Sore muscles are a total bummer, but luckily we’ve got some natural tips to help ease those achy muscles.
What causes muscle pain?
Muscle pain can be caused by a variety of issues including hard workouts, dehydration, lack of certain nutrients, and fibromyalgia, etc. The cause of the muscle soreness will also determine the type of treatment that may help to provide relief.
Exercise-Related Aches & Pains
These are often due to minor muscle damage done during exercise, dehydration, and insufficient nutrients and electrolytes provided post-exercise.
Relieve exercise-related muscle soreness with:
1. Tart Cherry Juice
Research suggests that the anthocyanins (a compound loaded with antioxidants) may help to reduce inflammation within the muscle.
2. Beet Juice
Beets are loaded with natural electrolytes- potassium and sodium, and can help to naturally replenish electrolytes lost through sweat during an exercise bout. Other electrolyte-rich beverages that may help to replenish those lost through sweat include coconut water, and other juices made of red, orange, and yellow produce.
New research is suggesting that drinking 1-2 cups of coffee pre-workout may help to prevent or reduce post-exercise muscle soreness due to its ability to block adenosine, a compound that can cause pain.