The reality of athletic training or being active is that at some point you will likely suffer from an injury or illness. Unfortunately, it’s not until an injury hits us that we move beyond the mindset that “it won’t happen to me”. Injury prevention is as important as treatment of injury and can be approached from many angles, proper training, proper equipment, regular body work and even nutrition. When it comes to nutrition most athletes think of the pre-race pasta dinner. Many athletes do not understand the importance of proper daily nutrition and its role both your injury prevention and recovery.
If you support the body daily with proper nutrition, that is the right number of calories, the right quantities of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, the right amount of water and the right combination of vitamins and minerals for your body you will be less likely to get injured and you will recover faster if you do get injured. Athletic injuries are frequently a sign of a nutritional imbalance. Here are some nutrients to consider for supporting the athletic body.
Here are 10 foods that can assist you in recovery. They are great on their own to enhance your current diet or can be combined together for an amazing post run recovery drink!
Staying nutritionally balanced is one way to ensure that you stay healthy, injury free and on track with your athletic goals. Fill your body with an abundance of high quality nutrients from a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, raw nuts and seeds, organic meats and pure clean water. Eating a balanced and whole-foods diet is the best way to keep your energy levels up and your body functioning smoothly, without injury.