4 Foods To Promote Post-Exercise Healing

Exercise causes inflammation and muscle breakdown.

Help your body recover from sport-related damage with these five foods:

1. Yogurt

¾ Cup of yogurt will provide about 10 gm of protein, which has been shown to reduce muscle soreness.

2. Tart cherries

Drinking tart cherry juice before and after exercise has been shown to reduce muscle damage, preserve function and limit pain.

3. Sardines

Getting enough calcium helps reduce stress fractures. This small fish is an excellent non-dairy source of calcium and vitamin D.

4. Walnuts

A small handful of walnuts meets your daily need of alpha-linoleic fat, which fights inflammation and helps muscle rebuild.

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