Post-workout recovery pain is obviously no fun to deal with and it’s also not easy to treat through diet alone. However, you can greatly reduce the inflammation you suffer after a workout by including some specific foods in your diet on a regular basis. It’s important to take care of your muscles just like you do your heart. Focus on anti-inflammatory foods, which will help soothe your muscles instead of contribute to acidity within the muscle cells that leads to pain.
Stretching muscles past their limit or pushing yourself to the max can cause inflammation naturally in the body. Inflammation can also come from general exercise and is nothing to fear, however, diet can truly make a huge difference in not only helping soothe your inflammation but also prevent a majority of it from occurring. They key is to know what to eat before hand and what to fuel with afterwards.
Sugar, refined grains, meat, dairy, eggs, and processed oils are the worst inflammatory foods because they’re so highly acidic. They all contribute to inflammation and will increase the amount of time it takes you to recovery. Leafy greens, berries, omega 3 sources of fats, anti-inflammatory sources of protein, and foods rich in Vitamin A and C, however, will stop inflammation before it starts and can help lessen the amount you suffer after exercise.
Here are five of the best food choices to fuel up with after your workout that will also aid in lean muscle formation and contributing to a healthy post-workout recovery plan.
Kale gets most of the glory in the greens department, but spinach is the guy to choose for your muscles and post-workout pain. Spinach contains large amounts of Vitamins A, C, has 5 grams of protein per cup, and is rich in chlorophyll to lower inflammation. It’s also very versatile and can be used fresh or even frozen in a post-workout smoothie without a noticeable taste like other greens. Spinach also contains B vitamins that can help boost your metabolism and contains a large dose of plant-based iron to support your energy and recovery even further. This Green Superfood Detox Smoothie is a great way to try it out!