Peak Performance – Cherry Juice
Another natural antidote that might spur the body’s recovery after brutally intense workouts is tart cherry juice, which research has found to reduce symptoms of exercise-induced muscle damage. (Worth noting: in many such studies, participants took down about two 12-ounce glasses of tart cherry juice daily.) Made with sour Montmorency cherries, tart cherry juice just doesn’t taste so palatable by itself, but pairing it with sweeter apple or pear juice makes it go down more smoothly.
Make It: Juice 1 green apple; 1/2 cup strawberries; 1/2 pound organic tart cherries, pits removed; 2 ribs celery; 1/2 cucumber, peeled if not organic; 1/2 lemon, peeled if not organic.