Foods can heal your body after an accident or injury. Yes, it’s really that easy. Although hunger is not what leaps to mind after an injury, food is essential to help you heal and some foods help more than others. So let’s talk about 7 foods for natural healing.
Even though you’ve been injured, don’t worry, your body is equipped with superpowers. Maybe not Super Girl powers, but still powerful and worth talking about. So, let’s chat about vitamins C & A, protein, greens, bone broth, zinc, and foods rich in curcumin.
Vitamin C & A
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, giving your body protection from harmful free radicals. C’s job is also to build new protein for skin, scar tissue, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. So eat your citrus, broccoli, and peppers.
Vitamin A helps stimulate the production and activity of white blood cells that are vital to healing and fighting off infection. You can get some good A’s in sweet potatoes, carrots, and sunflower seeds.
Our bodies are made from protein, so it makes sense to eat it when you’re injured to rebuild your body. Protein is a key player in a number of important healing processes right after an accident. Foods high in protein include meat, eggs, yogurt, and quinoa.
It’s true, greens are on every “good for you” list out there. And so healing is no exception. Greens, especially kale, are high in micronutrients and minerals. Choose any that look interesting to you such as spinach, chard, mustard greens, or arugula.
Bone broth helps to speed up the healing process. Use chicken bones, with lots of stuff left on them. You’ll end up with a broth that’s very nutrient-rich and precious to healing tissues. With all the building blocks that ligaments, tendons, muscles, and skin need to heal. Bone broth is one of the best foods for healing, and it’s always comforting.
Super Healer, Zinc
Zinc helps you grow new tissue after an injury. It’s vital in the healing process. It’s an important player in the immune system and is also very important in wound healing. Foods with zinc include oysters, lamb, pumpkin seeds, grass-fed beef, and cashews.
Yellow = Curcumin
Yellow equals Curcumin. Turmeric is high in curcumin and turns curries that lovely yellow color. Besides the beautiful yellow color, it decreases inflammation which is necessary to heal from an injury. Curcumin is a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. So it’s important to eat your pineapple, ginger, and turmeric when you need to heal.
Massage can also be a great way to enhance the healing process. Contact us about our Sports Massage Therapy in Salt Lake City.
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