When someone has worked out HARD with me I always want to make sure they are not going to be so sore that they have a hard time functioning in the next few days. Often times they will tell me, "Wow I am going to be super sore tomorrow." Well I did a little research on this very topic wondering if I can recommend specific foods they can consume to offset DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness). There is a lot of research out there and I found that some of the same foods came up in almost every article that I read. So here ya go!
Tart Cherries were the number one food I kept on coming across in almost every article I read. These have many anti-inflammatory properties and boost the production of melatonin. Many articles listed cherries as well as dark colored berries such as blueberries, blackberries, and plums, all of which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Tumeric was high on the list as well for it's natural healing properties and for naturally helping with inflammation. Ginger was high on the list for its anti-inflammatory, anticarcinogenic, and antioxidant properties and processes at a cellular level. Eggs were listed several times because they are a great source of muscle building protein. They also help reduce inflammation and are loaded with antioxidants.
Nuts and almonds especially were listed sever times because they are known for improving bones with their Omega-3 an Omega-6 fatty acids. And of course, Salmon was all over the board because it is high in Omega-3 fats and has an anti-inflammatory effect. So I wrote all of these foods down and the next time someone has a tough workout with me, I will just hand them this list so they can go straight to the grocery store!! Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did writing it!
Sources: Runnersworld.com, Poliquingroup.com, and Eatingwell.com