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One of the main causes of exercise avoidance and a big downside of working out is the pain that follows. DOMS, or delayed onset muscle soreness, takes about 24 to 72 hours to kick in after each session. The soreness comes from microscopic damage to muscle fibers as opposed to lactic acid, which is a common misconception. However, studies have shown that three natural and delicious foods can help ease the soreness.

The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry found that watermelon juice eased muscle soreness in athletes. L-citrulline, an amino acid that boosts blood flow and oxygen in muscles, is the compound responsible for reducing pain when consumed approximately one hour before each workout. If watermelon is in short supply until picnic season, ginger root also works. A 2010 study published in the Journal of Pain found that exercisers who took daily ginger supplements for 11 days experienced 25% less muscle pain. The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports also published a study stating that the anti-inflammatory properties of cherry juice are believed to be responsible for reducing muscle damage and helping to speed recovery. A 12-24 ounce mixture of cherry and apple juice once a day or prior to an athletic event is recommended.

Aside from watermelon, ginger and cherries, ask about NanoGreens at your next chiropractic visit. Not only do NanoGreens support exercise recovery and energy, they also help promote optimal blood sugar levels, healthy immunity, regularity and detoxification. They are low carb, low glycemic, no sugar added, all natural and vegan friendly. They also promote an alkaline environment to help regulate the body’s pH. And don’t forget to reserve your spot for our Tai Chi class on Wednesday, November 13 at 7:15 pm as availability is limited.