By Lori Kenyon Farley
Are you looking for more natural ways to fuel your workout? Have you been relying on energy drinks and coffee to give you that early morning or later afternoon energy boost? Replace caffeine, chemicals and dyes with freshly made juice to get a nutritious, sustainable buzz.
Juice provides an abundance of nutrients that support any fitness routine. They enhance workouts by increasing hydration and providing important nutrients to support exercise, muscle development and strength. Depending on your ingredients, juice can also help reduce inflammation and speed recovery.
Chlorophyll, the green pigment in plants, helps oxygenate blood, creating increased brain function and physical energy. Greens also contain plant protein, which will help with muscle recovery post workout.
Rich in nitrates, beets help increase blood oxygen levels and have been shown to boost endurance by as much as 18%. Juice some up with oranges and carrots for a sweet treat full of anti-oxidants and vitamin C that will fuel your workout while helping your immune system.
Coconut water is full of electrolytes and potassium, but important for fighting fatigue and preventing muscle cramps. You can drink a bottle by itself or add it to you fruit juice to cut calories and sugar while supporting your fitness goals. Make sure you either crack open your own young coconut or purchase raw coconut water. The live enzymes are essential to absorption and won’t be in the pasteurized version.
Pineapple contains an enzyme called Bromelain which helps reduce inflammation. Drinking a juice containing pineapple will help fuel your workout and speed recovery.
Making a juice or smoothie containing a combination of leafy greens and fruit and/or coconut water will be the best choice pre workout, as it will give you a wide range of nutrients and energy to help you get the most out of your workout.
What’s your favorite pre workout juice or snack?