Whether you’re an elite athlete, an amateur, or just want to get your body moving, we can all use some extra relief. Contrary to popular belief, achieving your individual health and wellness goals goes beyond a killer workout. Here, we’ll cover the in’s and out’s of exercise, recovery, and ways to reap as many benefits
Why am I sore after a workout?
In case you didn’t know, strenuous exercise causes damage to the muscle fibers in the body, which sparks inflammation in the specific muscles worked (sounds scary, but it's a good thing). The body’s natural response is to work hard and repair the damage and thus it causes Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) - AKA pain and stiffness that is usually felt 24-72 hours post-exercise - the recovery phase.
This cycle of muscle damage and repair is critical for healthy living and longevity! Not only does the repairing phase help build new muscle, but consistent working of the muscles helps to prevent future ailments (such as Muscular Dystrophy - a group of diseases that cause muscle weakening and deterioration of muscle mass).
Keep in mind, however, that while the body can miraculously recover on its own, there are steps to take to aid in this step and ensure it is done correctly.
What are some ways that I can recover effectively?
Adequate, Quality sleep
As stated by Forbes, “sleep is the most potent recovery tool known to science.” Sleep helps the body recover from all of the stress it undergoes during the day, such as exercise, mental stress, physical stress, and just using daily energy in general.
One interesting study  demonstrated that the body’s levels of testosterone can drop between 10-15% from getting only 5 hours of sleep over a week-long period. This is an incredibly important finding, seeing as testosterone is vital for both men and women’s ability to properly recover. Of course, individual sleep needs vary from person to person and researchers suggest that aiming for 7-8 hours of sleep per night is a good baseline for optimal performance.
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Nutrition is Key
You’ve heard the saying, “you are what you eat”, and this couldn’t be any more true today. It’s important to focus on getting proper nutrition to help the body function properly and efficiently.
Protein is a key component of recovery because of its positive impact on muscle protein synthesis , injury, soreness, and subsequent performance. Additionally, many plant-derived ingredients are vital for optimal recovery and addressing other issues such as injury, pain reduction, inflammation and sleep.
Try to eat an adequate amount of whole, natural foods: Lean meats, a variety of fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, eggs… the list goes on. It’s almost certain that a diet saturated with Poptarts and frozen pizza may make you feel less-than optimal in your recovery.
Supplements & CBD to Bridge Nutritional Gaps
CBD may help you recover faster from workouts thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties according to Men’s Health . Additionally, Natural Products Insider, shares that curcumin can also aid in recovery by providing many potential benefits for muscle replenishment ! However, curcumin is hydrophobic (aka hates water), which makes it pretty difficult to deliver a therapeutic dose orally, or to combine into traditional sports nutrition formats.
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In short, for anyone wanting to achieve optimal recovery, ensure you’re getting quality sleep, proper nutrition, and natural supplements (CBD specifically) to maximize your body’s ability to restore and replenish.
 Aschwanden, Christie. “How Important Is Sleep for Exercise Recovery?” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 18 Feb. 2019, https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2019/02/18/how-important-is-sleep-for-exercise-recovery/?sh=648908ce41ad.
Leproult, Rachel. “Effect of 1 Week of Sleep Restriction on Testosterone Levels in Young Healthy Men.” JAMA, vol. 305, no. 21, 2011, p. 2173., https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2011.710.
 Meppem, Eric. “Curcumin, Testosterone Boosters May Aid Sports Endeavors.” Natural Products INSIDER, 23 Aug. 2021, https://www.naturalproductsinsider.com/sports-nutrition/curcumin-testosterone-boosters-may-aid-sports-endeavors?NL=HLTHNUTR-001&Issue=HLTHNUTR-001_20210831_HLTHNUTR-001_634&sfvc4enews=42&cl=article_5&utm_campaign=NATPRINSDR_News_Natural+Products+Insider_News_NL_08312021_5127&utm_emailname=NATPRINSDR_News_Natural+Products+Insider_News_NL_08312021_5127&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua&utm_MDMContactID=a88319e2-0599-46af-ae35-43331e15f072&utm_campaigntype=Newsletter&utm_sub=Delta-8%E2%80%99s+unstudied+gap+%2F+NAC+hearing+denied+%2F+Inflammaging+defined&eM=29e813d86784c819fa69dc200bf424986cb044c18eb9966be0f2a4e35ea23792&eventSeriesCode=ES_NATPRINSDRDGTL&eventEditionCode=HLN00INS&sessionCode=S_INSNWLTRWE.
Leasca, Stacey. “Considering CBD for Muscle Recovery? Here's What You Need to Know.” Men's Health, Men's Health, 2 Nov. 2021, https://www.menshealth.com/health/a26467604/cbd-for-inflammation-muscle-recovery/.
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