Feeling the burn after a tough workout? Soothe sore muscles with ginger. Researchers at the University of Georgia say eating 2 g of the root each day can zap post-exercise pain by as much as 25 percent within 24 hours of a workout. “We found ginger acts like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen or aspirin,” says lead researcher Patrick O’Connor. “It targets specific pain receptors to offer relief.”
Get your spice on: After a workout, blend fresh ginger into a smoothie (it’s delish with citrus and bananas) or grate it into a savoury stir-fry. Your triceps will thank you.