"We all know what it feels like not having enough sleep. Because all you want to do is get back into bed and catch up on lost sleep. Not only having little sleep lowers your ability to think, it has many negative health effects on the body as a whole.
Having worked on many runners in the past as a massage therapist, I know how sore and tight your body can get from all that pounding on the legs, from miles of running. It’s typically the calves, thighs and glutes that get hit the most, in most runners.
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Poor digestion is very common today due to our stressful live styles.
Anyhow, these top 10 tips will help to you and your digestion to stay healthy.
1- Using a few drops of Lemon (or Lime) and/or a few pinches of organic, unprocessed sea salt, mixed in with a glass of water will help to strengthen your digestion, in the short-term.
You can use this simple drink after you have eaten something heavy and / or fatty that would typically cause indigestion. Indigestion is usually caused by a lack of stomach acid (HCL) and not by having too much, as most people believe.
Just take two sips of this drink after your meal (or even before, to get your stomach ready). See how your stomach feels after 10-minutes- if it’s digesting better then leave it. If not, take a few more sips, and so on. But don’t over do it, otherwise it can make your stomach to acidic, and that could make you feel or be sick.
2- For the most part, most people will need to use a enzyme supplement for a few weeks to a few months to re-strengthen their digestive system. That said, eating good quality, enzyme rich wholefoods will also help with digestion.
3- Try to eat in a relaxed environment. This means no TV or reading the newspaper whilst eating.
4- Eat in an upright posture.
5- Listen to some relaxing music before or whist eating.
6- Chew your foods to a liquid.
7- Move around after a big meal as this will aid your digestion. This is due to the ground reactions forces come up from the ground into and massaging your organs. Think about when your have had a long walk after a Sunday roast dinner.
8- Drink enough water for your bodyweight.
9- Drink chamomile and peppermint type teas in the evenings.
10- Eat with your hands if you can. This can stop you from over eating and eating too fast.
We all know what it feels like not having enough sleep. Because all you want to do is get back into bed and catch up on lost sleep. Not only having little sleep lowers your ability to think, it has many negative health effects on the body as a whole.
Anyhow, at a physical level these 10 tips can help…
1- Make sure you eat well throughout the day to keep your blood sugar levels stable. If not, you could wake up in the middle of the night with low blood sugar and feeling very hungry.
2- Try not to have any or too much caffeine after 3 or 4pm. This can stop your melatonin (relaxation hormone) levels from rising, which helps you to fall asleep.
3- Be careful doing heavy, heavy weight lifting after 3pm as this has the same effect as having caffeine late in the afternoon.
4- Drink plenty of water throughout the day and just before going bed.
5- Drink some calming teas such as peppermint and chamomile tea before going to bed.
So, 2-5 minute cycles of hot then cold. This helps the body to “pump out” lactic acid and toxins from the muscles. At the same time the use of the sauna, steam room and jacuzzi will help to facilitate this process.
2- Use the rest, ice, compression and elevation(R.I.C.E) technique on any sore, inflamed or injured areas.
3- Restore glycogen stores (stored sugar in muscles and liver) as soon as possible. As super long distance running burns up tons of carbohydrates. You will need to replace it with higher carbohydrate foods for a day or two after the event. (I doubt you will feel like eating too much meat such after). This is how your metabolic type can change, due to the stresses placed on the body, at any given time.
4- Stretch out the tight muscles only. This will be to bring your body back into balance. Also, don’t just sit around for hours or days after; you need to keep the body bumping blood, as this will help to prevent blood pooling, stiffness and pain. Going for a simple, slow 30-60 minute walk or bike ride will be ample “active recovery.”
5- Get a massage! Having worked on many runners in the past as a massage therapist, I know how sore and tight your body can get from all that pounding on the legs, from miles of running. It’s typically the calves, thighs and glutes that get hit the most in most runners. The upper back and neck area can also get very tight, in a lot of runners. This is due to the ground reaction forces, coming back up through the body, right through to the top of the head. Massage can help with this.
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