Sports & Injury Recovery


Recovery is an important aspect when injured or following a training regiment. Check out the video clip to learn on how you can bounce back even faster. Inflammation is the key, and if you manage it effectively, your health will benefit!



 

Everybody performs at their best when they are “in the zone”. Actually it’s very beautiful to see anyone in his or her best state of condition. But trauma on the other hand is a natural part of athletics, and life in general. So whether you have arthritis; an ankle sprain or about to enter surgery, remember that a healthy body is much better, faster and stronger at recovering.  Enhancing the ability of your muscles to recover better is a popular topic these days.  Here is my top 5 recommendations for anyone wanting to ensure they are recovering properly.  

 

 

Enzymes

Enzymes take part in every single chemical reaction inside your body, without them, life would be impossible. I find enzymes work in your blood stream like a game of Pac Man. This might be for the older generation but if you remember, Pac Man goes around and gobbles up all the little bits and pieces to win the game and that is exactly what enzymes do inside your blood stream when you are recovering from a workout. Any injury or inflammation involves chemicals that enzymes need to break down. By doing so, they improve circulation, enhance oxygen uptake, strengthen the immune system and reduce inflammation in our muscles.   

 

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is the use of water in the treatment of disease. The use of water for therapy has been around for hundreds of years, as far back as the ancient Greeks and Romans.It makes use of the body’s reaction to hot and cold stimulation. If I place a hot towel on your hand, your skin will turn red. The heat application expands blood vessels, filling them with blood, whereas if I put your hand in ice, it will turn pale because the cold application constricts the blood vessels, forcing the blood to move on to other parts of the body. It essentially acts as a pump to improve the circulation and quality of blood, therefore nutrients and oxygen become readily available for your cells, muscles and ligaments to use and the byproduct of an injury, the toxins are removed more efficiently. Hydrotherapy reduces swelling, relaxes the muscle and helps with pain. 

 

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 is a type of fatty acid that is essential for healing the tissue that lines our skin, muscles and organs. It’s a powerful anti-inflammatory and its shown to reduces muscle soreness, minimize swelling and increase recovery. The best way to get your Omega 3 fatty acids is to eat seafood to consume foods rich in them such as ground flax seeds, walnuts and seafood fish. As an athlete though your level of inflammation will be higher so a high quality grade fish oil is my recommendation.

 

Nurture Adrenals


Whether you are the average Joe, weekend warrior or the next Michael Phelps, you have to take the time to support your adrenals glands. Your adrenal glands are a bit like your wallet. Your wallet holds cash, cash is king, and it allows you to handle day-to-day affairs. Well your adrenals glands produce a hormone called cortisol, which is the currency of stress and that includes physical, mental and emotional stress. So, if you don’t get enough sleep, sweat the small stuff, get into arguments, have a poor diet or you overtrain…you have to pay up. The problem is we spend more than we have which then results in our ability to cope with pain, trauma, inflammation gets compromised and therefore we also don’t recover as well. Having a healthy diet, meditating, managing your stress, eating foods rich in Vitamin C is all part of keeping on top of your adrenals. Now if you are an athlete, you are probably not able to avoid the heavy training and injury as part of your regiment so I would consider some adrenal herbs.  Herbs like Korean Ginseng or Ashwaghanda are a great way to keep your adrenals healthy. 

 

Turmeric

Turmeric may be the most effective nutritional substance in existence. It’s what gives Indian curry its yellow color. Many high-quality studies show that it has major benefits for your body and brain. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and is a very strong antioxidant. It is so powerful that it matches the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs. Make this spice a part of your diet.