I think we have all spent many years working out and feeling oh so very sore afterwards. Enough so, that we don’t even want to return to the gym. There are so many products out there geared specifically towards reducing soreness and to help increase muscle growth after exercise. We are all familiar with the protein shake, which don’t get me wrong, certainly has its place. The protein shake however, is limited in its benefits for the body. But what if I could tell you that there are 100% natural products out there in the form of superfoods, where you could achieve the same thing, and get more bang for your buck?! I have found that in most cases this form of self-care and refueling has zero effects on the digestive system. In fact, not only are you providing your muscles with adequate recovery but also gaining magnificent benefits in other areas of your body. These superfoods are also incredible diverse, you can put them into a smoothie or eat them all on their own. Whichever way you decide, I can guarantee a delicious result with incredible benefits for those sore muscles.
1) Spirulina is the ultimate athletes superfood! It contains all eight amino acids. Spirulina is also a very high source of chlorphyll, salts, phytonutrients, and enzymes; and also rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, K, and E. All majorly important when it comes to repairing muscle tissue. It is best to consume spirulina after workouts for rapid healing effects. Another surprising fact is that spirulina contains the same amount of iron that you would get from eating red meat.
2) Raw Chocolate is not only incredibly delicious but also helps lower stress of physical activities. It contains high levels of magnesium, chromium, B vitamins and antioxidants – which aids in shortening your muscle recovery time. Cacao also has the highest levels of magnesium than any other food on the planet! Magnesium is helps maintain normal nerve and muscle function.
3) Cayenne is, in my personal opinion the best spice on earth! It purifies the blood in order for oxygen to be carried through our heart and lungs and ultimately to our muscles. Cayenne also helps boost the metabolism and aids in weight loss. Also, cayenne stimulates fluid elimination through sweating, which helps the body cool itself while eliminating built up toxins.
4) Goji Berries, get this, are known for naturally containing and producing the human growth hormone when consumed. They are one of nature’s greatest superfood hands down. Especially for sports such as bodybuilding and other extreme sports. They are also high in antioxidants as well as very high in protein. Goji Berries contain 19 different amino acids including all 8 of the essential amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of muscle-building protein, which is crucial when is comes to repairing muscle tissue and reducing soreness.