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Foods That Heal Your Aches And Pains

Posted Mar 24 2009 3:20pm
Can eating spinach help to heal a stress fracture? It can certainly help!

We all have read articles on how nutrition can help reverse inflammatory diseases (heart disease, Alzheimer's, cancer, arthritis, et al) but truth is, what we eat can speed our recovery when it comes to injuries such as stress fractures, sprains, tendinitis and even muscle soreness.

If you find yourself with an injury, below are some tasty remedies to help speed your recovery, including some terrific recipe ideas from Roni over at Green Lite Bites!

Injury: Stress Fracture
Foods That Heal: Low-fat milk, spinach, yogurt, collard greens, basil, kale, shrimp, sardines
The Science: The combination of calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin K speeds up bone formation to help repair fracture.

Check out Roni's recipe for Spinach Ricotta Roll's

Injury: Sprain
Foods That Heal: Bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries, Brussels sprouts, kale, spinach, oranges, grapefruit, tomatoes, raspberries
The Science: Vitamin C encourages collagen formation which is crucial for rebuilding injured ligaments.

Check out Roni's recipe for Roasted Red Pepper and Spinach Salad

Injury: Tendinitis
Foods That Heal: Salmon, scallops, sardines, shrimp, cod, walnuts, flaxseeds
The Science: Polyunsaturated fats such as those found in fish and nuts help reduce inflammation

Check out Roni's recipe for Oat and Flax Crusted Tilapia


Injury: Muscle Soreness
Foods That Heal: Whole grains, lentils, cod shrimp, turkey, salmon, yogurt, eggs, peanut butter
The Science: Carbs help to restore energy and protein helps repair the damaged muscle fibers

Grab yourself a post-workout shake or peanut butter on a slice of Ezekiel bread to help ward off DOMS!

Train hard; stay strong.

Peace.

Susan

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