NSAIDs good for your WORKOUT?

Listen, I’m all for feeling good for workouts and sometimes that feeling good involves the use of Advil or Motrin, better known as NSAIDs (none steroidal anti Inflammatory drugs). Research has shown that anti-inflammatory drugs, even though make you feel better, do not help with performance.  I’m a bit skeptical on this. I feel the Day of a competition NSAIDs would help but outside of the game Day they should be only used sparingly for pain management.

Inflammation within itself is crucial for repairing muscles after a workout. Increased blood flow brings nutrients to help the recovery process. So, all those micro tears which you created during a workout need inflammation to help repair the muscle and make you stronger. NSAIDs deter this from happening.

Research is also finding that the use of NSAIDs has a connnection to “increased heart attacks and strokes on people who were never at risk for heart disease.”

So, is it worth it? No, it’s not! There are ways to reduce inflammation when needed naturally:

  • Supplement with Turmeric
  • Take Fish Oils (pills or consume fish)
  • Staying hydrated 24/7
  • Reduce alcohol consumption
  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Reduce sugar intake
  • Consistent Active Recovery (ice baths, CryoTherapy, massage etc)

It may take more work for you to feel better but it beats increasing the probability of an early health scare!

Read up more here: Harvard Health



Alcohol Equals NO GAINZ!

Drinking alcohol after a strenuous workout can deter your body’s ability to repair the muscles.  Researchers in New Zealand found that even drinking a moderate amount of alcohol and not being hung over the next day can zap your strength.

How can you counter act the effects of alcohol:

  • Drink a glass of water after every alcoholic beverage
  • Take in some carbohydrates while or after you drink

*NOTE: If you are trying to lose weight, taking in carbohydrates during or after consuming high calorie alcohol can add weight to the scale!

If you are consuming more calories 2 hours after a workout through alcohol consumption and not ‘functional calories’ like nutrient dense foods, then you are setting yourself up for a bad workout the next day and maybe even a few days there-after.

When you drink in excess, you lose motor skills; you stumble, you fumble you fall. So, what do you think is happening to your body’s cells that are responsible for repairing damaged muscle from a workout? They too are impaired, therefore functioning improperly.

If you plan on going out for some drinks, be sure to eat enough food within two hours post workout to ensure your body has the nutrients to repair itself.