As big a part of my life as the IT world is, it’s not the only thing I think about. I also happen to be an avid fitness enthusiast! I believe exercise and wellness are big parts of leading a happy, healthy, and successful life, and I’d like to pass that on to you.
In this series, I’ll share simple and effective tips and insight for leading a healthier life. Keep these in mind, and you’ll be surprised by how soon you feel a difference!
This week I’ll be sharing a few of the benefits of giving tart cherry juice a try.
There is no shortage of products available on the market today that are geared towards the active set. Protein bars, sports drinks, and dietary supplements are sold as a great way to add a little something extra to your diet, especially pre or post-workout. And while some of these products are in fact a healthy option, they can’t replace the function “real” food plays in both your diet and your workout regime.
Studies have found that the best way to take care of the muscle damage caused by athletic activity is to stop it from happening in the first place, and a great way to help do just that is to drink tart cherry juice on a routine basis. That achy feeling you end up with the day after a workout? That’s inflammation caused by the strain you’ve put on your muscles. Tart cherries are considered to be a “super food,” and are known to have anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce the amount of muscle damage caused by a workout.
If you’re looking to give yourself a bit of an advantage heading into something like a marathon, drinking tart cherry juice for a few days before the race and a few days afterward can help to minimize muscle damage. Cherries won’t make you run faster, but they’ll make you hurt less the next day which is a pretty great benefit.
Tart cherry juice isn’t just good for helping to make your workouts a little easier on your body. Tart cherries are also a natural source of melatonin. If that word sounds familiar to you, it’s likely because you’ve seen it at the drug store. Melatonin is commonly prescribed for mild insomnia, and it’s a chemical naturally produced by the human body. Specifically, it’s the chemical that helps to regulate our sleep. Drinking tart cherry juice twice a day – once in the morning and once before bed – can help to boost your body’s melatonin levels, giving you a better night’s sleep.
Whether you’re interested in trying tart cherry juice as a part of your workout routine or to help you get a little more rest, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
Varieties like Montmorency or Balaton are known as sour cherries, which is what tart cherries are more commonly called. Sweeter varieties may be tasty, but they don’t have the same properties as tart cherries. If you’re looking to pick up tart cherry juice, make sure you’re buying juice or concentrate that has no added sugar. Pay attention to the serving recommendations listed on the bottle, and don’t be afraid to mix the juice half and half with water if you find the flavor a little too intense for your liking. There’s no need to torture your taste buds!
Add a little tart cherry juice to your diet, and enjoy a slightly more comfortable and well-rested life.