by Robin Nielsen
This is a picture of my pretty toes right before I went surfing this past Sunday…just before I slipped my warm booties on over them to dip into the cold waters of Santa Cruz. As I get ready to go surfing each time, I think about my flexibility. How is my body feeling? Where am I tight?
Maybe you wake up in the morning feeling stiff and tight.
- Get good sleep – at least 8 hours, uninterrupted night every night
- Eat good protein (free range, organic) such as wild caught fish, beef, chicken, whey and eggs
- Eat lots of vegetables: eat a rainbow to get a wide variety of nutrients – try some sea veggies too like kombu (use like a bay leaf – toss when finished) in your soups to add lots of amazing minerals, or arame which is also great for the skin.
- Supplements: if you still need some support to get flexible, try the following:
- Green food – a powder made from vegetables and fruits with lots of good nutrients.
- Extra magnesium: it is a muscle relaxer (too much, though and you’ll have diarrhea so try the chelated form) – try 250mg-500mg at lunch and before bed or try an epsom salt bath.
- Taurine and theanine: these amino acids (breakdown of protein) are very relaxing – you can try this supplement as it contains both – Stress Arrest
- Calcium and magnesium are very important for muscle function – try them in equal amounts of 250-500mg 2 times daily (use the chelated form)
- Breathe deeply during the day. Short, or shallow breathing causes tight, stressed muscles, and we all do it! So, when you hit the bathroom, breathe. It will help you get into the routine of deep breathing to relax.
Get flexible! You will feel better and will grow younger. That’s a big woo hoo!