Muscle Soreness Relief Through Diet
Warmer weather and outdoor activities may lead to muscle soreness, but diet can help!
Spring is here, although the weather isnt quite cooperating in the Chicagoland area, we know that warmer temperatures are on the way. With warmer weather comes outside activities running, biking, beach volleyball, tennis, softball and kickball leagues. In many cases people have taken a winter hiatus from these outdoor activities leaving them vulnerable to considerable muscle stiffness and soreness after the first few times back in action. This muscle soreness is also known as delayed onset muscle soreness, common after engaging in an infrequent strenuous workout.
Relieving Muscle Soreness
While many think simple stretching will bring muscle pain relief, there is more you can do. Diet plays a big role in muscle recovery, but finding the right diet may not be as simple as you think. There is plenty of research out there that supports a certain food or antioxidant that can help with muscle soreness. For example, a group of exercise physiologists at Rutgers University just released a study showing that a group of people who took a black tea extract supplement for nine days had considerable less pain after a strenuous workout than a placebo group did. They suggest one or two cups of tea a day to take in the antioxidant catechin to decrease inflammation and prevent soreness. Sure, you can piece together all of the individual foods out there that are shown to help with inflammation that leads to muscle stiffness and soreness. Or you can get Diet Typing and tested for food sensitivities and create a specific individualized diet for your unique body.
The Hauser Diet for Muscle Soreness
Lets take a look at how the Hauser Diet can help in preventing muscle soreness. The key word is RECOVERY. You have to allow your body to recover from a strenuous workout or activity. Proper recovery allows for connective tissue healing. The body has tremendous regenerative capabilities but one must never forget the fact that many different factors affect connective tissue healing. To grow ligaments, tendons, or for that matter to heal any bodily structure, it is safe to say that the whole gamut of essential nutrients are needed. This means the spectrum of amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and trace elements that are supposed to be consumed in a healthy diet. Unfortunately many recreational athletes do nothing to ensure they get a healthy intake of food. Carbohydrates and protein are needed to recover, but in amounts according to individual Diet Type in order to keep physiology balanced and tissue regeneration capitalized.
Dont Forget Food Sensitivities
Additionally, food sensitivities can lead to inflammation of the blood that contributes to pain, stiffness and injury. Many sports articles say that chocolate milk or peanut butter toast are excellent recovery foods but what if the person is dairy or gluten intolerant? Instead of providing healing these foods cause harm to the recovering tissue.
If Muscle Soreness Turns to Injury
Put simply, Diet Typing reveals the best ratio of carbohydrates, protein and fat to consume to ensure tissue recovery. When combined with food sensitivities and the other principles of the Hauser Diet, the recreational athlete can be sure to enjoy this seasons outdoor activities without worrying about excessive muscle pain and stiffness, and even worse injury. In the case that injury does occur, dont delay in calling Caring Medical right away. We use a treatment called Prolotherapy to heal athletic injuries and get you back in the game enjoying your spring and summer sports.
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