Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) is the burn you feel a few hours after a workout. While many gym aficionados say ‘no pain no gain’ it can stop you from going to the gym for a few days if you have overdone it.
While ice baths and hot baths can alleviate the pain to some extent, there is a natural herbal remedy called Kratom that can ease your pain enough to go to the gym even after pushing things too hard.
What is DOMS?
Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) is a condition that you will get after a hard workout. Essentially in order to build muscle you create small tears in the muscle fibres and when they heal the muscle fibre grows slightly. One of the effects of DOMS is that you get tissue inflammation as well, that gives you a false idea that your muscles are growing immediately after your workout. This isn’t – in fact it is a sign of the injury you have caused yourself in pushing yourself in the gym.
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In short, the pain you feel after a workout is in fact a lot of minor injuries you have given yourself and too much can stop you from going back, slowing your fitness plan considerably. Some people go to the doctors if they feel too much pain and can be prescribed a range of pharmaceutical remedies that have their own side effects – morphine based medicines can cause addition while certain over the counter drugs you buy from the pharmacy can wreck your liver (as is the case of acetaminophen) or kidneys (ibuprofen).
What If There Was Something Safer And Natural?
Mitrogynaspeciosa(English name – Kratom) is a plant that grows in South East Asia and is directly related to the coffee plant. It has been used for hundreds of years by people who live there, and is a proven anti-inflammatory and painkiller. It stops the inflammation in the muscles that causes much of the pain associated with DOMS, while one of the chemicals in it goes directly to the pain receptors and stops them telling your brain you have been injured. This isn’t unlike morphine, though you cannot overdose on it as if you take too much you will be sick.
There are three varieties of Kratom available to buy. When you are about to go to the gym you should take the White variety as it gives you a strong stimulant jolt like coffee, meaning that you have the ability to go the extra mile in the gym. Afterwards you can take the Red variety that slows you down – perhaps instead of a glass of wine with all that extra sugar you don’t want on a weight loss and fitness regime.
Unlike many pharmaceuticals and steroids on the market today there are no known serious side effects from its use, despite hundreds of hours of scientific research being done to see what these might be. Overall this could be just what you need as a pick me up after going too hard during a fitness regime.