What we put inside our bodies is just as important as what we do on the outside when we’re recovering from a condition or injury. Nutrient-dense foods are powerhouses full of vitamins and minerals that can help repair injured bones, muscles, joints, and ligaments. Certain foods can also help fight inflammation and reduce pain.
Read on to find out which foods you should add to your recovery grocery list.
Add vitamin C-rich foods like citrus, berries, peppers, and broccoli to your diet. These foods encourage healing by helping your body build new proteins for scar tissue, connective tissue, skin, and blood vessels. They’re also full of free radical-fighting antioxidants.
When you’re in recovery, you need plenty of protein and potassium for muscle repair. Load up on foods like greek yogurt, lean chicken and turkey, bananas, avocados, leafy greens, fish, soy beans, and eggs.
To help reduce pain and inflammation, include fatty fish and whole grains in your diet. These foods are high in omega-3s and fiber, which help reduce levels of C-reactive protein (a known marker of inflammation). Almonds are also a great option because they’re full of fiber, calcium, vitamin E, and antioxidants – all nutrients that fight pain-triggering inflammation.
And remember, steer clear of sugars, processed foods, and saturated fights. All these work against you, leading to weight gain, and triggering pain and inflammation that hinder your recovery.
Posted on behalf of Sovereign Rehabilitation
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