You know that stiff, sore, can’t-take-the-stairs feeling you get the day after a hard workout? The one where you wonder why on earth you ever thought exercise was a good idea?

Yep, we’ve all been there. Turns out, there’s a delicious, juicy solution to those sore muscles…and I’m going to let you in on the secret!

If you want to get technical, that day-after-pain is called delayed-onset muscle soreness. Micro tears in our muscles cause inflammation—and that hurts. Most people just take over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen or panadol to calm things down.

But what if there were a more natural way?

After all, the use of these NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) has been linked to nasty GI (gastrointestinal) side effects, including (but not limited to) stomach ulcers, intestinal bleeding, and nausea. (I spent three days in hospital with all three of those when I was a teenager after taking NSAIDs for Rheumatoid Arthritis for a few months). Ibuprofen is the best of the lot if we’re going to take something, but the chances are statistically significant (between .2 and 1%) that we’ll end up at the doctor’s office, or even hospital, because of it.

I’m not done, because NSAIDs might also cause leaky gut syndrome and inflammation of our bowels. 

Yikes, right? No, thank you! So, what can we “take” instead? The answer, surprisingly (or maybe not!) is plant-based. 

The answer, my beautiful, active family, is watermelon.

Researchers conducted a study in Spain in which men engaged in intense physical activity after drinking two cups of fresh blended watermelon. The control group drank a watermelon-free placebo drink. 

Guess who didn’t feel as sore the next day? Yep, the ones who drank the watermelon…

It’s pretty interesting to learn that fruits and vegetables can offer the key to designing new, better and natural remedies to common problems like muscle soreness.

But hey, why take any supplements at all when we can get exactly what we need straight from the source?

Want to learn more about eating for your best health and happiest body? Grab my book Healthy, Sexy, Vegan. Get all the juicy details here.

xx

Donna

 

Sources:

Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM https://nutritionfacts.org

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