Whether you’re a weekend warrior, an avid athlete, or someone who constantly finds themselves on their feet, sore muscles are likely just a part of your life. And while occasionally reaching for Advil or Aspirin is probably fine, natural remedies are always a great option to try — especially if you find sore muscles are more than an occasional occurrence. (Of course, it’s always best to speak with your doctor before trying anything, natural or not.)
If you’ve been searching for a natural remedy to tight, achey muscles, try one of these options below. They’re cheap, simple, and most work to treat the actual issue — inflammation — instead of just the symptoms.
Make Golden Milk Or Ginger Tea
If you’re feeling sore from an extra hard workout, or if rainy or cold weather has your joints feeling stiff, consider brewing yourself a cup or two of golden milk or ginger tea. Golden milk, which is made from a combination of ground turmeric, non-diary milk, and sometimes a dash of black pepper, is a calming, inflammation-lowering drink — thanks mostly to the amazing anti-inflammatory power of turmeric.
Because turmeric requires a fat source to absorb properly in the body, and coconut milk or nut milks are a great way to ingest the raw spice.
Ginger tea (which is basically just simmered ginger root with a little bit of lemon and honey) works much in the same way as turmeric, lowering inflammation and lessening oxidative stress. Both ginger and turmeric have been scientifically studied, and although more research needs to be done, most studies agree that these roots have a clear benefit for sore, achey muscles.
Eat Some Garlic
Garlic has been called “nature’s antibiotic,” so it’s no wonder it’s helpful in fighting off sore muscles. Many studies have shown how fresh crushed garlic can lower inflammation in the body, and therefore ease sore, stiff muscles. So the next time you come home after a long workout, add a few cloves of fresh garlic to your next meal!
Go For A Walk
Usually when our muscles are aching, the last thing we want to do is move, but science says that light exercise (like walking or an easy jog) can help boost circulation and temporarily provide release from sore muscles. While it won’t make the soreness go away entirely, it will make you feel more limber.
Have Another Cup Of Coffee
Yet more evidence that coffee will help you live a long and healthy life, a 2007 study shows that two cups of coffee 24 and 48 hours after a big workout can result in a “reduction in pain.” Remember, leave out the dairy and an excess of sugar (both of which can cause inflammation), to make sure you get the full benefit!
Foam rollers are not only inexpensive, they’re fantastic at easing soreness by aiding circulation and clearing out excess lactic acid. Daily or weekly foam rolling may even increase flexibility and help with posture! Most gyms have foam rollers these days, so take a few minutes before and after your workout to “work out” those muscles.
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