Eating for Recovery


Exercise does not build your body; it fundamentally breaks it down. It is during rest and recovery that your body repairs the broken down tissue and initiates the physiological processes that result in a stronger and leaner body. While rest is key, one of the most important factors of the recovery process is how you fuel your body. Eating the right foods can help reduce soreness, restore normal central nervous system function, provide the nutrients necessary for repair and growth, and replenish glycogen stores so you have the energy for your next intense training session. Build that slim and sassy body by including these foods in your regular diet.

Eating the right foods can help reduce soreness, restore normal central nervous system function, provide the nutrients necessary for repair and growth, and replenish glycogen stores so you have the energy for your next intense training session.

4. Wild caught fatty fish.

There is a reason—many of them—why many American adults take fish oil daily, making it the most popular natural supplement. Along with the known cardiovascular, nervous, and immune system function supporting properties of omega-3 fatty acids, research suggests that they may assist protein metabolism and help alleviate the discomfort associated with intense exercise. If the taste or cost of salmon or other fatty fish is off-putting, xEO Mega® offers similar benefits in a convenient gel capsule.*

5. Fermented foods.

Yogurt, kefir, kimchi, and other fermented foods seem to be all the rage in current nutrition research as we continue to discover how important gut microbiota is for overall wellness. By supporting healthy proliferation of beneficial bacteria (probiotics), fermented foods improve nutrient absorption, support metabolism, and boost immune system function so that you wake up the day after a tough workout feeling better than before. If you don’t enjoy the taste, supplementing with PB Assist®+ may provide the probiotic support you need.*

6. Spices (turmeric, ginger, cinnamon).

Antioxidant support is the name of the game when discussing exercise recovery. Recent research suggests that rhizome plants such as turmeric and ginger offer unique compounds that can support muscle and joint function and comfort.* Turmeric contains curcumin, which has been found to decrease inflammatory cytokines and delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).* Other studies have suggested that adding ginger and cinnamon to your diet may reduce recovery time and decrease muscular discomfort after strenuous exercise.* Add a pinch of spice to your protein shake or take your supplement regimen up a notch by including Deep Blue Polyphenol Complex®, which contains extracts of turmeric and ginger.

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