You already know by now the importance of eating healthy to get in shape. However, there is a major disconnect between the medical field and educating patients on the right way to eat while recovering from any injury. No matter what your injury, there are many things you can do in terms of diet that will help you achieve optimal results.

The human body is always trying to maintain homeostasis, which is a state of equilibrium. Our daily lives challenge this state with stress, fatigue, and diet all being contributing factors. A well-balanced diet is usually enough to keep us right where our bodies want and need to be. Add an injury or surgery and this equation becomes even more lopsided.

As the body works to repair itself either with or without surgery, it needs additional nutrients to not only assist with the healing process, but also keep your body going to accomplish normal activities of daily living. In other words, you can’t eat exactly the same thing you did before injury and expect your body to return to the way it was.

Always seek the advice of a qualified physical therapist or physician if you are unsure of what you need to add to your diet. Here are just a few basic ideas you can implement immediately to help kick your recovery into high gear. (Remember, every injury is different, so be sure to get advice from a professional to find out what else you may benefit from.)

Muscle consists of 75% water. After any injury or surgery, it is inevitable to see some atrophy. By increasing your daily water intake you are assuring your muscles are going to be well hydrated as well as maintaining a normal pH balance which is necessary for healing.

It is common knowledge that protein is important for muscle growth. It should be noted that after injury, muscle requires an increased intake of protein to return to its original state. Note the ideal protein source should contain all of the essential amino acids that are the ones your body is unable to produce.

Vitamin C-
One of the many benefits of vitamin C is its role in the production of collagen. Collagen is a protein found in the all the connective tissues of the body. Both muscle and cartilage are connective tissue and since they are commonly involved in many injuries, your daily requirement will increase based on the extent of your condition.

You will find that many of the nutrients you need while recovering from injury can be found in whole foods, not just supplements. Since you will be putting in many hours of hard work during your course of physical therapy, don’t forget about putting in some extra time to your nutrition to make sure you come back better than you were before.

Yours in health,

Keith Pacific