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While it is a common occurence for young and old people alike, muscle soreness are often debilitating and limits our ability to do daily tasks. It may happen from exercise, abnormal foot conditions like flat feet, overuse, to more serious problem like injury. While the latter needs to be handled by medical professionals to prevent any unwanted effects, on this week's journal we wlll be explaining a few points on how to treat and resolve common muscle pain. Read on!
1. Treat with heat
One of the quickest and easiest things you can do to lessen muscle pain and stiffness is to use the healing power of water. Warm showers or baths before bedtime and in the morning will help to relax muscles, as well as offering a fair amount of relief.
2. Continue on exercising
Light exercise like walking or jogging is safe to do the day after a workout. In fact, it may help flush out the lactic acid buildup that may be causing muscle soreness. It can also help loosen and stretch your muscles more than if you were to avoid activity all together. However, you don't want to overdo things as taking a break is necessary when you are in pain.
Moreover, living a sedentary lifestyle is generally unhealthy and can lead to weakening muscles. If you're not training your muscle enough, over time, they will lose their strength and endurance. Weak muscles are much less efficient, meaning it takes more work to do simple tasks and making it painful when you have to do difficult tasks.
3. Reduce smoking & alcohol consumption
Oxygen is highly required for efficient muscle use. Constant use of tobacco and nicotine decreases the amount of oxygen that reaches your muscles, therefore making it worse when you have muscle pain. Alcohol also has negative effects for muscle wellness, as it decreases the rate of transmission of nerve impulses in the brain, but it can also interact harmfully with your current pain medications.
4. Eat healthy to avoid inflammation
While food with refined sugar and saturated fats taste great, they often don’t give your body the fuel it needs to operate efficiently. Efficiently fueled muscles use less energy, saving you effort with every move. That is why good nutrition may be one of the best approaches in managing and resolving muscle pain. There’s no reason to add more inflammation to your body via the foods you consume. Focusing on eating protein and healthy fats to help build your strength, as well as avoiding inflammatory foods and drinks such as coffee and processed food will benefit you in the long run.
5. Get enough sleep
Getting at least 8 hours of sleep daily is necessary for your body’s recovery. During this restoration period, oxygen flows more readily to your muscles helping them heal. Having a consistent bedtime and wake time will also help to maintain balanced body rhythms.
6. Drink more water
Most people underestimate the amount of water that they lose sweating, breathing and even going to the bathroom. If you don’t replenish those fluids, your body will start to function more slowly. When you body runs low on water, one of the first places it will start to conserve fluids in is your muscles. You’ll start to feel more sore and tight because the byproducts of burning energy will start to build up in the muscle, increasing the acidity of the area. This type of soreness usually doesn’t want to go away despite stretching or icing, therefore it is important to stay hydrated and drink water consistently throughout the day.
7. Opt for a natural medication
Another option you can use to ease muscle pain with is through medication. A lot of these medications are often used for older people as they are often experiencing such problems, but younger people are actually having similar problems as well. The main concern with using medication is the fact that chemicals are used to produce them, therefore it is often becoming the last resort.
However, fret not, as we have the answer to your needs. Introducing Muscle Ease from our new Balance Madia line; made from ginger, turmeric and ginseng, this herbal concoction is perfectly safe to consume whenever you feel like relieving tense and sore muscles!