There are so many benefits of getting regular exercise. Not only is it good for physical wellbeing, exercise can have mental and emotional benefits as well, helping to beat fatigue, boost energy levels and improve mood.
With spring (and hopefully more sunshine) in the air, now is the prime time to embrace a more active lifestyle.
The Importance of Recovery
When it comes to an active lifestyle, it’s important to not forget about recovery. Whilst many will recognise the importance of supporting the body before or whilst exercising, it is important to look after our bodies in the same way following exercise Not only does it minimise risk of injury, it will improve performance the next time you step out for your workout.
Sporty spice turmeric is making waves at the moment and is being famed as an effective natural anti-inflammatory. We caught up with Medical Herbalist and Pukka’s Herbal Director Euan MacLennan to find out about the benefits of turmeric to boost recovery and mood. No matter what type of exercise you are doing or what kind of intensity you are working at, it is essential to incorporate post-exercise recovery steps to assist with tissue repair, the recovery of muscle cells as well as to restoring energy and support mental health through relaxation and rejuvenation.
When people start to become more active after a period of inactivity, rest or recovery, it is not uncommon to experience fatigue and delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). These are common challenges. Physical fatigue could be a signal that your body is being pushed and needs to slow down, recover and pace itself.
DOMS is the pain and stiffness felt in our muscles several hours or days after exercise. This discomfort is often the result of inflammation in the joints and muscles and can make it almost impossible to complete daily chores like climbing stairs.
Luckily, turmeric can help to naturally support the body before, during and after physical activity. Turmeric is well known for being a potent anti-inflammatory and it’s the pigments known as curcuminoids that give this radiant-root its characteristic yellow glow. Research has shown that turmeric actively inhibits inflammatory pathways within the body, making it the perfect sports partner for muscle damage, reducing inflammation in joints and muscles and improvement on delayed onset muscle soreness with evidence for enhanced recovery of muscle performance to support mobility and exercise.1
Pukka’s Turmeric Active tea has been expertly blended with pain-relieving and powerful anti-inflammatory turmeric, ginger and galangal combined with nettle to cool and reduce fluid retention. A spicy and invigorating blend to help support your body before, during and after exercise.
During exercise the body naturally releases endorphins which are chemicals that react with the receptors in our brain that reduce our perception of pain. They also provide a positive feeling in the body, sometimes known as the ‘runners high’. This almost euphoric feeling can give a positive outlook on life and help to reduce stress and anxiety, boost self-esteem and improve sleep.
Research undertaken by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has also suggested that turmeric may also have a link with protecting our memory and mood. The cognitive benefits of this yellow spice, namely the bioavailable constituent Theracurcumin, are associated with reducing inflammatory in the brain regions that modulate mood and memory.2
Now armed with the knowledge of this invigorating spice and how it can help prevent those aches and pains; grab your trainers because there’s nothing stopping you. Head outside and enjoy some time with nature and reap the amazing benefits that exercise can bring for body and mind.
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