Two things happen during a long, hard work-out: you use up your energy stores and you become dehydrated. Here’s what you should know about feeding your body after exercise and a glimpse of the new Thunder Recover juice to help you do it.
Research confirms that the best way to speed recovery after intense exercise is to consume high-glycemic (fast-digesting) carbs as soon as possible to restore muscle glycogen. During the first 30 minutes after a rigorous workout, even if an athlete doesn’t want to eat, the body needs glucose in order to rebuild damaged muscle tissue and decrease inflammation.
Hydration is also key post-work out, especially if you’ve been sweating a great deal. Drinking plenty of water during exercise is a great start, but water doesn’t help replace electrolytes. Sodium is an important electrolyte mineral, but so is potassium. These two electrolytes both during and after exercise play a major role in the prevention of muscle cramps and recovery from fatigue.
Lastly, a little protein increases the effectiveness of any sports recovery drink, but you can overdo the protein. The ideal ratio of carbohydrates to protein for post-work out is 3:1. Too much protein slows the body’s absorption and it’s not readily available to the body as an energy source during exercise like carbohydrates and fat.
What does Verde recommend for post-workout?
100% cold-pressed local cucumber and kale, pineapple, apple, parsley, ginger, lemon
Serving Size 16 oz
Total Carb 28g (10%)
Dietary Fiber 0.5g (1%)
Sodium 80g (4%)
Potassium 740g (17%)
Thunder Recover is now available at Verde! We’re proud to collaborate with Global Running Culture, a local nonprofit committed to bringing the power of sport to young people in New Mexico, Arizona, Kenya and Mexico.