10 Of The Best Foods For Improving Fitness

Dark Chocolate

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Dark chocolate may seem like a decadent dessert, but it’s actually an antioxidant rich, energy rich, and potential slimming superfood! Of course, too much dark chocolate will provide you with too much sugar, but one or two squares a day can help your heart, insulin levels, and overall energy and mood. Try to eat the darkest chocolate you can as it will be the most antioxidant rich and beneficial to your health. Plus, chocolate releases dopamine (the feel good hormone,) and nothing is more healthy than feeling good!

4. Watercress

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Watercress is a rather tasteless leafy green that is extremely healthy and easy to add into salads or smoothies. Just one serving of watercress can reduce your risk of DNA damage while exercising. In fact, the effects are almost immediate, and those who eat watercress before a workout will have the same benefits as those who have consumed it for months! Simply add a fist-full into your salads or shakes to help your body heal and stay strong during your routine.

Blueberries

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Blueberries can help to alleviate muscle pain while also providing your daily essential vitamins. As researchers have noted, blueberries are highly anti-inflammatory which can help your body to recover post-workout. Because blueberries are full of antioxidants and essential vitamins, they also help to strengthen your immune system to keep you healthy for your next workout! Simply have a cup of blueberries a few hours before your workout, and maybe mix some into your post-workout shake to receive maximum benefits!

Watermelon

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Watermelon has a very high citrulline content, and this compound can help to keep your blood pressure stabilized and low. It also vastly improves your arteries which makes watermelon a natural alternative to Viagra! When eating, don’t neglect the white rind as that is where the highest citrulline content is found. For the best benefit, have about 16oz before a workout to improve your circulation and blood pressure.

Pea Protein Powder

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Protein powder is the staple of post-workout supplements, but research has shown that pea protein powder is more beneficial than the traditional whey varieties. This is due to the branched chain amino acids found in peas which can tremendously help in muscle tissue repair. While any protein powder is essential, you will get the most for your dollar by choosing pea protein!