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My New Workout Companion Is Peppermint Water


Author: Brandon M.
Date: 04-24-2013
Views: 4,285
Word Count: 319
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 8493-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 5

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I weigh 255 pounds and am about 6'3". I do not last very long during cardio workouts. I am consistently last in all of the cardio-centric workouts in CrossFit. My wife begged me to go running with her and I refused to make any commitments because I hated running so much.

For the last two days of working out at CrossFit Texas, this is what I did:

* Several large glasses of 1-2 drops of Peppermint essential oil in the bottom of a glass
* Slowly pour the water in the glass to help mix the oil into the water
* Drink 3-4 glasses throughout the day
* Prepare one for the workout (and drink some just before and during if close to the glass)

This is what I found during the workout. It felt like I was sweating the menthol from the Peppermint oil, which really cooled me off! I did not become short of breath during the workout. My muscles were the limiting factor on how hard I could work out, but even then, the ample oxygen seemed to make them recover a lot faster!

As alluded to previously, my recovery was a whole lot faster! About 10 seconds after the workout (when we usually make sweat angels because we're so tired), I was up and doing handstand push-ups and pull-ups. I went home and ran 1.25 miles with my wife. During the last leg of the run, we sprinted back to the house. Within a few seconds of reaching the house, I was good to go again

I was the one who requested to go running with her after the workout! The combination of the menthol and the apparent oxygenation of the blood does wonders for me, especially living in Texas!

I wanted to post what I did specifically. You may not need to drink near as much of it to notice the benefits.


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: fatigue — "After inhalation of clary sage oil, cortisol levels were significantly decreased.... Thyroid stimulating hormone was also reduced.... Clary sage oil has antidepressant-like effect...."Link
2.Associated topics: fatigue — "Lavender, mint [peppermint], orange, rose, chamomile, rosemary, and sage were used.... Depression levels in the touch-music-aroma therapy group... showed a larger decrease than in the... control groups [that did not include aromatherapy].... [FMS] symptoms such as restless sleep, headache, morning fatigue, exhaustion, feeling like crying, and bowel complaints were also significantly reduced."Link
3.Associated topics: muscles — "[T]he effect of essential oils on skeletal and smooth muscle...: The first type of effect on skeletal muscle involved a contracture and inhibition of the twitch response to nerve stimulation shown by a sample of clary sage, dill, fennel, frankincense, and nutmeg; ...lavender reduced the twitch response alone."Link
4.Associated topics: muscles — "Herbalists treat skin ailments, such as fungal infections (like candidiasis), wounds, eczema, and acne, with lavender oil. It is also used in a healing bath for joint and muscle pain. One study evaluating treatments for children with eczema found [that] it was therapeutic touch from the mother that improved symptoms; in other words, massage with and without essential oils (including lavender) both reduced the dry, scaly skin lesions. Another study found that lavender oil may improve pain control after surgery."Link
5.Associated topics: muscles — "In nine studies, Vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin) has shown effectiveness for arteriosclerosis, autism, Bells palsy, chemotherapy-induced toxicity, degenerative disc disease, detox, muscle wasting, muscular dystrophy, neuroblastoma, neuroprotection, oxidative stress, and spinal stenosis."Link

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