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.
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.
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!