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"Spring" is here!

This time of the year most of us are thinking about outdoor activities. You know . . . like gardening, biking, hiking, horseback riding, etc. And with these activities . . . unfortunately, comes sore muscles.

So when we work our muscles harder than our regular routine . . . it causes microscopic damage to the muscle fibers, resulting in soreness or stiffness. Now the good news is . . . that normal muscle soreness is a sign that you're getting stronger.

During exercise, muscles are stressed and muscle fibers begin to break down. As the fibers repair themselves, they become larger and stronger than they were before.

So sore muscles are a good thing!

But what about overworking muscles? This is when lactic acid can build-up. You see . . . Lactic acid is produced in your muscles as a by-product of muscle metabolism and builds up during intense exercise. Which can lead to painful sore muscles.

The other element to sore muscles is this . . . the body makes lactic acid when it is low in the oxygen it needs to convert "glucose" into energy. Remember we spoke about glucose, the sugar the body needs to function properly in a previous Health Tip? Well, Lactic acid buildup can result in muscle pain, cramps and muscle fatigue. The good news is . . . if your liver is functioning properly . . . it breaks down the excess lactic acid and sore muscles go away.

Okay . . . so how do we give our muscles some relief from pain and increase the oxygen in them so we don't have a lactic acid build up?

Drink more water, massage the muscles and stretch before and after your activity.

We spoke yesterday about one of the reasons we have a difficult time "sleeping" is due to a deficiency of a specific "mineral" in the body. Well guess what? If you have this "mineral" deficiency you will also be more prone to "sore muscles", cramping muscles and weakness.

Tomorrow we'll talk about this "mineral" and how it can help.

As always, feel free to contact me here

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