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Athletes of all kinds, whether professional, amateur or weekend warriors all need to be thinking about recovery and injury prevention.  The first part of this is making sure that you are taking the time to stretch, roll or do whatever it is you do to stay mobile; don’t skip this step.  Many of you may incorporate some professional treatment in your regular maintenance, such as Chiropractic care, Physio or RMT. The other is ensuring that your nutrition and body is in balance to maximize your recovery efforts.

When we talk about strenuous, or high intensity exercise we need to think about the inflammation that comes along with it.  Inflammation is a normal response to this type of training, however, when inflammation becomes chronic, that is when problems begin.  There are a few things that you can practice, alongside a balanced nutritional plan, to maximize recovery and ensure that the inflammatory response is favourable so you will be ready to take on your next training session:

  1. Drink enough fluids with electrolytes while training, staying hydrated is key;
  2. Consume enough fatty fish or omega-3s;
  3. Try Tart cherry juice – shown to be high in anthocyanins, an antioxidant found in red and purple fruits;
  4. Experiment with nitric oxide and nitrates – Nitrates from foods such as: beets, celery and leafy greens will turn to nitric oxide (NO) in the body. NO increases blood flow and in turn enhances recovery and may reduce inflammation;
  5. Take your Magnesium – in the mineral balance world today it is quite common to see magnesium deficiency in the majority of people.  If you lack magnesium some of the symptoms you may feel are muscle cramps, twitches or spasms. There is evidence that marginal magnesium deficiency impairs exercise performance and amplifies the negative consequences of strenuous exercise. 

So the next time you are at the gym working your way through a WOD, or a kettlebell workout make sure you are providing your body the tools it needs to be able to fully recover in order to steer clear of injury and perform at your best.

Written by multi-time Kettlebell Sport World Champion and Vykon Founder, Lisa Pitel-Killah. Follow her @lisapitelkillah.

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Vykon Supplements founded by Lisa Pitel-Killah, Hair Mineral Analysis Expert & Educator, Board-Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Functional Diagnostic Practitioner, and multi-time Kettlebell Sport World Champion.  Her animal study includes Holistic Carnivore and Equine Nutritionist and advanced Animal HTMA (Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis). Lisa is the host of the Human Optimization podcast and the co-host of the annual HTMA Virtual Summit, bringing mineral education to the masses.  The science of HTMA can identify exactly what your body, or your animal’s body, needs to thrive.  Customize, simplify, and revitalize life with Vykon.


Sue’s background includes being a two sport athlete in University and a member of Ontario Field Hockey team. She completed her CIS eligibility in College for photojournalism following 25 years as a photojournalist. Supporting two daughters through competitive hockey, Sue discovered her passion for Holistic Nutrition and returned to study at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition, graduating with her Certified Nutrition Practitioner designation. She has a strong passion for supporting people through chronic stress. Sue enjoys time on the water, has her Level 1 SUP certification and recently started racing.


Kailan spent her youth on her family farm; from a young age she developed an interest in how the mental and physical wellness of animals can impact their bonding and performance. After improving the health of her equine companions, she has had some pivotal moments resulting in multiple national championship titles. Her inherent passion for health coupled with her degree in engineering has led her on this journey to help humans and animals alike realize the benefits of optimized health.  

Kailan’s goal is to enlighten others to the resources available, aid in resolving root cause of barriers and breakdown misconceptions surrounding poor behavioural patterns.


Yielding over a decade of professionalism in design and entrepreneurship, Grace is in charge of the many multimedia projects at Vykon. With an Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design, her artistic eye and a flair for creativity brings a unique touch to every project she undertakes. When she’s not working, Grace enjoys trying new recipes, watching movies and spending an afternoon in an art gallery.