How to Feed Your Muscles Right
By Genevieve Cunningham
Everyone wants and needs muscles. Even if we don’t want bodybuilder sized guns on our arms, we all like the shape and definition that comes with the development of muscles. And while most of us are aware that the key to building muscle comes in the form of exercise and weightlifting, it’s important to remember that muscles also thrive on what we feed them. If you are interested in further developing your muscles through proper nutrition, take a look at these nutrients to add to your diet today.
This is the most obvious place to start. Muscles really thrive on protein. When we eat protein and then lift, our muscles grab that protein and use it for energy. Those who are into bodybuilding and extreme fitness take their protein game very seriously. So how can we get more? Protein is in a lot of different foods, so it’s fairly easy. Start with meat, whether it be red meat, chicken, or lean fish. You can also reach for dark leafy greens such as kale and spinach, nuts of all kinds, and plenty of eggs. If you’re ready to get serious, it might not hurt to look into protein drinks that you can use for breakfast or pre- or post-workout.
Potassium is important for the muscles for two reasons. The first, you’re probably already aware of. Consuming potassium eases muscle cramps and helps prevent future cramps. And the less pain we feel in our muscles, the more we can work them. Secondly, potassium helps with the basic function of the muscles. If you want them to work at optimal level, potassium is necessary. How do we get more potassium? Reach for bananas, sweet potato, coconut water, and spinach.
There is nothing worse than a dehydrated body. When the body gets dehydrated, the muscles will feel weak and achey. It’s hard to build the body in any way when we’re lacking water. To correct this problem, aim for 8-10 glasses of water per day. Though this might be difficult in the beginning, it won’t be long until it’s the norm. And the fact that your muscles and whole body feel and function better will be great incentive to keep sipping.
Our muscles are so important for strength, stability, and even appearance. We need them, and we should do what we can to keep them healthy. Add these nutrients to your diet in order to feed the muscles what they need. With some time and patience, your muscles will respond well to the new diet, and you’ll feel better than ever as a result.
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