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          Recovery guide

          What does it mean to recover, and how do you recover in the best way possible? Flowlife has put together the ultimate guide on how to proceed. The recovery guide contains headings that apply to man's most basic needs but also sections that deal with which of our products you can use to achieve the best recovery. 

          You can, at any time when reading the blog post, click on the product mentioned to get to its information page.

          Steps for recovery

          Recovery is a process containing elements that are all important individually. Each recovery element goes “hand in hand” and compliment each other. The different steps together complete the fundamental circle for you and your body to recover in the best way. We have categorized recovery into four stages: sleep, diet, recovery tools, and stress reduction.

          Sleep

          What happens to your body when you sleep?

          In short, you can describe it as your body repairing itself while it sleeps. When you sleep, the brain (the entire body) can recover since blood pressure, body temperature, heart rate, and stress hormones go down, and the muscles relax. The immune system is activated, and growth hormones are released.

          Why is sleep important for recovery?

          The better your sleep, the more prepared your mind and body will be to meet the next day. As previously mentioned, the body repairs itself while sleeping, which means it recharges the central nervous system. The central nervous system controls muscle contractions, reaction time, and critical thinking. 

           

          Lack of sleep affects the body's ability to heal itself. Sleeping poorly for some time is not dangerous. The body is usually good at compensating for the lack of sleep the very next night by making it deeper and thus qualitative. If you sleep poorly for a long time, you should take it seriously and address the problem. The primary signs and symptoms of sleep deprivation include:

          • Slower muscle recovery
          • Change in mood
          • Increase the level of stress hormones, including cortisol
          • Decrease restoration of energy

          How to improve sleep

          You can improve your sleep by creating and maintaining good routines. Below is a list of strategies on what you can do to improve your sleep:

           

          Set a curfew for blue light. Blue light, such as sunlight, helps you stay alert and improves your mood. Our brain is built to work on a circadian system, which means we are awake when the sun is out and rest when it is dark. The brain does not know the difference between blue light from the sun or from you watching Netflix. The blue light will block a hormone that makes you sleepy called melatonin, which is supposed to prepare you for sleep. Trade your cell phone screen time for a book that does not contain blue light.

           

          Reduce your caffeine intake or set a caffeine curfew at a specific time of the day. The recommendation is to stop drinking caffeine around 1 or 2 o'clock, but the break time for drinking coffee varies since different people are also affected differently.

           

          To know what time suits you best, it's good to know how long the caffeine stays in the blood. Experts claim that the caffeine peak is reached 30-50 minutes after the caffeine has been consumed and that half of the caffeine has been eliminated after 3-5 hours, decreasings with each passing hour. Based on this, you should drink the last sip of caffeine six hours before bed.

           

          Good quality sleep starts in the morning. A regular wake-up pattern can help you set up a routine. Returning to the circadian system, we are built to be awake when the sun is up. We recommend you buy a light therapy lamp to use during the darker parts of the year to keep your morning routine consistent. You’ve probably heard the saying,” breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” right? It’s because what you eat in the morning sets the hormonal schedule for the rest of the day.


          A sleeping environment is critical. In the bedroom, light (or darkness...) and temperature play a significant role. Black-out curtains can be beneficial. They darken the room and block out the sun's rays, making it more relaxed in the room. There are several benefits to sleeping in a room with a lower temperature. Among other things, it reduces the risk of metabolic diseases.

          Nutrition

          How does nutrition affect recovery?

          Getting the right amount of food helps replenish energy (glycogen) lost and provides good nutrients for the body to repair muscle tissue. 

           

          Nutrition will also impact the way we sleep. Getting the right amount of micronutrients throughout the day, such as vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D, can help guide the body to restful sleep.

          Hydration

          Most of our body is water, so you would assume hydration is essential to recovery. It helps transport good nutrients and flushes out toxins from the body. Hydration assists with regulating body temperature. 

           

          How much water should you drink? It depends. People are very unique with different body sizes. Some people may sweat more than others.


          Recovery with tools

          Tools such as Flowlife recovery products can be beneficial to recovery. It allows you to get a massage at the convenience of your own home. A massage helps calm the nervous system and relaxes the mind and body. The Flowgun is commonly used to help improve muscle soreness, mobility, and recovery.

          There are different ways to use the products.

          Here is a link to some ways to use our products.

          Managing stress

          Let’s be honest; there is no such thing as stress-free. Stress comes in all kinds of forms, which can be good or bad. Exercise is physical stress which, when we recover from, we increase our physical abilities. 

           

          The high amount of stress can hurt not just your mind but your body as well. Stress releases hormones such as cortisol which helps us wake up in the morning. Too much of it can affect our healing process in the body. Constant stress can affect how the body typically balances hormones that are supposed to help regulate body functions, such as blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels. 

           

          The first step to managing stress is understanding that high pressure can be harmful. There are many ways to decrease anxiety. Passively, lying down to read a book or watch tv is a form of recovery. Actively, like laughing, walking, or playing with your dog, is an active form of healing.

          Summary

          Understanding each part can help you improve your overall recovery. Many of the steps complement each other.

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