Recently I have been battling with injury, for the fourth time in a row, and feeling less motivated than ever. Running has always been one of my passions in life, and with out it I wouldn't be where I am today. I recently started reading up on things I can do to prevent as well as aid in recovering my injury.
One of the most important aspects in recovery is nutrition. An article posted by Runners Connect discusses how you can speed up your injury healing by eating certain foods:
Foods rich in vitamin C: (citrus, berries, peppers, broccoli.) Builds new proteins for skin, scar tissue, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels.
Vitamin A: (carrots, squash, sweet potatoes): Promotes production of white blood cells which fight off infection and viruses.
Omega 3 fatty acids: (salmon, flax seeds, walnuts): Reduce inflammation.
Zinc: (oysters, nuts, seeds, chicken): Will help keep the immune system strong, as well as protection from other viruses.
Protein: (grass fed beef, chicken, and eggs): Protein is essential shortly after the injury occurs for multiple processes. How well the injury heals is determined by how well protein is restored after becoming inured.
I learned a lot from this article: https://runnersconnect.net/running-nutrition-articles/diet-for-injured-runner/
And I recommend giving it a read if you are injured and are at a loss. Even if you are healthy, these foods can help to prevent injuries, keep you healthy, and keep you happy :)
~~~Images top to bottom:
1)When I was healthy and running in sunny myrtle beach
2)Almond crusted salmon, sautéed spinach, sweet potato w/ almond butter
3)Cinnamon roasted butternut squash with coconut oil.
4)Sweet potato/black bean burger, sautéed spinach and diced avocado.
Happy hump day!