BIG Nutrition: Recovery and Inflammation


BIG Nutrition: Recovery and Inflammation

Still recovering from BIG’s Saturday Night Fever? Here are some nutrition options for post-WOD recovery and inflammation reduction:

  • Get hydrated.
    • With temps still approaching the 90’s, the ‘usual’ amount of water is likely not enough. Urine should be lemonade colored.
    • If you sweat a lot, weigh yourself before and after working out and replace with 1.25-1.5 liters/kilogram of body weight (2-3 cups/pound) lost during the workout.
  • Eat deeply colored fruits, specifically, tart cherries, pomegranates, and blueberries.
    • All three of these have small studies supporting their role in reducing muscle soreness.
  • Consume ginger. Ginger appears to have anti-inflammatory properties. Consume in food, chew small amounts, or brew like tea.
  • Use turmeric to season foods.
    • This amount is likely safe for everyone, including pregnant and breastfeeding women.
    • Supplements are not recommended because the amounts (high or low) are not regulated in supplements and the impact for pregnant and breastfeeding women is not known.
    • Do not consume turmeric if you are on a blood thinner; it can interact with this type of medication.
  • Include 7 ounces of fatty fish per week in your intake.
    • Salmon, mackerel, flounder, sardines, and other fatty fish are all rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3’s can also be obtained from non-fish sources, such as, walnuts and chia seeds, although the Omega-3’s might be less available from these sources.
  • Eat protein-rich foods evenly distributed throughout the day.
    • Protein is needed for muscle repair and building. Protein-pacing, or small amounts throughout the day 20-40 grams (3-5 ounces of meat, one scoop protein powder, 1 ½ cups tofu, 1 cup Greek yogurt), is better for repair and building than eating larger quantities of protein in 1-2 meals.

Recovery nutrition is important after every WOD, but with these options and consistent use of them, you may find a reduction in muscle soreness overall.

Happy and healthful eating,

Donna G. Pertel, MEd, RD, LDN

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