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STRENGTH IN RECOVER
Part of staying fit and disciplined with with your
workout routine is dealing with, or avoiding altogether,
overworked or strained muscles. Herewith: Tips to
speed up muscle recovery while avoiding injuries.
TEXT BY FRANCESCA CRUZ
Water is vital to muscle recovery. About 10 cups a day is the normal
recommendation, but if you partake in an active workout routine, you
should be doing 12-15 cups a day. Water can help flush out the toxins
in your system. Not enough water will cause muscle cramping.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES Over-the-counter medication like Aspirin, Tylenol and Aleve
help reduce soreness and assist with pain management. It’s not
recommended to use on a consistent basis, only for bouts of
Muscle cramps can be caused by a calcium deficiency. When
incorporating calcium supplements into your diet, select a product that
also contains digestive acids Betaine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D as well
as Magnesium, for better assimilation into your system.
Dimethylsulfoxide is a clear, colorless ointment that when applied
topically reduces swelling, inflammation and pain. It’s best to buy it
in liquid form, as the cream can sometimes cause itching. Apply right
after a rigorous workout at least 3 times a day if soreness continues.
Research suggests being low in Vitamin B increases cramping. Take
supplements daily or aim to get more B vitamins naturally from
cage-free eggs, grass-fed meat, grains, legumes or wild-caught fish
in your diet.
STRETCH IT OUT
Stretching is essential to prevent muscle spasms and fatigue. After
a workout, and while in the process of stretching, you can also
incorporate Arnica Balm by massaging it into the area of the muscle
group(s) you just worked out.