Treat Minor Workout Pain from Your Kitchen: Part One
You just started P90x two days ago. Today, you can barely move. Muscles are hurting that you didn’t even know you had.
You intend to be ready for that Tough Mudder or Spartan Race. You refuse to let a little (okay, a lot) of self-induced muscle misery stop you on your quest for six-pack abs or a lighter, leaner, super-sexy new frame. You knew this would cost you in body pain (after all, you were a couch potato for sooo long), you just didn’t realize that first payment would be so high!
Yep, we’ve ALL been there. Most of us have been there repeatedly.
Workout pain and soreness, inflammation and swelling are common ailments for any person serious about getting – and staying – fit and healthy.
The good news is, you don’t have to rely on loads and loads of ibuprofen, aspirin, or other pharmaceuticals. You can treat minor aches and workout pains straight from your kitchen!
1. (Don’t) eat your peas
Instead, keep a bag of them in your freezer at all times, so that you have a quick, flexible ice pack on hand any time you want to chill down an angry, swollen shoulder, knee, or other aching muscle.
2. Cherries are tha bomb
A daily bowl of cherries is packed with anthocyanins, the compounds that give these sweet little fruits their gorgeous bright color. These natural anti-inflammatories are 10 times stronger than ibuprofen and aspirin! They not only treat, they help prevent pain caused by tissue inflammation, without the stomach upset you often get with painkillers that come from a plastic bottle. Eat ’em fresh, frozen (smoothies!), or dried… daily!
3. Water, water, everywhere
Water dilutes and flushes out histamines, which are pain-triggering compounds produced by stressed and/or injured tissues. Water also helps build cartilage, lubricates your joints, and keeps your spine supple and flexible. When your tissues are all well-hydrated, muscles and bones move and glide like magic.
4. A spoonful of… salt
Salt naturally nixes inflammation, plus it’s anti-bacterial, so it quickly destroys the germs that cause swelling and pain. It’s absolutely perfect for sore muscle soaks, so run a hot tub full of water and pour in a liberal dose before you sit and let the heat and salt work their mojo.
Salt taken internally also helps maintain the body’s electrolyte balance, and is required for the absorption of glucose. It’s especially good for people with low blood pressure, too.
5. Tomato juice tames pain
When you flush the potassium from your system with a heavy, sweaty workout, you’re much more likely to experience leg cramps. Just a single serving of potassium-rich tomato juice will speed your recovery and dramatically reduce your chances of painful flare-ups later, too.
Want more natural remedies for workout pain?
Now that you’ve started getting your body fit, you need to keep it healthy and pain-free, but gulping down pills isn’t a great habit; instead, learn more about the ways natural foods and herbs from your kitchen can address the most common post-workout pain.
Be sure to check out Part Two of this series on treating minor workout pain from your kitchen, coming soon!