If you have read my previous post on energy drinks or even the post before that on sugar – you might have a good understanding on what the body needs to keep going and growing.
Our muscles and tendons are made up of ‘sheaths’ of skin arranged in a certain way for movement. When we exercise and ‘stretch’ our physical body, it tears a little (and sometimes in order to grow). I am sure many of you have experienced it at one time or another 🙂 Lactic acid goes in between the tears or rips and then inflames and that is what we feel when we have stiff muscles. It is a process that is needed to grow the muscles and make it flexible. The difference comes in on how much minerals have we stored up in our system to help the healing crisis.
We need a good supply of magnessium & potassium (and underlying all that – calcium). When we have enough Mag & Pot stored then our muscles get ‘fed’ and the inflammation eases and the muscles can grow. If we are lacking in the minerals department in our system – because of bad quality food or high sugar intake (which rubs out the minerals that are stored) – then the muscles takes longer to heal and when exerted again – hurts even more until it becomes chronic and you (or your child) cannot continue playing sports for a while until it has healed completely.
Now if you (or your child’s) body has a good supply of minerals – then the healing will be quick (and healthy) – because the muscles is becoming more flexible healthily and can take the ‘strain’ that the body is putting the muscle under.
Now how do we get a good supply of minerals?
As mentioned in my previous posts – a good diet. Although magnessium is not that easy to get from our food alone, because the quality of out soil is diminimising – and that is where the food will gets its source of magessium. You can supplement with magnessium very easily. Magnessium is a ‘muscle feeder’, as well as a muscle relaxant and also thins the blood. If you travel overseas a lot – instead of taking 1 or half an Asprin to thin the blood – you can supplement with Mag instead.
Potassium comes in watermelon, oranges, sweet peppers and potatoe and many other fruit & veg – a lot of people believe that banana’s are high in potassium – unless they are picked from the tree ripe (which most of the bananas in the shops are not) they do not have such high volumes of potasssium.
Another good source of potassium on a cellular level is apple cider vinegar in a glass of water – although it is a tough one to try and get the kids to drink – but try it for yourself – it alkalines you as well as a good source of potassium.