Spartans like to be healthy; it is part of the plan of bettering yourself. As you move from the couch to the course, one of the biggest things you do to become a better athlete is looking at what you put into your body, when you do so, and how much. Many times, Spartans like to consider recovery or ways to get over a common cold. How do I get more vitamins and minerals in my diet to aid in overall health and recovery? Well, we have a handful of health home remedies that you should consider implementing in your diet to get these advantages.
Want to find a way to step up your game and improve your overall health? Look in your cupboard or fridge: there are likely items that you can use that are cost effective, do not require a degree in nutrition to understand, do not follow any particular diet or plan, and will immediately provide gains in your health. These three items are lemon, apple cider vinegar, and baking soda.
Each of these items will help in your nutrition plan, help aid in recovery, or set up a foundation of good health within your body.
Lemons are one of the cheapest and easiest to get and use items to provide a magnitude of benefits. They are refreshing, nourishing, and packed with vitamins such as vitamins C, B6, A, and E. They also contain phosphorus, folate, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, copper, and calcium. You can also find magnesium, iron, potassium, and zinc in lemons, which are all commonly depleted within the body during endurance events. Multi-vitamin? Not me: I just squeeze half a lemon in some water and I am good to go. Lemons are also low in calories, about 25–30 calories for an entire lemon. Lemon is also super simple to get, use, and ingest. Sounds too good to be true! Another interesting fact is that the lemon peel can be used as well, and it too contains a wealth of health benefits.
It should be mentioned that you should not overdo using lemons because they are acidic and can cause upset stomach and problems for your teeth. So use lemons every so often and make sure you do not take too much to cause these issues.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another cheap, easy-to-get home remedy that allows you to gain health benefits through its use. Putting about a teaspoon in eight ounces of water daily can help to maintain blood sugar levels, promote weight loss, and improve health. Although it does not contain dozens of vitamins and minerals, it does have potassium and is low in sodium, both of which are helpful in recovery when doing endurance events. It is also good for when you want to do a “cleanse” of your body which helps to reboot your system, removing waste, fat, and impurities from your body. It can also help reduce inflammation. This is another commonly used item that can provide a wealth of benefits when used as part of your nutrition plan.
It, like lemons, also has side effects. First, just like lemons, do not take too much. If you take it on an empty stomach it is said to provide the best benefit especially if mixed with a little honey (another great, cheap, easy home remedy!) to help make it taste better. Although it can aid in digestion, it is not suggested that you overdo it. Apple cider vinegar is acetic acid, and if you are diabetic, taking too much can cause low blood sugar. As with any nutrition plan change, make sure you consider everything before you implement a new change to your diet.
It should also be mentioned that you should purchase apple cider vinegar that contains “the mother,” an active bacterial culture, which is what provides many of benefits covered here.
First and foremost, this is probably one of the oldest known remedies and was commonly used a as way to help with cold or sickness recovery or indigestion, and which provides many benefits. When mixed with apple cider vinegar, it is said to have the ability to reduce inflammation and create an alkaline environment in your body. You can do this with lemon as well.
So, are there any cons? First off, this is not something you take every day multiple times a day all the time. This is cycled in. It is best used when you have a cold, are starting to feel sick, have nausea, and occasionally for the health benefits. If you want to take it as a way to reduce inflammation, you should do so occasionally and not ingest large amounts of baking soda daily. Too much baking soda will cause problems such as high sodium, cramps, and possibly increased stomach acid production. You should cycle in baking soda occasionally to get the benefits, but not overdo it!
Lemon, apple cider vinegar, and baking soda can be mixed and all be taken on an empty stomach, but heed the warnings in this article first before starting this regimen. Please do not make any changes to your diet without consulting a health professional if you feel you are at risk or have diabetes or other health concerns. As you can see, many of the health benefits being discussed are to reduce inflammation. When you work out, do endurance events, or tax your body, you create inflammation. Using these home remedies can help, but there are side effects that should be considered. Lastly, remember that you should not overdo anything, but if you incorporate some of these ideas smartly, you can and will see health benefits that can aid in recovery as well as keeping a high level of general health. Aroo!
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