High Quality Foods:
First of all, don’t shape up your diet when you get injured. You should eat high quality foods for healing. You’ll have a hefty amount of vitamins and minerals stored in your liver. In addition, these vitamins and minerals will be ready to be put into action. Furthermore, a well-nourished athlete should have enough vitamin C stored in their liver. The vitamin C should last for about six weeks in your system. Consequently, your body needs vitamin C to speed up the healing process. Eating junk food with a serious sports injury is a big mistake. It will not help your body with the healing process. Some common injuries are a bike crash, skiing tumble, or a hockey blow. If you eat food low in nutrition and end up in the hospital, your body will not heal. Eat clean every day.
Be a Smart Athlete:
A-lot of injured athletes are afraid of getting fat and often starve themselves. Even injured athletes have to eat. In addition, I’ve seen an injured runner on crutches starve himself for three days. He couldn’t exercise so as a result he didn’t eat. He said he would eat if he could burn off calories with intense exercise. That is a big mistake. Furthermore, some athletes lose their appetite post-surgery, therefore using this lack of appetite to lose weight. A smart athlete realizes that your body needs good nutrition for the healing process.
Your Organs burn Fat:
Consequently, your organs help your body burn the majority of the calories you eat. The organs are metabolically active and require a lot of fuel as a result. About two-thirds of the calories consumed by the average person, support the energy needed to exist. In addition, your body requires 10% to 20% more calories with trauma or minor surgery. Your body needs to speed up the healing process. Your body doesn’t need as many calories if you’re sedentary. But if you’re injured, you need more than your sedentary baseline. Your body is your best calorie counter. If you eat a small meal every three hours you will boost your metabolism.
Muscle doesn’t turn to Fat Post-Injury:
Muscles do not turn into fat when you are unable to exercise. Your muscles will shrink, which is most noteworthy. I tore my quad muscle and my leg looks real small as a result. But once I start exercising, I will rebuild the muscles to their original size. Your body will not get fat from lack of exercise. Furthermore, if you overeat while you are injured, you will gain weight. A football player with a bad concussion can gain 15 pounds post-injury if he continues to eat garbage. But if you eat clean, your body will stay lean. In addition, your meals and snacks should be healthy to speed up the healing process.
Speed up the healing process:
To speed up the healing process your body needs a variety of quality foods. Furthermore, these foods will supply a plethora of nutrients your body needs to function and heal. Don’t cut your carbohydrates. Eat low glycemic carbs. If you eat low glycemic carbs your body will sustain energy and stay lean as a result. Low glycemic means low sugar and high in fiber. If you eat grains, fruits, and vegetables you will speed up the healing process. By using carbs for fuel, the protein you eat can be used to heal and repair muscles. In addition, if you eat less carbs, your body will burn protein for fuel. That hinders the healing process.
Protein is Important:
Your body needs protein from lean meats, legumes, nuts and eggs. Protein digests into amino acids. These amino acids are needed to repair damaged muscles. Furthermore, your body needs a steady stream of amino acids to promote the healing process. Extra protein is especially relevant for post-injury or surgery. Give your body 20 to 30 grams of protein at each meal and snack. Thirty grams of protein is three eggs, one cup of cottage cheese, four ounces of meat, poultry, or fish. Vegans can have two-thirds of a Fourteen-ounce cake of firm tofu, or one and a quarter cups of humus. Your body needs amino acids. The right foods will help the healing process.
In addition, plant oils like olive and canola oil will speed up the healing process. Peanut butter, nuts and other nut butters are fats your body needs. Also, ground flax seeds, flax oil, and avocado are anti-inflammatories. Furthermore, if you eat fish with omega-3 fish oils you will help the healing process as a result. Eat two or three fish meals per week. Choose fish that have a high fat content. Pacific salmon, sardines and albacore tuna can help your body. Consequently, omega-6 fats can impair the healing process if the foods are packaged with partially hydrogenated oils. If you eat processed foods, you will slow down the healing process. Stay away from corn, sunflower, safflower, cottonseed, and soy oils. These oils will contribute to inflammation. The healing process will take longer.
Fruits and Vegetables:
Eat colorful fruits and vegetables. Your body will get more nutrition from fruits and vegetables than in a vitamin pill. Fruits and vegetables have powerful anti-oxidants. They lower inflammation and help with the healing process. In addition, blueberries, strawberries, carrots, broccoli, and pineapple will help your body recover. Make smoothies for convenience.
Finally, your body needs minerals for healing. Magnesium is the most important mineral there is. Collard greens and fatty fish have a good amount of magnesium to quicken the healing process.
Herbs and Spices:
In conclusion, herbs and spices have anti-inflammatory compounds. Turmeric, garlic, cocoa, green tea, and most plant foods will help your body heal as a result. Eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Eat your herbs and spices in pill-form. Consume herbs and spices on a daily basis. This lays a strong foundation for the healing process.