Kratom Tea for Working Out
We’ve already written our argument for why kratom makes a great natural pre workout. The next step is figuring out the best way to use kratom for working out. Kratom tea has been used for centuries (possibly even millenia) to help physical laborers with their work.
So using kratom tea to get a great workout only makes sense! Of course, kratom tea has historically been used as a necessary tool to earn a living. Whereas drinking kratom tea to grind in the gym may seem like an absurd 180 from a traditional perspective.
But alas! While we grapple with our mostly sedentary Western lifestyles, there is no reason not to try to dovetail traditional wisdom into our daily hour of sweat and toil. Let’s warm up (our body and some tea), learn the basics of working out with kratom tea, and crush a workout!
How is Kratom Tea Traditional Used?
Kratom is the name of both the plant and the leaf from the Mitragynia speciosa tree. It is an evergreen tree that can grow upwards of 80 feet tall! It is native throughout southeast Asia, and has a robust culture of use surrounding it in these regions.
In Thailand, specifically, kratom has a history dating back to the 1600’s, and some even suggest that it was used for thousands of years before it appeared on the written record.
Since kratom is a naturally growing tree, people first started consuming kratom by plucking leaves off the tree, and then chewing them. After chewing on the leaf for a few seconds to a minute, the leaf is spit out. As time went on, it became common practice for many people in Thailand and abroad to brew the leaves into a tea to drink later.
Kratom is desired because it has the wonderful properties of energizing the tea drinker. Like our beloved cup of coffee, kratom tea is drunk to give you a boost at work. Many Thai farmers will start their day with a cup of kratom tea and then chew or continue to drink tea periodically throughout the day as they feel is necessary.
Kratom and Physical Labor
Kratom is a tree that only grows in tropical regions. As you can imagine, that means it is hot! Putting in long, hard days toiling under the sun in a tropical environment is exhausting.
Even considering the difficulty of the environment, it is a testament to the will power and efficaciousness of kratom tea that these farmers routinely put in 12 hour days.
If kratom can help Thai farmers grind out a day of labor, then kratom tea can give your workout a boost!
When to Drink Kratom Tea Before Working Out?
We recommend that you drink your kratom tea about 30 minutes before you want to workout. Drink your tea an hour before your workout if you’ve eaten within the last two hours.
Kratom tea is the best way to consume kratom, since the active alkaloids are already extracted from the leaf and are in the water. Kratom tea also avoids having to digest the leaf matter, which is known for occasionally leading to upset stomachs.
Exercising, in general, dehydrates you. You should always drink water when working out. The necessity of drinking water while working out, however, only rises in importance when you use kratom tea as a pre workout. Like coffee, kratom is a diuretic, which means you pee more!
Avoid any of the symptoms of dehydration such as dizziness or dry mouth by simply increasing your intake of water. Sure, you’ll pee a little more, but trust us, it’s good for you!
How Much Kratom Tea Should I Drink Before Working Out?
Kratom tea has a fascinating range of effects. When you only drink a little bit of tea, like one or two tea bags, you will likely experience an energizing effect. When you drink more kratom tea, the effect switches. It can be calming and lead to a general feeling of wellness and relaxation through your body.
Since you will want to be motivated to give your best effort during your workout, you should try to drink the least amount of kratom tea that still gives you effects.
If you drink too much kratom tea before you work out, you may be at risk of dulling your awareness of how much you are taxing your muscles. Working out is all about being in touch with your body. Losing this connection by accidentally drinking too much kratom tea can lead to you pushing yourself too hard without realizing it.
You will definitely feel it the next day. With luck, you’ll only be extra sore. However, it is very possible that you may push yourself to the point of injury without realizing it.
This is all to say: drink your kratom tea in moderation, and start slowly with only one or two tea bags.
Best Kratom Strains for Working Out
Kratom strains are a mixed lot, without much consistency between batches. This is because the potency and effect of the kratom leaf is largely dependent upon how and where it was grown. Still, there are some consistent facets of kratom strains that can guide you to finding your best match.
Kratom is divided into several sub-categories. Foremost, there is only one kratom species: Mitragyna speciosa. All kratom comes from this plant. The next sub-category of kratom is based on vein color.
There are three types, which are dependent upon factors such as the age of the leaf, when it was picked, and how it was left to cure following being picked. These vein colors are white, green, and red. Any other vein colors that you see when browsing for kratom are usually the result of vendors mixing these three vein types.
The final kratom category type are the individual strains. These are usually categorized by the region that they are picked from. Within each region, there are different cultivars, which can yield different alkaloids ratios and types.
There is a lot of misinformation out there regarding kratom strains. Check out this blog post on the myth of kratom strains for more information.
White Vein for Stamina
Our favorite types of kratom for working out are the white veins. White veined kratom is renown for being particularly conducive to promoting energy.
Many people claim that they can replace their daily coffee with white vein kratom tea.
It is great for focus, motivation, and giving you that extra little boost of power to grind out that extra set. White vein kratom heads the recommendations for the best natural pre workout.
Green for Strength
While white vein kratom is usually the best kratom type for working out, many report having excellent results after drinking green vein kratom tea. The green veins are the most balanced type of kratom.
They fall somewhere in between red and white veins. They can be calming and centering, while still energizing you and giving you the focus you need to nail your workout.
Since green vein kratom tea also has red vein qualities, we recommend drinking even less green vein kratom tea than you would white vein. This way you do not accidentally lose your mind-muscle connection and push yourself too hard without realizing it.
You may think that we would not recommend red vein kratom for working out. By and large, you guessed correctly. Some people do report great success with using red vein kratom as a natural pre workout.
However, most find that white and green are still better. However, red vein kratom tea should still have a place in your gym bag.
Red for Recovery
After a hard workout, especially the day after, soreness can slow you down from doing your daily tasks. A nice cup or two of red vein kratom tea is a great way of promoting a general feeling of wellness and avoiding any disruption of your life due to the soreness.
Early Popularity of Kratom with Bodybuilders
Before kratom really kicked off in the United States, it had early popularity on bodybuilding forums. It was touted for its energizing effects, along with loads of other benefits.
If you go through the old forum conversations, you’ll notice how drastically the price has gone down since 2005. In 2005 dollars, 50 grams of kratom powder cost $159.99! In contrast, you can get 42 grams of premium kratom in tea bag form for just $19 today.