7 ways to maintain health with recovery drinks

7 ways to maintain health with recovery drinks

It is very hot these days. You can’t rest enough after hard work because of sultry nights. Cool breeze from air conditioner makes you feel dull. Thinking of gaining strength, but can’t accept heavy foods.

If you feel that you will be worn-out physically and mentally toward late summer, please have nutritional support from recovery drinks. They are easy to drink, but you need to be careful about some points. Today, I will introduce some recipes of recovery drinks and some cautions about them.



7 ways to maintain health with recovery drinks

 

-Be careful with alcohol!


Drinking a glass of beer after sweating from outside job. How great. I can understand it. Cold beer after sweating by playing sports tastes special as well. Many of you are thinking of “rehydrating with beer”, aren’t you? There is a major hole with it.

Alcohol has diuretic effect. Especially beer contains potassium and the effect is stronger, and therefore eliminates more water from body. It means, it causes totally opposite effect of dehydration. Also those who drink alcohol to go to sleep need to be careful.

Blood pressure temporarily lowers soon after drinking, and you can easily fall asleep, but blood pressure increases when alcohol is broken down in you body. This causes light sleep. Your brain and body can’t rest enough.

 

-Be careful with caffeine!


Thinking about recovery drinks, you probably imagine of energy drinks. It is true that you feel awakened and can maintain motivation toward work again with energy drinks, when you lose concentration. Caffeine is used for medicines, so it has some effects.

What you need to be careful, however, is its side effect. Most known and experienced side effect is that you can’t sleep. It is no problem if it is just for a day, but taking too much caffeine regularly may cause chronic sleeplessness.

Also caffeine stimulates stomach and increase appetite, but too much of it harms mucosa of stomach and weakens internal organs. It is off topic, but taking too much caffeine is not good for your skin either.

 

-Be careful with sugar!


Another ingredient with quick effect for fatigue is sugar. Our brain uses glucose as energy, so sugar will wake up the slowed brain at once. However, this effect is only temporary.

Muscles also aggressively metabolize glucose to work effectively, so you can’t have sugar in your body for a long time. Fatigue caused by lactic acid after this can be greater.

If you regularly drink isotonic drinks or juice to rehydrate, you tend to take too much sugar and feel thirst again, and repeat drinking juice again. In worst cases, people suffer diabetes from young ages.

 

-Be careful with water!


Then water is best for rehydration! Yes, it’s not wrong. However, little woman saying “drinking 2 liters of mineral water everyday is good for beauty”, is obviously too much. Adults are said to require about 1.5 liters of water everyday.

In addition, that amount can be obtained from foods if you eat normally. If you are interested in beauty and often eating foods with a lot of water, such as fruits and vegetables, you are probably taking more than 2 liters of water already.

More water than that will be eliminated from body as urine. Drinking too much water put stress on kidneys, make you go to bathroom over and over in night, and eventually you can’t sleep enough. Also it can disturb the mineral balance of body, and hyponatremia will cause brain dysfunction and in the worst case, can cause death.

 

-What are necessary elements?


Then, which nutrients are effective for recovery? One of them is vitamin B1. It changes sugar into energy and maintains function of brain and nerves. Also taurine enhance the capacity of liver and suppresses cholesterol. Allicin and vitamin B react to sustain the functions of taurine.

 

-What ingredients are recommended?


Natto (fermented soybean), miso, walnut, pork, Chinese chives, onion, cheese and eel are rich in vitamin B1. Allicin is contained in garlic, and taurine is rich in seafood.

 

-Any recommended recovery drinks?


Taking above into consideration, one of the easiest and recommended drink (maybe especially for Japanese people) is “miso soup”. You can make it with natto, onion, Chinese chives, or seafood, and also can be eaten warm or cold. Less stress to internal organs and you can also supplement salt which is likely to lack during summer.

 

Could you find anything helpful?

Things that sound normal has some major holes. It is difficult to recover from fatigue caused by hot temperature of summer. Before falling into negative cycle by choosing easier ways, survive this hot summer with proper knowledge and daily habits.

 

Summary

7 ways to maintain health with recovery drinks

-Be careful with alcohol!
-Be careful with caffeine!
-Be careful with sugar!
-Be careful with water!
-What are necessary elements?
-What ingredients are recommended?
-Any recommended recovery drinks?