Fuel Your Workout with Plant-Based Foods
Regardless of the intensity of exercise we all need to properly fuel our workouts. We all have different needs based on the intensity, length and type of exercise we perform. There are nutrients found in specific foods that will help push us through our workout and assist the recovery process.
Instead of grabbing a bottle of Gatorade try some coconut water, nature’s sport drink. It contains sodium, calcium, potassium and magnesium and is just as effective in rehydrating the body than any commercial sports drink. Coconut water also contains calcium, iron and vitamin C, an antioxidant which helps with recovery.
Potato Protein Isolate
This is a favourable alternative if you’re unable to digest whey protein isolate or follow a vegan lifestyle. The branched chain amino acids assist in muscle growth and recovery and enable your body to fight fatigue.
Great to help you run that extra mile! Beet juice opens up your blood vessels allowing you to take in more oxygen. It reduces your systolic blood pressure, and the complex carbohydrates provide lasting energy.
Apple peels contain high levels of phenolic compounds and antioxidants. Antioxidants are crucial to fighting free radical damage done to muscle tissue when we exercise. Eating antioxidant rich foods or taking antioxidant supplements can greatly reduce muscle strain and injury.
Tart Cherry Juice
Tart cherry juice also contains an antioxidant which can help to relieve joint and muscles pain by reducing inflammation. Try drinking some tart cherry juice about a week before and during a long distance running event. It may help to reduce muscle pain and inflammation after the event.
Great to drink after exercise for quick recovery, orange juice is a nutritious and natural way to give your body the glucose that is needed to replenish your body’s energy stores.
Lemon Verbena Extract
Lemon verbena extract contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating properties which help to reduce muscle damage, decrease muscle soreness and improve recovery time.
How do you fuel your workouts?
Posted on August 19, 2013, in Health Tips and tagged Apples, Beet Juice, Coconut water, Lemon Verbena Extract, Oranage Juice, Physical exercise, Potato Protein Isolate, Sports drink, Tart Cherry Juice. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.