Looking to Increase Muscle Tone?
Working out isn’t the only way to increase muscle tone. Check out how these 7 nutrients might be your holy grail for building muscle and increasing muscle tone! Time to eat up… intelligently!
Nutrients and muscle tone…
Muscle building can be a daunting task, that is, if you don’t have any clue how you can outsmart the unwanted bulges on your body and wise up on growing your muscles.
You see, exercising is a required activity but it’s not the only thing you should be doing when improving your muscle tone.
Other than exercising and putting on your firming cream, like BeautyBum, you should also make sure that you’re getting the right nutrients your muscles need to grow and maintain a firm muscle tone. Listed below are 7 of the nutrients that play the most important roles in building a gorgeous muscle tone:
You cannot possibly talk about improving muscle tone and neglect your proteins at the same time. Proteins serve very basic and yet highly significant functions that has to do with the growth, repair, maintenance, breakdown and development of muscles.
Proteins are made up of amino acids, each has distinct roles in the regulated use of fat, muscles and glucose. Some amino acids also serve the very important role of facilitating better absorption of other nutrients, and development and maintenance of all tissues within the body as well. Chick peas, nuts and soy are all excellent, non-animal sources of protein.
2. Vitamin C
This powerful nutrient serves both protective and regenerative functions. It serves as an antioxidant that improves your body’s immune response, including shielding cells from the damaging effects of free radicals. It reinvigorates your cells to produce higher levels of collagen which is both a necessary component in skin restructuring and muscle-building. Citrus fruits remain the top sources of this essential vitamin.
3. Vitamin E
This not only enhances the benefits of Vitamin C but also acts as a strong antioxidant itself and a natural inflammatory agent. Vitamin E helps tired muscles recover from stress, including during and after exercise, so that rather than be damaged, your muscles are able to grow and your muscle tone improves as a result.
It is also a good source of healthy fats which also relieves the body of inflammation. Vitamin E sources include almonds, avocados, leafy greens, fish and plant oils.
While calcium is better known as the bone-building nutrient, it helps build your muscles as well. This nutrient serves a key role in helping muscles contract and the body recover from fatigue during and following exercise. When calcium for muscle use is unavailable, your body will take a hit on your bones to obtain that calcium. Then, you find yourself in a double whammy — you are losing calcium as your muscles shrink too.
Dairy is still a leading source of calcium but, if you’re on a non-dairy diet, you can get it from oranges, broccoli, sardines and other leafy greens as well.
This mineral facilitates the coordination between your nerve impulses and your muscles. Other than calcium, potassium is also a key nutrient involved in muscle contraction. Its major function is to keep your blood pressure in check which certainly affects how your muscles get the nutrients it needs to grow and to stay firm. Spinach, tomatoes and plum are all good and healthy sources of potassium.
6. Vitamin B Complex
This contains 8 B vitamins which, together, are primarily responsible for converting nutrients in the body into energy which the body can use for many processes, including muscle-building. These group of essential vitamins keep your nervous and cardiovascular systems functioning optimally as well.
Pyroxidine, in particular, transforms amino acids into proteins, including proteins that help grow muscles, and those that restructure the skin matrix to patch damaged areas that need repair.
7. Fatty acids
These help your muscles recover from fatigue, especially tiredness resulting from exercise. When the body starts the repair process, it gives your muscles room to grow and develop.
In particular, what your body needs are two groups of unsaturated fats, Omega-3 and Omega-6. The first you can obtain from walnuts and fatty fish like salmon or sardines. The other you can derive from soy, corn and sunflower oil.
Firming creams like BeautyBum contain oils as well, such as plant-derived squalene oil. These oils may promote muscle firming as well as smoothen skin.
Eating right is a prerequisite to become healthier and to look better.
Keep in mind that striking a balance is the key.
Loading up too much on these 7 nutrients can have side effects too.