Juicing is a valuable tool that every runner can use in their hydration plan! Fruits and vegetables are living foods that are rich in water and packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, all which help reduce inflammation caused by exercise. Conventional wisdom says runners should load up on carbs like bread, pasta, bagels, and rice before workouts to sustain their energy levels. These things require energy to break down and digest, which is not ideal for training.
Additionally, many people feel heavy after eating such foods and are sensitive to gluten and/or all grains. Juices are a great alternative if heavy carbohydrate foods do not work for you because they contain natural fruit sugars providing easily digestible carbohydrates. Juices remove the fiber, which helps the body access the energy and nutrition they provide quickly and easily with very little digestive labor. This helps prevent bloating, cramping, and indigestion on runs.
Ready to get juicing? Here are my top Suja picks for the best juices to consume for runners:
1) Purify: This ruby beet based gem can make it to the finish line. Beets are a great source of nitrate. Nitrate is converted to nitric oxide, which can help lower blood pressure and extend endurance. It has also been shown to reduce oxygen consumption. This is great for long distance running.
2) Fuel: Soothe your joints with this carrot based tropical blend infused with anti-inflammatory turmeric. Running can beat up your body. We know this, but we love it so how can we help prevent some of the inflammation that occurs in our knees, hips, shoulders, and feet? Incorporating anti-inflammatory power foods like turmeric can do a lot to alleviate exercise-induced muscle damage.
3) Green Supreme: Oh, kale. How we love thee. This strong dark green is a nutrient powerhouse packed with vitamins and minerals, including iron, which is an important mineral for runners. It is rich in Vitamins C and folate, which are both great immune boosters, an important element when training because exercise decreases immunity for up to 24 hours after. Sip this bright and tangy emerald blend and you will be a kale lover in no time.