For the endurance runners who prefer to take the natural route in terms of supplements and performance enhancers, ginger may be a great alternative to NSAIDs in reducing inflammation, muscle pain, and thus leading to a lessening of recovery time.
The popular spice has been historically used to treat pain, so it wouldn’t hurt to include ginger somewhere in a runners diet.
A Runners Diet Should Include Ginger
Although more studies are needed, past reports have clearly demonstrated the possibility of ginger acting as a bronchodilator and it has been known to improve gastrointestinal function, too.
A new study also found that 2 g of Ginger per day for 5 days may have modest effects of reducing muscle soreness in long distance runners, suggesting that increasing your ginger intake may accelerate recovery, helping you train longer and harder.
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BSc Neurobiology; MSc Biomechanics candidate, ultra minimalist runner & founder of RunForefoot. I was a heel striker, always injured. I was inspired by the great Tirunesh Dibaba to try forefoot running. Now, I'm injury free. This is why I launched Run Forefoot, to advocate the health & performance benefits of forefoot running and to raise awareness on the dangers of heel striking, because the world needs to know.
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