How to Recover Quicker From Post-Workout Muscle Soreness

Muscle soreness after working out is pretty normal and often a sign that you're getting stronger or your workout was effective. Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) usually begins within 6-8 hours after a new activity or a change in activity, and can last up to 24-48 hours. 

If you're still feeling sore after a rest day and looking to recover quicker to smash your next training session, try having Rockin' Wellness Chocolate Cacao Organic Superfood Mix before or after working out on a regular basis to see a noticeable difference in your energy levels.

Here are 5 ways chocolate cacao helps with muscle recovery: 

1. Loaded with antioxidants 
- Exercise triggers more free radical activity—and free radicals cause oxidative stress and inflammation. Antioxidants fight free radical damage by inhibiting oxidation, which is why incorporating our Chocolate Cacao mix can help with muscle soreness. 

2. Reduce stress - Cortisol, a stress hormone is released shortly after exercise. Cacao has been studied extensively for its ability to reduce cortisol levels, which helps the body recover faster after an intense workout. 

3. Anti-inflammatory - Inflammation often occurs with an intense workout and cacao is a nutrient dense food with anti-inflammatory properties.  

4. Rich source of flavonoids - Flavonoids help regulate cellular activity and fight off free radicals that cause oxidative stress on your body. In simpler terms, they help your body function more efficiently while protecting it against everyday toxins and stressors.

5. Enhanced blood flow - Epicatechin, a type of natural phenol and antioxidant in cacao stimulates vasodilation -- the widening of the blood vessels. This leads to better blood flow, circulation, lower blood pressure, and better athletic performance.

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