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How to Replenish Your Body after a Workout

By Mike Webber

You may know that eating properly prior to a workout will provide you with the necessary energy and endurance. Yet, replenishing your body after a workout is even more critical. Feeding your body the proper nutrients post-gym session helps to repair muscle tissue and replenish glycogen stores, which are wiped out during strenuous exercise. By restoring the correct balance of nutrients and electrolytes, the body is able to endure training on a regular basis. While exercise can be an appetite suppressant, drinking a fruit juice or something similar can work wonders. Products such as Monavie are highly recommended due to their density. The juice contains superfruit, like the ašai berry, and an optimal carbohydrate level to replenish glycogen when ingested shortly after a workout.

Liquid-based foods are beneficial because they are absorbed quickly by the body. Though carbohydrates have received a bad name, they are actually necessary for a variety of bodily functions. Exercise draws on the carbohydrates stored within the body making it important to include them in post-workout nutrition. Waiting longer than two hours to eat or drink a source of carbohydrates after exercise decreases their effectiveness.

Fueling up post-workout also aids in strengthening and building muscles, which are torn during exercise. This tearing and rebuilding of muscle fibers is what creates muscle tone. While the goal of exercise is to use energy and burn fat, nutrients are lost in the process. Replacing these nutrients makes workouts more effective. After exercise, focus on getting water, carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, and antioxidants. While some sports drinks are sugar based and ineffective in restoring the bodily essentials, a fruit juice such as Monavie is packed with potent antioxidants, fiber, nutrients, and an appropriate carbohydrate ratio. Add some protein, such as a hard boiled egg, low fat cottage cheese, or lean meat, and you'll have a quick, nutritious snack that replenishes your body after a workout.

For optimal health include nutritionally sound drinks or foods in your post-gym regimen. Ensure that your body has the necessary tools to gain strength and improve overall fitness. By caring for your body and replenishing nutrients after exercise, you'll be able to achieve the results you desire.


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