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The science behind Active Root Hot Recovery Drinks – Why do they make you feel better?
Active Root Hot Recovery Drinks are a great pick-me-up after a long run, hard cycle or sweaty work out. Whether you choose Hot Spiced, Hot Lemon or Hot Cocoa they’re all naturally warming and energising and are packed with our magic ingredient - ginger!
Spicy Active Root ginger found in our drinks not only helps calm your stomach but is packed with anti inflammatory compounds that can help sore muscles recover faster.
A natural painkiller, ginger supports blood circulation, activates the digestive system and stimulates blood flow which can help avoid stomach issues and nausea. Ginger is often used to ease sore, stiff joints too.
Research indicates that supplementing with ginger post-workout can help with muscle pain and support your body with recovery.
So, why is a good hot cup of Active Root so reviving?
First, it slows you down. Although we have all tried, it is difficult to gulp down a mug of steaming hot beverage without harming oneself. This makes you more inclined to sit down and take a bit of time for yourself. Having a break from your normal (stressful) routine also makes you feel more relaxed.
Research has shown that this effect is powerful enough to change the way you feel towards the people around you. Scientists in the US found that holding a cup of hot coffee made one feel friendlier to someone you have just met, compared to holding a cup of iced coffee.
Warmth is associated with safety, so perhaps this is not surprising. However, researchers suggest that the effects go beyond the psychological as warm sensations activated a part of the brain where judgements occur, making us less critical. Perhaps this is the reason that tea parties were invented?
Fight cold & flu symptoms with a hot recovery drinks
Hot drinks have also been used by many for their simple therapeutic effects. For instance, when coming down with a the common cold or flu, a warming drink can help you find relief from symptoms such as coughs, runny noses, sore throat or if you are feeling a bit shivery or feverish. This is why many people reach for Active Root Hot Recovery Drinks, and sometimes combine them with a Lemsip!
Ron Eccles, a Professor at Cardiff University and the Head of the Common Cold Centre, suggested that the use of hot drinks had the effect of reducing pain levels and the need to cough. This was particularly so for sweet hot drinks as endorphins are released from the brain stem and this effect alone could explain why they can make one feel better.
This proves it - Active Root Hot Recovery drinks not only help your recovery after training, they make you feel good and also can help reduce cold and flu symptoms!
HOT RECOVERY DRINKS RANGE
How to make Active Root Hot Recovery Drinks
Boil a kettle Take 1 x 300ml mug and add a 35g scoop of Active Root Hot Recovery which flavour you prefer, we love Hot Spiced.
Pour in 300ml boiling water, thoroughly stir until all granules have dissolved.
For our Hot Spiced if you like finish off with a slice of orange on the top.
For Hot Lemon we add in a teaspoon of honey for an extra sweet twist!
For Hot Cocoa add in some frothy cream and marshmallows!
Then get your compression socks on, stretch out those leg muscles, kick back and relax!