery*. Add ground ginger and turmeric to your morning smoothie for a delicious and highly functional beverage to start your day off feeling fresh.
1 National Institutes of Health. Office of Dietary Supplements. Magnesium Fact Sheet for Health Professionals. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Magnesium-HealthProfessional/#h4
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.