Athletes have known that drinking watermelon juice before an intense workout prevents muscle soreness but now its been proven. Research from the Technical University of Cartagena in Spain found that those that drank 500 mls natural watermelon juice before an intense workout had almost no aches and pains in their muscles the next day.

Encarna Aguayo and her colleagues suggest its due to the watermelons unusual amino acid ( L-citrulline also found in garlic and onions ). Interestingly the results were better with natural rather than juice enriched with extra amino acid because the amino acid in the natural juice was more bioavailable. It was a small study but try it out for yourself, watermelon is a great antioxidant packed with muscle building properties.

For a delicious pre workout watermelon smoothie recipe click here
( J Agricult Food Chem,2013;61:7522)

Michelle Toocaram

Michelle Toocaram

Michelle Toocaram has been a natural therapist for over 20 years. She has a life long interest in health and natural medicine and has trained extensively in both the UK and Australia. She graduated from the Dorothy Hall College of Herbal Medicine with distinction. Dorothy Hall is Australia's most well known herbalist with over 40 years of professional practice and teaching and the author of many leading books on the subject. She also founded the Australian Traditional Medicine Society, which regulates natural therapists.

Michelle studied in the UK with both the School of Phytotherapy and the Self Heal School. She also had a Diploma in Iridology from the Independent School of Iridology.

Michelle also studied Journey Therapy with Brandon Bays and is an accredited Journey Practitioner.

Advanced Diploma (Dorothy Hall) Classical Herbal Medicine

Diploma of Iridology

Diploma of Anatomy & Physiology

Accredited Journey Practitioner

Diploma of Remedial Massage

Member Australian Traditional Medicine Society

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