You get injured. On the ice. On the slopes. In the gym. You reach in the medicine cabinet for an NSAID to stop the pain. Let’s rewire this thought process. Instead open the fridge door.
Let’s look at some of the best foods to heal an injury. Getting you back in the game quicker.
Bring on the Curry
Curcumin is the sought after component in Turmeric — what makes curry so vibrantly yellow. Turmeric accelerates our bodies' ability to recover.
Veggies and more Veggies
Throw a colourful plate of veggies into a salad together. Veggies are rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C. Oxidation inhibits the body’s ability to heal — drains our resources. Antioxidants strengthen us and allow our body to focus on repair. In addition to its antioxidant nature, Vitamin C is necessary for making cartilage.
Up the Fish & Omega 3’s
Wild salmon is rich in omega 3 oils. Omega 3 fatty acids works on the same pathway as Advil, pushing the anti-inflammatory pathways in the body. Reduce the inflammation, will reduce swelling and the pain you experience.
Up the Protein
Collagen. It’s the building blocks to what has been damaged. We obtain collagen from taking in protein. An injury increases the body’s demand for protein. Focus on eggs, grass fed beef, organic chicken to gather protein.
Curb the Sweets
Sugar is inflammatory. We want inflammation at this time, but this is the wrong way to go about it. We want our body to put all of its resources into the injury, not to be diluted.
Here are a couple of favourite whole food diet blogs to get you started:
See you out on the slopes.
Bucci, Luke. Nutrition Applied to Injury Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine. CRC Press. 1995.
Davis, Mark et al. Curcumin Effects on Inflammation and Performance Recovery Following Eccentric Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage. American Journal of Physiology. June 2007 Vol. 292 no. 6, R2168-R2173.