We tend to put more emphasis on what fuels our bodies before our workout than after. But what you fuel your body with post-workout can be just as important as the workout itself. In order to reap the benefits of your workout regiment, you need to load your body with nutrients. In fact, you should refuel your body within 30 minutes after your workout. The easiest and quickest way to do so is with post-workout beverages. Below are 9 of the highest rated post-workout drinks according to experts.
1.) Chocolate milk
You’re never too old for a delicious, delicate glass of chocolate milk. Me, I prefer strawberry milk, but I won’t judge you if you’re a chocolate milk drinker. In fact, according to experts, chocolate milk is not only the best tasting – it’s also the best option. It is a great post-workout drink because it combines proteins and carbohydrates into one lip-licking, exquisite beverage. Both protein and carbohydrates are super important to help refuel and replenish your body. Besides protein and carbohydrates, chocolate milk is an excellent source of calcium, potassium, sodium, and magnesium.
2.) A Protein Shake
Protein shakes contain everything your body needs after a sweat sesh. The most important aspect of a protein shake is making sure you’re selecting the right ingredients. Every protein shake needs to have three elements: protein, carbs, and fat. While store bought protein shakes are convenient, experts assert that homemade protein shakes with plenty of fruit, ice, milk, nut butters, and high-quality protein powders are your best bet.
3.) Orange juice
There is nothing like a glass of fresh-squeezed OJ. Despite what you might think, orange juice is not simply a breakfast drink. It’s also a refreshing post-workout drink. In addition to providing immune-boosting vitamin C, it provides potassium and electrolytes, which help in the muscle healing process.
Water is an ageless classic. It’s refreshing, cooling, and hydrating. Plus, since you’re sweating during a workout, it’s important to replenish your fluids. While ordinary water is beneficial, mineral water is the superior choice. It is the amount of electrolytes that sets mineral water apart from normal water. Whether you are partial to tap or sparkling water, make sure you are drinking your water during and after your session.
5.) Sport drinks
While drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade provide valuable hydration, energy, and electrolytes, experts recommend you make your own. By producing your own sport drinks you are reducing your consumption of added sugars, artificial colors, and flavorings found in mass produced sport drinks.
6.) Coconut water
If you thought tap water and mineral water were your only options when it came to H2O, then think again. Coconut water is a rich, refreshing drink loaded with electrolytes likes magnesium and potassium.
7.) Beetroot juice
Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galatica. Beet juice is overflowing with nutrients, such as vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, iron, sodium, potassium, an electrolytes. In fact, studies show that drinking beetroot juice increases plasma nitrate levels and boosts physical performance.
8.) Cherry juice
Research shows that consuming the little red fruits in liquid form has certain benefits, such as speeding up your recovery time. It also helps with decreasing muscle damage and reducing inflammation.
Coffee – everyone’s favorite. While coffee possess some positive qualities, such as decreasing muscle pain, it is the least influential drink on our list. Why? Coffee tends to be dehydrating, which is the exact opposite of what you want after a workout. Having said that, drinking coffee before a workout can potentially enhance your performance.
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Well + Good
June 13, 2020