Don't screw up your nose...they are actually very yummy. You'll like it I promise...and it will make you feel amazing+++
Well every time you train and become sore, you have inflammation. Where there's pain, there's inflammation. It's all part of the process. It's not necessarily a bad thing. BUT, adding to the inflammation afterwards is definitely not going to help.
Because it will slow down the healing and recovery process meaning you will be sorer for longer and unable to get back to working out as quickly. And since the best results come from intensity and frequency of workouts, this can really inhibit your progress.
How might this happen?
By eating highly acidic foods such as meat and dairy OR by drinking one of those processed protein powders - especially dairy dairy based ones or isolated forms.
What to do?
Use a more alkalizing protein powder post-workout such as rice, pea or hemp protein. Also, realize that protein is just one component of muscle repair. So too are essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6), vitamins, minerals, enzymes, probiotics, antioxidants and a host of other nutritional components that can be found in a variety of plant-based whole foods. So you're best bet is to add these factors into your smoothie.
ENTER THE GREEEEEEN SMOOTHIE....yuussssss!
the fastest way to get major amounts of alkalizing, anti-inflammatory goodness into your body.
*Could also be seen as the lazy person's way to down a salad.
It’s high in anti-oxidants and plant-y goodness and you can make it even better by adding ginger to it if you are particularly sore or have any painful injuries.
AND the bonus is you'll be getting HEAPS of fiber and beneficial plant pigments too. Drink as much as you like - it'll make your skin glow and give you a nice energy boost too! Why not try have one a day for a couple of weeks and notice the difference :)
Here's a recipe adapted from Kris Carr’s book “Crazy Sexy Diet”:
- big fistful of kale, spinach, or other leafy green
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 big broccoli stems
-1 pear or green apple
-1 inch of ginger (or less) + 1/4 of a lime
There are a gazillion green smoothie recipes on the internet. Just Google "green smoothie recipes" and you'll have no end of delicious smoothies to choose from. There, I even did it for you...just click on the link :) You can also check out some of the smoothie recipes on my "Awesome Eats" page.