Had a session with an overzealous trainer? Helped a friend move her heavy couch up the stairs? Didn't realize how many times you squatted down while pulling weeds? As an exercising motivational speaker I think sore muscles are a wonderful thing because that means you have stressed them to a point where they will repair themselves and become stronger! Yay! Yet I realize we don't love the feeling of stiffness that accompanies it and moving through life like an extra for a zombie movie.
Ginger to the rescue! Consuming 2 teaspoons of raw ginger on the day of workout and 4 days following can reduce muscle soreness by up to 25%, some studies show. Experts credit the antioxidants in ginger (called gingerols) which can reduce inflammation similar to drugs like ibuprofen. It's great for nausea and motion sickness too!
How to Dose Yourself: Peel it, grate it on the fine side of your grater and then squeeze out the juice. Raw ginger juice is pretty potent stuff on its own so I'd recommend it in tea, smoothies or soup. Mince and add to stir-fries; eat it pickled as a sandwich topper or sushi accompaniment; snack on or add crystallized ginger to baked goods.
From your sore motivational speaker who thought tossing that 15 lb. medicine ball was a fun idea. Not. Ginger please.