No one likes to be sidelined by an injury. Boredom, restlessness, and even depression can set in when you have been “on the bench” for an extended period of time. Financial problems can arise as well; not everyone has jobs that pay for employees to stay home and recover, and the longer recovery takes, the more problems can begin to add up.
Fortunately, when you choose the Center for Athletic Performance for your physical therapy needs, you are choosing a company who knows all the secrets to a faster recovery time—including the benefits of a healthy diet!
As an athlete, you probably already know the importance of a healthy diet for staying in tip top shape. But did you know that the right foods can aid in your recovery as well? Many foods are rich in anti-inflammatory properties and can be a beneficial partner for a speedy recovery.
Leafy vegetables that are dark green, such as broccoli, kale, and spinach are rich in vitamin E and can help you recover quicker. Other colorful vegetables, such as peppers, squash, and tomatoes also have high antioxidant properties and are equally important. Mix up the colors on your plate to ensure your diet has the correct nutrients to cover all the bases.
Another way to add color and nutrients to your recovery routine diet is by use of berries. Strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries are all high in anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to help specific injuries and diseases. Cherries that are tart and sweet have been discovered to have the highest anti-inflammatory properties of all fruits and can be used by athletes to decrease their need for painkillers, while also improving their performance and increasing their healing speed.
Fatty fishes like salmon, tuna, and mackerel are also key to a speedy, yet safe recovery during physical therapy. To get their full benefits, you must eat them at least three times per week. However, fish oil supplements can pick up the slack when you just can’t eat any more fish; variety is the spice of life, and sometimes enough is enough!
We can help develop a complete physical therapy program for whatever ails you. During your initial consultation, we will go over the foods that are good for a speedy recovery and the ones that you should avoid. We want to help you get off that bench and get back in the game!