Regular exercise is key to a healthy mind, body, and spirit. One way to help the body rebound is to drink the best juice for muscle recovery. This recipe employs the healing power of both beets and cucumbers, working together to reduce post-workout soreness and fatigue.
What’s In This Article?
Why Do Muscles Fatigue?
Muscle fatigue is the reduction in the force generated by muscles from use or due to medical issues. Generally speaking, muscles can fatigue for a variety of reasons, but the most common (and the one we’re addressing here) is the build-up of lactic acid in muscle tissue (1).
During certain types of exercise, like interval training and weight lifting, our muscles go into anaerobic respiration. This differs from aerobic exercise in that it increases the amount of lactic acid in the muscles, causing fatigue (2).
How to Recover Sore Muscles Faster
- Massage Your Muscles – massage using a foam roller, massage gun, or your hands can help move the fatigue-causing lactic acid out of your muscles more quickly.
- Ice for Inflammation – cold therapy with ice packs or plunge tanks helps tackle post-exercise inflammation.
- Rest Up – nothing beats rest when it comes to healing our bodies, whether from exercise or illness.
- Make Food Your Friend – different foods like watermelon, tart cherries, and beets aid in post-workout muscle recovery.
Why Beets for Muscle Recovery?
Beets are known to speed up muscle recovery (5). Beet juice is a good source of potassium. This mineral acts as an electrolyte, helping muscles and nerves function properly (6). Low potassium levels are a known cause of muscle cramping, weakness, and fatigue.
Potassium also increases blood flow to muscles, aiding in the movement of metabolic byproducts (like lactic acid) and allowing muscle tissues to recover more quickly (7).
Beets may improve exercise stamina by increasing levels of nitrates in blood plasma, which reduces the amount of oxygen needed in the muscles during training (8). Also beneficial is beet’s potential ability to reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and speed muscle recovery (9).
Cucumbers also get into the muscle recovery act thanks to their wonderfully hydrating properties and vitamins and minerals like vitamin C (also in that lemon!) and magnesium, which helps with muscle recovery (10, 11).
Best Juicer for Daily Use
I made the Red Rogue on the Nama J2! I’ve found it to be the best juicer for daily use, and I love it!
Why do I use this juicer the most of the many, many juicers I own? Because it’s so damn easy to use! All you have to do is drop chunks of produce into the top hopper, close the lid, and let it rip! If it fits you can juice it without the need to chop everything up into tiny bits.
You also don’t lose on yield or nutrient extraction, as this is still a true cold-press machine – an important criterion for any serious juicer. This model is designed for the person looking to get a lot of great juice fast and easily without giving up an ounce of quality.
Here’s the Recipe!Print
More Juice for Muscle Recovery
Add to your post-workout routine with more delicious juice for muscle recovery!
- Keep hydrated after working out to replenish those electrolytes with this juice.
- Pure beet juice and molasses are a potent way to help those muscles recover while keeping your iron levels up.
- Fresh coconut water is another great source of electrolytes.
Post a comment below if you try this recipe. We’d LOVE to hear from you!