You are what you eat… An apple a day keeps the doctor away!
Nutrition is SO importation in our daily lives but even more important when you are recovering from an injury. If you are an athlete, weekend warrior or even just a regular Joe, you will probably experience some inflammation at some point of your life. Inflammation can occur in your muscles, joints, digestive system or all of the above.
When that happens it’s BAD news. Inflammation causes pain, swelling and irritation to the surrounding tissues including muscles, joints and internal organs. Instead of grabbing for that bottle of ibuprofen here are some great food sources that can decrease inflammation!!
Avocados are a rich source of anti-inflammatory monounsaturated “good” fats. These are a great source of nutrients for runners and triathletes (high impact athletes), who are prone to inflammation of the joints. The vitamin E and C, manganese, selenium and zinc in avocados also helps to soothe inflammation.
Blueberries help decrease inflammation through their powerful antioxidant compounds.
3. Citrus Fruits (Lemons, Oranges, Limes, Grapefruit)
These fruits with high concentration of Vitamin C help to reduce swelling and inflammation especially in the respiratory system (your lungs) which is why they are often recommended to help aid with the common cold and flu. These fruits can also be extremely helpful with recovery from exercise induced asthma.
4. Dark, Leafy Greens
Dark, leafy greens are an excellent source of Vitamin E which help to protect your body against cytokines which cause inflammation. Adding kale or spinach to a recovery shake is a great way to get more veggies into your diet!
Ginger and Tumeric are 2 other options for decreasing inflammation. These simple and natural spices share many similar properties that are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. These spices are great for those individuals suffering from systemic inflammation such as arthritis or fibromyalgia pain.
Taking care of your body starts with proper nutrition and hydration! Try the examples above or consult with a nutritionist for a more detailed look at how to make changes.
Remember…You ARE what you eat! So eat healthy, eat often, and always drink plenty of water!