Healing a Lower Leg Injury With Food

By Behzad Rashidizadeh On Friday, January 18 th, 2013 · In iWalk-Free Blog

Food can help speed healing for your lower leg injury – seriously!

Nobody and no BODY enjoys being injured. When stuck with a non-weight bearing lower leg injury, it can sometimes seems like time slows down, and those weeks or months on uncomfortable crutches can start to feel like years.

Eating may be a source of comfort during a long healing process, but did you know it can also help SPEED UP the body’s natural recovery process? It CAN! Put those comfort calories to work and start healing that painful Achilles tendon, broken foot, broken ankle (or any of those other painful and cumbersome lower leg injuries) with these detoxifying and guilt-free foods!


Water

1.) Hydration is key. Chugging water may be the last thing you want to do with a non-weight bearing injury (who wants to struggle through even MORE bathroom trips on crutches?) but it is key to kick-starting the healing process for your leg injury!

 

Vegetables

 

2.) Raw food is better food. Fruits, veggies, and nuts are not only easier for you (less cooking on crutches!) but these nutrient-dense superfoods can do wonders for your body!

Protein

 

3.) Protein = POWERFUL MUSCLES. If your injury is a torn Achilles, a sprained ankle, or any other strain or tear of your foot/ankle muscle then it is time to fire up that grill, just make sure you choose lean cuts!

Healthy Carbs

 

4.) Carbs. Consider your injury an excuse to ask for a second bread basket (just make sure it’s whole grain!). High quality carbs are necessary to build the protein in your diet (see #3) into new muscle tissue.

Leg-Injury-Approved Grocery List at a Glance:

1.) Yogurt – just make sure it is one high in Omega-3 fatty acids to lubricate those lower leg joints!

2.) Granola – look for brands filled with good-carb favorites like quinoa to help rebuild your injured muscle.

3.) Berries – strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, if it ends with ‘berry’ and is grown by Mother Nature, you can’t go wrong! The high levels of antioxidants will help reduce inflamation around your leg or foot injury, and possibly help reduce the possiblity of painful and dangerous complications like blood clots in your leg.

4.) Pineapple – this fruit is especially good for healing sprains and strains due to super-powerful bromelain, an enzyme found in this festive fruit.

5.) Honey – Nature’s natural antiseptic, consider this the sweetest way to fight infection in your leg injury!

6.) Sunflower seeds – foods high in Vitamin E help prevent scar tissue, because who wants to live with a reminder of your painful leg injury for the rest of your life!

7.) Turmeric – This popular spice (often used in Indian foods) contains curcumin, which helps spur the regrowth of articular cartilage. If spicy food is not your thing, turmeric is also available in a supplement.

– Happy Healing!

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