The 10 BEST Drinks AFTER A WORKOUT & WHY
WRITTEN BY MEG EDITED BY ABIGAIL FEWEL MS, RD, LDN
Working dehydrates you, increases your adrenaline levels and heart rate, and deplete electrolytes. So what are the best things you can drink after a workout?
Nothing beats water when it comes to hydration. Water has zero calories, so if you are trying to lose weight, it does not get simpler and more effective than this.
A step above water, this is handy if you are looking to replenish electrolytes after an intense workout. Unlike sports drinks, this will not be high in the added sugars and calories.
This has an incredibly high amount of potassium. About 10 times more than the amount found in popular sports drinks to be exact. With an optimal sodium to potassium ratio this does a better job at replenishing electrolytes without the spike in blood pressure.
Studies show that this tea can help burn more calories from fat ,thanks to the antioxidants and caffeine content. If your goal is to lose weight, green tea can be good to try.
Studies suggest that the antioxidants in tart cherry juice have the power to decrease muscle inflammation. Associated with faster muscle recovery this is especially good after high-intensity workouts.
Avocados are high in potassium, an important electrolyte you lose through sweat. A body depleted of potassium may experience cramping and twitching.
Experts believe that it’s a great post-workout drink as it contains protein, and simple carbohydrates, all of which help rebuild after working out.
Consuming blueberries may help reduce cramping, inflammation, and muscle pain, making these little berries an excellent post-workout ingredient for juicing.
Sports drinks are formulated to contain high amounts of electrolytes. But be mindful of which you choose. On average, sports drinks contain 56 to 76 grams of added sugar per bottle.
Health professionals recommend consuming around 20 to 40 g of protein shortly after working out. So, try a smoothie, or protein shake especially if you feel hungry and tired after.
Choose the drink appropriate for your workout. if you have worked up a sweat, try a drink with electrolytes. If you have had an intense muscle training session, try a drink with more glucose.
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