Too busy to book in for a massage? Our resident nutritionist Virginnia Thomas from Nourishing Pantry gives us four home remedies for dealing with sore muscles.
1. Epsom Salt Bath Soak
You can pick up some epsom salt from any health store. Add a cup in a warm bath and soak for 15 minutes. I like to add my favourite essential oil for a really special soak … assuming the kids aren't banging on the door.
2. Add magnesium to your diet
You can increase magnesium from foods such as molasses, pumpkin seeds (pepitas), spinach, Swiss chard, cocoa powder – yep, good quality chocolate has magnesium, black beans, flaxseeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds and cashews.
3. Get the right vitamins
Omega 3 from fish or fish oil supplements can help to reduce inflammation. Vitamin C is involved in collagen production so essential for healthy muscles. Vitamin E helps reduce the oxidative stress caused by exercise so after a workout snack on a small handful of almonds (six to nine pieces), some almond milk (unsweetened), sunflower seeds or even avocado splashed with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt (also essential). This is because Sodium Chloride (salt) helps maintain normal blood pressure. It also helps with muscle contraction and helps cells to absorb water and nutrients by transporting them across the cell membrane.
4. DIY self-massage
Massage the area gently with your favourite oil. Coconut oil is all the rage at the moment.
Remember if it is more than just a post exercise, “healthy” sore get it checked out at iMove Physiotherapy
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Blogger Mommy Potamus shares her DIY warming rub recipe for sore muscles that includes eucalyptus oil and cayenne pepper
Blog One Good Thing About Jillee has a recipe for muscle repair that the writer uses on her teenage son with a skeletal disorder
Do you have any home remedies for sore muscles? Let us know in the comments below.