4 Energy-Boosting Drinks To Improve Your Next Workout

Raise the juice bar with these healthy sports drinks.

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Healthy Homemade Sports Drinks
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Homemade Sports Drinks For Every Occassion

Homemade sports drinks are a much healthier alternative than the artificially coloured and flavoured sports beverages you can find in the grocery store. Raise the juice bar with these healthy sports drinks. After a tough workout or to spur your next one, these thirst quenchers target trouble zones and keep you moving.

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Tropical Smoothie
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The Fix: Reduce Inflammation

The Facts
The power of the P’s – pomegranate, pineapple and papaya – makes this juice a strong choice to fight inflammation. Pomegranates boast powerful phytochemicals, papaya contains papain, and pineapple has bromelain. These agents, along with a blend of vitamins, help reduce inflammation and aid in muscle recovery. Opt to add fresh ginger, which has been shown in studies to relieve arthritis pain and muscle discomfort, and you’ve got a powerhouse drink.

Get the recipe here: Tropical Strawberry and Pineapple Smoothie 

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Kale and Kiwi Smoothie
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The Fix: Improve Stamina

The Facts
Carbohydrates like bananas enhance endurance, fuelling your body for a longer workout. The matcha adds caffeine, which is shown to boost strength, with a kick that’s said to last longer than coffee.

Get the recipe here: Kiwi and Kale Power Smoothie 

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Ultimate Berry Detox Smoothie
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The Fix: Repair Sore Muscles

The Facts
Beets, which are rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant phytochemicals, can’t be beat when it comes to fighting off achy muscles. Studies show that beet juice can reduce the muscle damage caused by heavy exercise. Pair that with tart cherry juice, which can minimize post-exercise muscle pain, and you may experience quicker recovery times between workouts.

Get the recipe here: The Ultimate Berry Detox Smoothie 

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Cantaloupe Smoothie
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The Fix: Fight Fatigue

The Facts
The vitamin C found in oranges will bolster your immune system and energy levels. A 2010 study found that women who consumed orange juice prior to a one-hour workout for a three-month period increased their anaerobic threshold, among other benefits. Bananas add easily digested carbs to the mix for instant fuel.

Get the recipe here: Immunity-Boosting Cantaloupe Smoothie 

Originally Published in Best Health Canada

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