When an injury sidelined a cyclist, the natural reaction is to reduce the number of calories consumed until his return to the saddle. However, the healing process needs energy and calories.
Protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants helps healing, relaxes strained tendons and broken bones weld faster. In addition to the doctor’s advice, he chooses the right combination of foods to speed recovery and to return as soon as possible on his bike.
Carrots, spinach, sweet potatoes and cabbage are recommended for intake of vitamin A and oranges, strawberries, peppers and broccoli for vitamin C. Vitamin A helps in the production of white blood cells to fight infection. It has been shown that vitamin C helps healing skin and dermis wounds. It also helps repairing connective tissue and cartilage through the contribution it has collagen, an important protein involved in wound healing.
The meat protein source is essential for the production of new cells. In 2008, researchers from the University of Ottawa have identified a protein that acts as a bridge between damaged tissues, which promotes repair. Athletes need 112g of protein per day, and the meat is the easiest way to obtain this necessary.
Eggs, milk and yogurt are good sources of protein; milk and yogurt contain calcium participating in wound healing of muscles and bones. Vitamin D enhances calcium absorption and like dairy products, helps to “repair” the muscles and the bones.
Cereals contain zinc, an element excellent for the immune system, and along with red meat are the best sources of zinc. Consumed alone can’t help the healing process, but assists the nutrients that do this.
Salmon, tuna and trout contain omega-3 fatty acids, which prevent inflammation to slow the healing of tendinitis, fractures and sprained ligaments.
Healing a face scar should be headed by a doctor, not left to chance. How can you help? Pretty simple. As with any biological process, quality food has full contribution. Inflammation factors are nothing but protein. It needs therefore a serious contribution. Consider, then, newly formed tissues. Their development is under the influence of vitamin C, oxygen and iron. And to heal the skin needs fat. It’s time to appeal to premium foods. “You have to consume necessarily fat, not necessarily animals but oil: in this category comes fish, which have a rich content of omega 3, 6 and 9. The olives are great because they come with olive oil, which is rich unsaturated fatty acids, “advised us the nutritionist.
A very good food it is a green salad with a high content of vitamin C, plus olives. Try to have at least one such meal daily during healing. Food habit can turn into a permanent one. Same following simple gesture: “Water is the best welcome in the morning on an empty stomach, a glass of water means 90% cutaneous tissue, recovery. These kind of eating habits slow down the natural aging process of the body.