The reason why I’m asking if you are taking a supplement for your recovery is because a friend of mine who is also a client mentioned how sore she was this morning and when I had mentioned a supplement called L- Glutamine she was unsure what it would do!
I thought this would be a great opportunity for me to share my Top 3 Supplements For Exercise Recovery. You’ve probably heard me mention that eating an organic whole food balanced diet is by far the best way to ensure your body is getting the nutrients it needs, but even then, there are still some great nutrients we could benefit from during muscle and exercise recovery! These three supplements are specifically designed to help aide in muscle recovery, the building of lean muscle, boost the metabolism and burn more body fat!
If any of these sound like something you’re working towards, keep reading!
We may as well go ahead and just start with the one that got us on this topic, and that was L-Glutamine.
1. L – GLUTAMINE – Is an Amino Acid that’s found in our muscles, there’s actually more L-Glutamine in the muscle than any other Amino Acid. During your workout you could deplete your L-Glutamine stores by more than 35%! One of the functions of L-Glutamine is to naturally create HGH (Human Growth Hormone) which plays a major roll in how much fat we burn. For ladies this is even more important because your bodies do not produce nearly the same amount of Testosterone as men do, so you need it more for muscle recovery.
If you’re sore a lot and you’re looking for some assistance, try taking 5 grams about 20 minutes after your workout and you could even take 5 before bed.
2. BCAA’s – We just talked about a great Amino Acid, and number two is similar only this is a Branch Chain Amino Acid. BCAA’s are essential to building muscle, and are made up of leucine, isoleucine, and valine. Amino Acids are simply what you have when the body breaks down the protein we eat at a molecular level so it can be used by the body. They are stored in high concentration in the muscle and are depleted during our workout. Supplementing with them helps muscle recovery by filling the muscle with the nutrients it needs and can also help us avoid muscle protein breakdown.
No matter what type of exercise you’re working on it is ALWAYS a good idea to give the muscle what it needs to be healthy, and if you’d like to try BCAA’s try 5 grams before and after your workout, either in a pill form or a powder form in your drink!
3. Beta Alanine – Here’s another great Amino Acid you should know about, especially if you’re doing any endurance work, like running long distance, or even lifting weights for more than an hour at a time. What happens in the body as a result of intense long duration’s of Anaerobic exercise is we build up Lactic Acid. This is what gives us the burning feeling in the muscles and if not dealt with quick enough it can cause serious fatigue and loss of energy! Beta Alanine naturally increases L-Carnosine in the muscle cells ultimately diluting the lactic acid and giving you a chance to work out longer and harder!
So if you’re trying to burn a lot of calories by working out for long periods of time or are just working out for long periods of time because you love it, Beta Alanine is great supplement to consider. You can get it in a pill form and take 2 servings per day or about 3 grams.
Working hard is the name of the game, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, so do yourself a favor and give the body what it needs so you can take your health and fitness to the next level!