What You Need to Win Your Own ‘World Cup’

The media is buzzing as the nations across the world are watching the showcase of expectations, pressure, high emotions, surprising wins and disappointments. Whether you are getting up early to watch your favorite soccer team play live, switching your screen from game updates to that excel file you’re supposed to be working on, or just seeing people line up at the bar to go watch the game – the Word Cup Soccer is on!

We are not ALL pro athletes, but we have our own World Cup to conquer – from busy school schedules, heavy workloads, or being a parent 24/7… the list is endless. Perhaps grabbing a coffee break feels like a goal scoring moment or hitting the pillow after a not-so successful day feels like you just missed the net. So, we might not be pro-athletes, but exercise can help us succeed.

Here are some herbs and spices that give the extra boost so we can thrive at what feels like our own (sometimes endless) World Cup!

  • Reduce post-workout muscle soreness and pain – use ¾ tsp of ginger or cinnamon every day. Both spices have shown to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress. Turmeric, cayenne pepper, fresh basil and oregano are other favorites!
  • Support muscle recovery – sip on Dandelion Tea after your workout. Dandelion root is a gentle cleanser as it cools the liver and supports quick recovery after workouts.
  • Exercise for up to 16% longer – a placebo-controlled study shows that drinking beetroot juice does just that! Level up your workout and stamina, naturally!
  • Kick it up a notch with adaptogens. These herbs are tonics that balance the body functions as we encounter stressors like heat, cold, fatigue and emotional stress. They reduce stress, enhance the immune system, and relieve mental and physical fatigue. Look for these herbs in your teas, supplements and beverages – Ginseng, Ashwagandha, Schisandra, Astragalus, and Licorice to name a few.

 

The list of benefits from herbs are endless; pick one of your favorites and try it in your daily routine for couple of weeks!

…what’s your goal-scoring moment today?

By Zita Resnais-Dattilo

 

References:
http://jap.physiology.org/content/early/2010/11/11/japplphysiol.01070.2010.short
http://www.gssiweb.org/Article/sse-96-herbs-and-athletes
http://herb.holistic.com/holistic/learning.nsf/ed8732a8bed2f2a4872569060015ca74/3e71d97ca31e535887256a4f00575907!OpenDocument
http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/ginger-relieves-muscle-pain-your-workout
https://eastmeetswest.com/herbs-for-sports-performance/
http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/less-1-tsp-ginger-and-cinnamon-daily-relieves-muscle-soreness-athletes1
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2129138/
http://www.chiro.org/nutrition/FULL/Adaptogenic_Herbs.shtml

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