Why Healthy Eating is Important for Injury Recovery
Healthy eating will keep your body strong and healthy, giving it the best chance to recover from injuries. Eating the right nutrients will give your body the strength and the things it needs to repair and speed up the healing process.
Think of the food you eat as vessel full of soldiers and Doctors, once the vessel lands in your gut, the soldiers and doctors are sent throughout your body to help repair damage and fight off any bad guys!
What should I be eating to help my body recover from an injury?
The protein you get from food is used to help repair your muscles.
Food high in protein: meat, poultry, fish, eggs, chickpeas, beans, lentils, milk, yoghurt, cheese, nuts and seeds.
Foods high in Omega-3 fats will help reduce inflammation and heal injuries and wounds.
Food high in Omega-3: Salmon, tuna, walnuts, flax seeds, chia seeds.
Foods high in calcium are vital to strengthen and recover your bones.
Food high in calcium: milk, yoghurt cheese, leafy green vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and spinach.
Vitamin C helps with collagen formation which is used to heal muscles and wounds. Vitamin C also helps keep your immune system strong.
Food high in Vitamin C: citrus fruits, potatoes, green peppers, cauliflowers, broccoli, strawberries, romaine lettuce and spinach.
Vitamins A and E
These vitamins help repair damaged muscles.
Food high in Vitamin A: sweet potato, carrots, spinach, romaine lettuce, peas, broccoli, melon, capsicums, Apricots, eggs, fish, milk cheese, meat, poultry.
Food high in Vitamin E: nuts, seeds green leafy vegetables and vegetable oils.
Key Takeaway Points
Regularly eating a range of fruits vegies, protein, nuts, seeds, dairy, wholegrains, lean meat and fish will give your body the best chance at recovering from injuries.
It is only if your diet is low in these foods and high in processed foods filled with sugar, refined carbs, salt and fat that your body will not be equipped with the things it needs to help you recover from injury and illness!
Check out this week’s recipe full of healthy foods to keep your body healthy and strong!
Serves: 4 Time: 25mins Cost: $22 approx. ($5.50/serve)
- 4 small Tortillas
- 400g salmon
- ¼ tsp chilli powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp onion powder
- ¼ tsp salt and pepper
- olive oil
- 1 avocado
- ½ bunch coriander
- 1 lime
- 1 chilli
- 1 orange
- ½ red onion
- dice salmon.
- mix chilli powder, cumin, salt and pepper through salmon.
- dice avocado and orange, finely dice onion and chilli, roughly chop coriander, squeeze through lime juice. Put aside.
- heat olive oil in pan, cook salmon for approx. 5 mins flipping a couple of times. Put aside.
- heat more olive in in same pan. Cook tortillas approx. 45 seconds each side.
- construct Tacos!
- serve with a coleslaw or pan fried vegies.