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Healing Foods Come Naturally
Heal Dull Ache
I picked up an Energy Times the other day and glanced at an article called Eating to Heal by Linda Melone. The article sparked my interest because my left knee and hamstring are bothering me.
My knee has a dull ache and my hamstring feels strained from kickboxing. My chiropractic treatments are helping. But I need something more to help my leg to heal faster.
That`s why I picked up this article. I read that it takes only minutes after an injury for your body to react. An injury alerts your body`s immune system to send white blood cells to the area that is damage. The white blood cells heal the damaged area.
Swelling Natural Part of Healing
Mary Shackelton, MPH, ND, a naturopathic physician who practices in Boulder, Colorado, says in the article that resulting inflammation and swelling is a natural part of the healing process, but excessive inflammation may actually impair healing and cause unnecessary pain.
Now, my knee and hamstring are not swollen or excessively inflamed. I am still playing racquetball and taking it easy in kickboxing. I believe that if I started eating food that healed the body, my leg would be positively affected.
I found out that several nutrients act as effective anti-inflammatories. Bromelain is one of them. Bromelain is an enzyme found in the fruit and stem of the pineapple. It has been proven that this enzyme reduces swelling, bruising and pain.
What Do You Think?
Would you rather heal naturally or with medical drugs?
Certain foods you eat are meant to heal your body. You should check with a nutritional practitioner when designing an injury-recovery supplementation plan. I need to tell you this for your own good. But if you decide to do otherwise, that is your choice.
Particularly if you are taking medications or remedies of any kind, you need to consult with an authority. Bromelain, as an example, enhances the absorption of antibiotics and both prescription and herbal sedatives. Why not just go natural and eat foods that heal and avoid prescriptions altogether.
Salmon is by far the most delicious anti-inflammatory food. It is great for your body even if you are not injured. The omega-3 fatty acids it contains are found in fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and mackerel.
You can even find them in dark leafy greens, flax seeds, and some vegetable oils.
Omega-3s Help Healing
Mary Shackelton, MPH, ND, a naturopathic physician practices in Boulder, Colorado, says that resulting inflammation and swelling is a natural part of the healing process, but excessive inflammation may actually impair healing and cause unnecessary pain.
Shackelton recommends 1,000 mg of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and 500 mg of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). These omega-3s are found in fish oil. They facilitate proper wound healing.
If you have ever been hit by a racquetball, an enzyme that reduces bruising and pain is something to take notice.
Bromelain functions as a digestive aid. If you take it on an empty stomach, bromelain works as an anti-inflammatory. Shackelton recommends taking 500 milligrams four times a day.
If you try this let me know, how it went with your healing process.
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© 2015 Kenna McHugh