Physical therapists work together with patients to create a comprehensive recovery plan after an injury. While a lot of the focus is on physical exercises and mobility, a key component for recovery is nutrition. Research continues to show the many benefits of nutrition including helping control pain and inflammation, rebuilding injured tissue, helping with autoimmune diseases and obesity, and building strength.
The Power of Nutrition
Although carbohydrates can get a bad rap, these are known to provide great nutrients to fuel the body and build energy prior to exercise. Still, it is important to know which carbs have the nutrients you need as eating the right kind can prepare your muscles to rebuild mass faster.
Additionally, it is key to keep a balanced diet, consuming plenty of nutrients and vitamins throughout the day. Lean protein is fundamental, while fruits and vegetables will boost fiber and staying hydrated is essential to the healing process.
Essential Vitamins and Nutrients
Vitamin C helps grow and repair body tissue, produce collagen, maintain healthy bones, and heals wounds. Citrus fruits, strawberries, pineapple, red bell and chili peppers, kale, broccoli, and brussel sprouts are all great sources of Vitamin C.
Vitamin A also helps wound healing as it aids in cell reproduction, additionally, it reduces risk of infection. Good sources of Vitamin A include liver, salmon, and eggs.
Zinc benefits the body by helping to maintain the structural integrity of the skin and mucous membranes. It also strengthens the immune system and helps with cell division. Foods high in zinc include oysters, beef, lamb, shrimp, spinach, and cashews.
Protein helps repair tissue and muscle while fighting infections and producing collagen. Good sources of protein include meat, fish, poultry and eggs. Vegetarians can dine on beans, lentils, and soy for their protein needs.
Fluids lubricate joints, help deliver oxygen to muscles, and remove waste from the body.
What to Avoid
Finally, avoid refined sugars because they can cause inflammation and fatigue. Processed food is also high in sugar, fat, sodium, and chemical additives.
South Coast Post Acute is the Best Choice for Rehabilitation
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