Weight change fundamentally boils down to the number of calories you put into your body and the number of calories you burn.
- Eat more than you burn, and you will gain weight
- Burn more than you eat, and you will lose weight
HOW CAN TURMERIC SHOTS HELP WITH WEIGHT LOSS?
Turmeric shots can assist on the exercise part of the equation (aka burning calories).
But firstly let's review what happens when we exercise.
WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR BODY WHEN YOU START EXERCISING?
As soon as you start exercising your body will respond by increasing and decreasing bodily processes that will allow you to exercise more efficiently.
Within the first ten minutes your heart beats faster increasing blood supply to the brain and working muscles. Your muscles require more oxygen, so you start to breathe faster to allow the blood to deliver the oxygen required to the working muscles. The body will use different energy systems depending on the duration and intensity of the chosen exercise.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU FINISH EXERCISING?
The body will try to return to its resting state as quickly as possible, the fitter you are the faster you will be able to do this.
Generally, everything that was elevated during the exercise will now slow down, whilst everything that was slowed during exercise will speed up.
WHAT HAPPENS A DAY AFTER COMMENCING EXERCISE?
When you exercise your muscles experience micro-trauma, and this can result in “delayed-onset muscle soreness” or “DOMS” for short. Experiencing muscle soreness after exercise is normal. Once your body becomes accustomed to that type of exercise, the delayed soreness is often minimal.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU STICK TO YOUR EXERCISE PROGRAMME?
You start to experience both physiological and mental changes.
On a cellular level, mitochondria—mini powerhouses that produce energy—multiply, meaning that your body can produce more energy. More blood vessels are created to deliver oxygen more efficiently to the muscles. Your heart and muscles get stronger and bigger.
COULD TURMERIC HELP WITH RECOVERY?
Research has shown that turmeric could really come into its own post exercise as it may support the body manage the aches and pains (DOMS) that are a result of the exercise programme that you are following. (link) (link). This provides an enjoyment factor as the DOMs won’t be as intense as they potentially would be without the turmeric. This will ultimately allow you to get out more often or work a little harder in your workouts without the fear of being too sore, meaning you will also burn more calories as a result of working harder.
TURMERIC SHOTS AND ENERGY
The MOJU Turmeric shot also contains vitamin C which has been shown to contribute to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. This can provide the pick me up you need following exercise if you have had a particularly hard session or give you the energy needed ahead of a workout.
TURMERIC AND SLEEP
The fact is, nutrition can heavily influence the quality of your sleep, with certain food and drinks making it easier or harder to get the quality of sleep you need. Rather excitingly (for MOJU fans especially) there’s a fair bit of research going into turmeric right now.
One of turmeric’s active compounds – curcumin – is thought to have real benefits when it comes to getting some decent kip. In a recent 12-week study, participants either consumed curcumin or a placebo. Results showed that the curcumin group improved their sleep quality as rated by the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index Questionnaire, in comparison to the placebo group.
So why is that? Well, a protein known as brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BNDF) affects cognitive function, learning and memory – and can cause behavioural disorders if out of balance. Curcumin has been shown to improve levels of BDNF – and given the magic that happens during REM sleep – could therefore help with cognitive function, learning and memory.
For that reason, you might want to consider integrating turmeric into your evening routine to help with sleep. After all, it’s quality rather than quantity that really counts.
Improvements in sleep will also lead to better recovery rates post exercise and allow you to train harder again impacting the calories out side of the equation (link).
In addition to this, insufficient sleep has been linked to an increase in consumption of calories. Research shows that on average this equates to 385 kcals per day. If this occurs day after day, week after week it will probably account for weight. (link)
Lack of sleep may also moderate the relationship between physical activity and feelings of fatigue meaning that if you don’t get a good night sleep you might just skip that work out. (link)
REHYDRATION POST EXERCISE WITH A TURMERIC SHOT
Rehydrating following exercise is also key to recovery. The MOJU Turmeric shots are great on their own but if you would like a longer drink, dilute 60ml in 500ml of water. Not only are you getting all the benefits of the turmeric shot but you are also replacing the fluids you have lost through sweat.
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