9 SUPERFOODS TO SPEED RECOVERY
Our bodies have the ability to heal themselves! We can aid this process by consuming the proper nutrients. This allows us to heal faster and more effectively from injuries (muscle soreness, dislocation fractures, joint and muscle sprains). Here are 9 SUPERFOODS that can help support your recovery:
This tropical fruit contains the enzyme bromelain, which can help reduce inflammation and muscle soreness. Add pineapple to a smoothie or salad after an intense workout.
Flaxseeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce joint pain including stiffness/inflammation. Grind flaxseeds to release its oils and then add a spoonful into your salad, oatmeal, or yogurt.
Carrots are rich in carotenoids. They are group of phytochemicals that help protect cells from free radicals, boost immunity, and help regulate inflammation. Other carotenoid-rich foods include apricots, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, and pumpkin.
Research has shown that cinnamon not only reduces inflammation but also fights bacteria, assists with blood sugar control, and enhances brain function. Sprinkle cinnamon over yogurt, cereal, oatmeal, or add to a smoothie.
Ginger contains several anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. They may relieve joint pain, prevent free radical damage, and increase immunity. Steep a couple of slices of ginger in hot water for ginger tea.
One of the richest known sources of antioxidants, tart cherries are an anti-inflammatory powerhouse. Research suggests that tart cherries offer pain relief from exercise-induced joint and muscle pain, and improve inflammatory markers. Add tart cherry juice to your smoothie or add tart cherries to salads or trail mix.
Walnuts are loaded with anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Add to salads or eat a handful of raw walnuts as a snack.
A mustard-yellow spice from Asia, turmeric gets its coloring from a compound called curcumin. Research shows that curcumin can improve chronic pain by suppressing inflammatory chemicals in the body. Take via capsule or add on top of grilled veggies.
Garlic inhibits inflammatory enzymes thanks to its main component allicin. In addition, it improves blood flow to the muscles and increases the function of immune cells. Use as a seasoning.
“Your setback is the platform for your comeback, your desire to change must be greater than the desire to stay the same.”
Let these superfoods fight for your fast recovery.
Author: Ruchi Mandot