Five Foods to Help You Recover from a Sports Injury

The food you eat can help speed up recovery time.

When you’re a lifelong athlete, it’s almost an expectation that at some point you will have to deal with an injury. Sports injuries are part of the package when you are constantly pushing your body to the limit and trying to maintain your physical fitness.

The human body is very resilient, and most of the time it will heal on its own without the need for surgical intervention. However, whether or not surgery is necessary, you can support your body and speed up your healing time with proper nutrition.

Many foods have anti-inflammatory, immunity supporting properties that can help get you back into fighting shape sooner.

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Here are five foods to eat while recovering from a sports injury:

Eggs- Eggs are high in protein, which helps your muscles repair and rebuild. Eggs also contain vitamins A, B12, zinc, iron, and selenium which help support your immune system and healing process.

Leafy Greens- Kale, arugula, spinach, and other leafy greens help fight inflammation, support immunity, and speed up wound healing. Leafy greens also contain vitamin C, magnesium, folate, manganese, and vitamin A, as well as antioxidants to fight free radicals.

Nuts and Seeds- Walnuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, and other nuts and seeds are a great source of zinc, vitamin E, manganese, and magnesium, which support your body’s immune response and help fight cellular damage.

Fresh Berries- Berries like strawberries and blueberries help create collagen, contain vitamin C, and are full of antioxidants to help with immunity and inflammation.

Salmon- Salmon is full of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamin B, zinc, iron, and selenium which helps your body heal faster.

Long story short, if you are in recovery from a sports injury, put down the Haagen Dazs and make nutritional choices that support your healing!

Published by karenmsutton

HSS Orthopaedic surgeon in sports medicine | Mother of 4 amazing children | Team physician for USA Women's Lacrosse | ACL injury expert

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