Nutella – the Magic ski dope November 28 2015, 0 Comments

It’s the dreaded 3rd day of your skiing holiday. Despite of your dedicated pre-season physical training (you did train right?) your body feels like it’s been spanked by a meat hammer – your muscles are sore, they don’t react as fast as your brain tells them to.

In other words you have a hard time mustering your normal big skiing smile. 

The solution is (legal) doping

We may just have the right solution for soothing your body: healthy doses of Magnesium - a natural mineral which works like (legal) doping.

How Magnesium Helps

Magnesium is essential for muscle recovery after hard training and normal muscular contraction and relaxation. Without proper magnesium levels, muscle cramping, soreness and fatigue can occur.

Even slight magnesium deficiency can impair athletic performance, reduce transfer of nerve signals and intensify post-skiing soreness.

It is estimated that up to half of the population lacks adequate magnesium—with seniors especially affected.

Foods packed with Magnesium:

  • Almonds & Nuts & Seeds (great supplement to your ample dose of chocolate when skiing)
  • Dark Chocolate (yeahh!)
  • Soy beans
  • Oatmeal
  • Peanuts/Peanut Butter
  • Brown Rice
  • Avocado
  • Spinach (so there was some truth in Popeye after all)
When going skiing I personally take additional magnesium pills just before I go to bed. It clearly helps my body to recover faster and avoid muscle soreness the next day...especially on the dreaded 3rd day.   

To avoid deficiency try to reduce your intake of coffee, alcohol and all acidic foods (meat, dairy products, sugar) as these force the body to lose magnesium.

    And where the heck does Nutella fit into all of this health-mania? 

    Well, first of all we wanted a catchy headline that would make you read this post. But it is actually not a total lie.
    Nutella does actually contain 6% Magnesium due to its high content of hazelnuts. So don’t hold back on the Nutella at breakfast on your ski holiday.

    Personally, I love a thick layer of Peanut Butter and Nutella on my bread - a cocktail only the higher powers could've conceived. As a bonus peanut butter also contains a fair amount of protein, which is also essential for rebuilding your muscles. But without the magnesium intake you won't get far with even the biggest steak. 

    Read more about magnesium here:

    In the comments field below we'd love to hear if you have also experienced that extra intake of Magnesium helps to keep you smiling on the slopes on the 3rd day.   

    Disclaimer: Proper physical training is of course still a prerequisite for avoiding injury and very sore muscles and ligaments after skiing. Magnesium will only help you to recuperate faster. Further, please refer to the recommended daily doses of Magnesium on the pill box or consult your doctor.

    Big smile greetings,

    Henrik Kryger Pallesen
    Founder of ANGEL FLOW