You may be working out more as the holidays approach, hoping to head off all of those extra calories that are coming. If you are also feeling some extra muscle soreness, you may not have to reach for your usual pain pills.
The cause of this pain, according to researchers is the inflammation that surrounds the tiny micro tears that happen in muscles after a workout. This usually happens when muscles are pushed beyond their usual workload. But now there are new answers.
Care2 just spotlighted some simple new ways to soothe pain that really work, according to my sources.
Try tart cherry or blueberry juice
The juice of these dark, antioxidant-rich berries has been shown to relieve muscle soreness, acting on the inflammation in the muscles. According to a study done by researchers at the University of Oregon, tart cherry juice is as effective as aspirin in treating inflammation. My aunt recently went through a bout with gout and her doctor had her drink tart cherry juice. The juice went to work and her gout went away.
Prevention also supports the pain relief powers of these juices and says they also help relieve gout as they lower the levels of uric acid and help insomnia, proving to be great sleep inducers.
Another friend of mine, who has an ongoing problem with arthritis in his knee, is now reporting great results in relief with blueberry and tart cherry juice.
This could be a real breakthrough for all of the people fighting arthritis in knees, ankles and other joints. Drinking tart cherry or blueberry juice is a much healthier choice than taking round after round of pain medications.
Care 2 also notes caffeine, sufficient water in the body’s system, and curcumin can work as pain relievers too.
Caffeine helps relieve muscle pain
Researchers have already told us caffeine helps burn fat, but now it turns out just a small amount of caffeine can soothe muscle soreness too. For a 175-pound man, it only takes about 16 milligrams of caffeine, and the average cup of coffee contains about 95 milligrams. Caffeine also worked for women and as many as 48 percent showed less soreness with the use of small amounts of caffeine.
Try cooking with Tumeric.
The spice turmeric is packed with curcumin that provides anti-inflammatory properties. You can choose to cook with turmeric, or pop a few turmeric pills before a workout.
Water works on sore muscles too.
Water is essential for overall health and is especially important in workouts. For best results, stay hydrated in the 24 hours before your workout and immediately following your sweat session.
Skipping pain medications and opting for tart cherry or blueberry juice, spices like Tumeric, a cup of coffee, and water before and after your workout could be your heathiest choice. Less really becomes a lot more!
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