How good is it when you feel at the top of your game! You’re running faster and longer than you ever have before, you keep upping your weights at the gym and you’re really feeling like you’re smashing your fitness goals. You’re the epitome of fitness. What could possibly go wrong?
Well, have you ever reached your peak and then suddenly been struck down by an injury? This can be particularly frustrating, especially if you feel like all your hard work is slowly going down the drain. If you’re an avid exerciser, getting an injury can seriously feel like the end of the world, but it doesn’t have to be. Yes, your body needs time to recover but there are a number of things you can do to make the recovery journey that much quicker. Giving your body enough rest and ensuring your injured body part isn’t being pushed more than it should are the first things you should prepare for. But did you know that eating certain foods can also speed up your recovery process? That’s right, healing yourself from the inside out with the right kinds of foods could get you back to the top sooner than you may think.
If you’re an active person, it’s likely that you’ll have an injury at least at some stage in your life, so knowing which foods to help the recovery process will be invaluable. If you want to recover fast, check out why these 5 foods can help you get back on your feet in no time.
Green Leafy Vegetables – Bok Choy, Spinach, Kale, Celery
When you’re hit with an injury, one of the first things you should do is go into your fridge and reach for your greens, which are incredibly benefircial when it comes to reducing inflammation around injured muscle tissue.
Leafy green vegetables such as Bok Choy, Spinach, Kale and Celery are jam packed with rich antioxidants as well as containing anti-inflammatory flavonoids. While green vegetables aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, trust us, packing your diet full of these bad boys will significantly aid you in your recovery process.
If you find them particularly difficult to ingest, try adding these greens sneakily into foods you do enjoy: Throw a handful of kale into your morning breakfast smoothie, add broccoli and bok choy to your pasta dishes and stir-fries and even try baking grated zucchini into some sweet muffins – we promise you can’t taste it!
This might not give you much luck in the love department, but consuming garlic during your recovery will really help reduce inflammation of your injury.
Adding about 2 – 4 cloves of fresh garlic to your diet or better yet, tracking down some aged garlic extract, will improve your body’s ability to stave off inflammation, helping to reduce swelling and even reduce the pain of an injury.
Not only does this spice aid in cleaning and healing external wounds, consuming turmeric can help in mending your injury faster from the inside out.
The active ingredient curcumin is said to be responsible for the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric. And better yet, you can now consume the bright yellow spice in the form of trendy Melbourne drink. Switch your coffee up for a ‘Golden Latte’ in the mornings and you’re on your way to recovery.
Nuts and Seeds
This one’s both easy and delicious to include more of in your diet! Oh so tasty and simple to snack on, nuts and seeds are the often overlooked superfood which could take you from couch to track again in no time.
Hidden within Nuts and Seeds is Zinc, and Zinc is very important in the healing process. Zinc helps your body use the various fats and proteins you consume to promote growth and healing of any injured tissue.
As well as being delicious, blueberries, also contain a powerful antioxidant called ‘quercetin’ that is great for recovery.
Packed with anti-inflammatory powers, dark coloured berries such as blueberries can reduce swelling and consequently pain in injured areas. They are also incredibly easy to integrate into your daily diet; add them to your breakfast cereal, top your yogurt with them or included them in baked goods.
Nothing is fun about an injury, and the idea of slowing down when you’re killing the fitness game can really get you down. But by eating more of the foods listed above, you can actively do something about getting back on your feet sooner rather than later.
Simply being conscious about the types of foods you’re consuming when your body needs to repair itself could be the difference between getting back to your prime in 2 weeks instead of 6.