Joint dysfunction can derail your bodybuilding routine. In fact, this is actually one of the most common problems among bodybuilders, particularly those who supplement. Lifting massive amounts of weight on a routine basis puts an incredible amount of stress on these structures. Fortunately, there are several things that you can do to diligently protect your joints and to limit the negative effects of regular and incredibly grueling workouts.
Eat To Lubricate Your Joints
Each of your joints have their own in-built protection in the form of lubrication. Much like moving parts in any machine, your joints will be subject to far less wear and tear if they are properly lubricated. This lubrication is naturally supplied by your body, but you still have to make an effort to ensure that you’re giving yourself all of the essential building blocks to produce it. The best way to do this is by eating a low-acid diet and by eating plenty of heart-healthy fats.
High-acid diets are diets that contain lots of high-sugar, low-value carbohydrates in the form of refined foods. Low-acid diets are rich with complex carbs and have larger servings of fatty fish than they do red meat. Foods like tuna, mackerel, salmon, coconut oil, olives, olive oil, nuts and nut butters contribute to joint lubrication. You should also have plenty of avocados and avocado oil in your diet as well.
Eat To Minimize Inflammation
Inflammation is one of the primary causes of illness all throughout the body. When bodybuilding, you should be constantly eating to alleviate inflammation. Fresh fruits and vegetables are great for this. You also want to incorporate fresh ginger and garlic and plenty of turmeric. Turmeric is a bright yellow spice that can do wonders for inflammation. If you eat plenty of it, you will have a lot less soreness overall and fewer joint problems during even the most taxing portions of your bodybuilding routine.
Stay Hydrated And Take Breaks
Drink plenty of water and be sure to build a few well-earned breaks into your bodybuilding routine. People who get big fast tend to give their muscles plenty of time to heal and their joints ample opportunity to relax and recover. While you might be diligent in your efforts to keep hydrated throughout the most grueling parts of your routine, you may not be doing enough to stay hydrated during your breaks. On your off days, drink plenty of fresh, pure water to replenish your stores and consume a moderate amount of coconut water as well, to instantly restore your electrolyte balance.