Heal Faster with These Foods

by Head Health Nutter on July 17, 2008

Earlier this week, Metro ran a great story written by Brian Towie on the healing powers of nutrition, “Repair, regenerate.” Great timing, considering I ran into a car only last Friday and could use these pearls of natural wisdom.

The article (which was not published online for some reason) suggested that we focus on 4 important aspects of recovery:

  1. Stay hydrated
  2. Ingest high-quality proteins (0.8g per kilogram of body weight)
  3. Don’t ignore your fruits and veggies
  4. Include poly- and mono-saturated fats in your diet

Water is life. And every year experts are discovering that you need more to maintain proper body functioning. Last time I checked it was 1 litre daily, now some believe you need about 3-4 litres of water daily, depending on your size, to flush out accumulating toxins and keep well hydrated.

As for the good protein (chicken, fish, lean red meats, eggs, whey protein powder and soy product) it is important to healing because of the antibodies it contains which helps rebuild torn and pulled muscles. But your body also needs good quality carbs (whole grain breads, brown rice, quinoa, millet and barley) to help synthesize these proteins into new muscle tissue.

Essential to healing and growing yourself a younger bod , fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants and phytonutrients . These nutritional chemicals all help get rid of cellular, chemical and other waste in the body. Increase your healing potential by consuming 2 cups of orange and dark green veggies and 5 servings of fruit per day.

A clever trick to getting your daily dose of fruits is through smoothies. These nutritionally packed blended meals give you a mix of protein and carbohydrates from the milk or soy beverage, and yogurt that’s high in Omega-3 fatty acids (which help with circulation). Check out Live Lighter’s smoothie recipes .

Lube your joints and prevent inflammation with ploy- and mono-saturated fats. Fats have such a bad reputation but there are differences between fats. Good for you fats (they battle the bad fats, improve cardiovascular functioning, help nutrient absorption and may actually help you lose weight) can be found in avocados, olive and soybean oils, nuts and ground flax seeds.

Finally, the article warns to eat less (even if it’s healthy) when healing because you’re not as active as usual – or at least you should be resting while healing an injury. Hmmm… maybe I should take that advice myself…

Here is a list of super healing foods to help you nurse your injury:

  • Kiwi, strawberries and blackberries – good sources of vitamin C
  • Almonds – provides vitamin E which helps prevent scar tissue
  • Honey – a good antiseptic and healer
  • Red grapes – high source of potassium and the antioxidant quercetin . Dilute the grape juice with water to prevent cramps and dehydration.

So as you can see, a balanced diet, including a few super foods (and some light exercise ), will help you heal faster from an injury. Do you know of any foods or natural remedies that are supposed to facilitate the healing process? If you do, leave a comment below!

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Trevor February 13, 2009 at 9:39 am

Good article, informative with some very sound advice, Good point on fruit and veggies, the colours orange and yellow from citrus fruit will help boost the immune system and safeguard the body against infection while healing.

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naz February 22, 2009 at 3:18 am

thanks, iv just had surgery and im trying to get better as soon as possible as im flying to dubai in two days!!! theyve already told me that im not allowed to fly but i have an appointment tommorow so if they see im healing fast i may be allowed to go…such a shame!!! but thanks for your advise i think im going to go to tesco and have a basket full of fruit n veg!

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Stephanie Miller February 24, 2009 at 11:38 am

Good luck, Naz! Something else to try: visualization. Sit and meditate for a few minutes at a time, imagine the cells in your body healing.

It really works! It’s what the pro-sports guys all say that make them into athletes and champions!

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Mark June 25, 2010 at 3:25 pm

There are four foods which doctors have dubbed “superfruits” because of their incredible levels of antioxidants and myriad of other health-boosting effects. These fruits are Goji berries, Acai, Noni, and Mangosteen, and Proleva contains all of them. Each of these fruits helps reduce the effects of aging in a different way, and together they are an age-defying wonder. Goji berries, for example, improve the health of the digestive system. One of my relatives recommended Proleva for me and then on I see new me. Loads of energy with better sleep and I feel completely rested each day when I wake up from my bed. Thanks to Proleva

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Steph a.k.a. Head Health Nutter June 26, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Thanks for sharing your health info with us, Mark! Will have to check out this Proleva you speak so highly of… :)

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Jan April 3, 2011 at 9:58 pm

I developed a leg ulcer and it just won’t heal. Of course I haven’t been eating my fruits and veggies like I should. I have heard that too much sugar slows healing. One fruit that is supposed to help is papaya. I got some today and plan to eat that and add other fruits and vegetables to my diet while eliminating refined sugars. Thanks everyone for the reminder that eating healthy is always a good plan.

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austinerock September 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm

i injured on ma fingers today,it was a deep cut.what should i do

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