Bow down Gatorade. Serious gym-goers across the nation have been turning to this age-old staple to go above and beyond workout recovery…
Hello again friends. First of all, I understand that it might be a stretch for some of you to consider drinking bone broth post workout. If you would’ve asked me even a year ago I would’ve scrunched up my nose and rolled my eyes. Yet here I stand, post Orange Theory torture session, desperately pouring in as much meat water as I can fit with all the fruit. Yes, it sounds insane, but I promise you’ll never be the same after that first life-saving cup. So folks, let me tell you why you should broth it and never go back…
Protein you’re listening
Post workout your body probably feels really clean but empty. That’s how I would describe it anyway. Regardless, the clean-emptiness we feel post workout normally leads us towards craving the nutrients we need most. Water is going to win 1st place every time, but protein is a close second for very good reason. Our bodies prioritization of self-healing protein is how our muscles rebuild themselves after showing off at the squat rack. Our hormones and enzymes, important for basic body function, are also dependent on protein so it’s good to consume recommended amounts daily. Real, high-quality bone broth can contain as much as 10 grams of protein per serving, making it a wonderful and obvious way to quickly get more protein in your body post workout. Consult your doctor or a nutritionist for more information about your specific daily protein needs.
My achy breaky (hips)
Billy Ray Cyrus was on the track. Nothing ruins a post pump buzz like the slow, rusty ache you feel in your joints the days following a rigorous gym session. If you’re like my boyfriend, and you like to push your body too far, maybe you find yourself rolling ankles and pulling muscles. Either way bone broth is your best friend post workout. The enormous amounts of collagen found in real bone broth grease our joints by rebuilding and supporting the cartilage between our bones. Joint health and bone broth go beyond your post workout. Consistent bone broth over time has been shown to cure even arthritis in some cases!
Sports beverages would have you thinking that post workout rehydration is fruity and neon. That’s the best way to get electrolytes right? WRONG. I’m not here to bash anyone, but regardless of natural dyes and magical zero calorie sweetener, this stuff is not what your body needs at any time (let alone post workout!). Quality bone broth contains everything and more than what these companies promise. There are high, naturally-occurring amounts of magnesium, potassium, and sodium in bone broth that work as electrolytes to quickly rehydrate and replenish lost mineral stores during that savage . All this being said, it’s okay (and encouraged!) to drink plenty of water right after until you’re able to heat up your broth.
Remember spending the day home sick from school with grandma’s homemade chicken noodle soup? Granny knew what she was doing. Besides the achy joints, many of us find our burning muscles to be the biggest source of discomfort the day after a hard workout. Lucky you! In addition to all the lovely regenerative pluses listed above, bone broth is also extremely good at lowering inflammation with its wealthy stores of soothing proline, glycine, and arginine. The additional water in bone broth can also help sooth inflammation, however, we always recommend a good stretch after any workout to help prevent excessive inflammation.
“Number one, like yourself. Number two, you have to eat healthy. And number three, you’ve got to squeeze your buns. That’s my formula.” – Richard Simmons
However you choose to work it, make sure you take the time to take care of yourself post workout. Replenishing your body with balanced nutrition after the daily pump can take your fitness to a whole new level if done properly. Bone broth is an excellent enhancement to add to your regimen. Always consult a doctor or dietician before making any major changes to your diet or fitness routine.