ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Heal the Body with Food

Updated on June 19, 2019
Kenna McHugh profile image

I worked alongside top natural health professionals and experience as a fitness instructor educated me on health tips I am proud to share.

Ease the Pain of Injury

The Energy Times ran an article called "Eating to Heal" by Linda Melone. The article explains what happens to the body when it gets injured, and certain foods help heal the body.

For example, problems with the knee, hamstring, or back are also affected by the food the person eats, and there are foods you can eat to help your body heal and perform better.

Those dull aches in the knee, hamstring, and back feel strained from working out. Eating certain kinds of food helps the muscles relax, and the dull aches go away.

Other successful treatments like massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, or physical therapy help, but the body benefits and heals faster from certain foods in the diet.

In the article, Melone explains it takes only minutes after an injury when your body reacts to the discomfort and pain. An injury alerts your body`s immune system to send white blood cells to the area that is damaged. The white blood cells heal the damaged area.

Source

Swelling of the Injured Area

Mary Shackelton, MPH, ND, a naturopathic physician who practices in Boulder, Colorado. She explains that the resulting inflammation and swelling in an injury is a natural part of the healing process. Excessive inflammation may impair healing and cause unnecessary pain.

With pain in the knee and hamstring, but not swollen or excessively inflamed, one can continue with light workouts. It is necessary not to overdo it. Start eating food that heals your body, so your injury is positively affected.

There are nutrients in food that effectively act as anti-inflammatories. Bromelain is one of them. Bromelain is an enzyme found in the fruit and stem of the pineapple. Eating fresh pineapple helps reduce swelling, bruising, and pain.

Source

What Do You Think?

Would you heal naturally with foods or with medical drugs?

See results

Bromelain is an enzyme found in the fruit and stem of the pineapple. The enzyme in the pineapple reduces swelling, bruising, and pain.

Source

Healing Foods

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 am telling you about natural healing for your good. But if you decide to use painkillers or other drugs, 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 go natural and eat foods that heal and avoid prescriptions altogether.

Salmon is by far the most delicious anti-inflammatory food. It is healthy for your body even if you are not injured. The omega-3 fatty acids come from fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and mackerel. You can even find them in dark leafy greens, flax seeds, and some vegetable oils.

Shackelton recommends 1,000 mg of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and 500 mg of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). These omega-3s facilitate proper wound healing.

"...it was a nutrient we human beings needed in order to stay healthy. It started to disappear from our diet about 75 years ago and now is almost gone. Only about 20% of the amount needed for human health and well-being remains. The nutrient is a fatty acid so important and so little understood that I call it “the nutritional missing link”….Food grade linseed oil & fish oil are the best sources of this special fat—Omega 3 essential fatty acid—which modern food destroys."

— Donald O. Rudin, M.D., Author of "The Omega 3 Phenomenon"
Source

Bromelain as a Supplement

Getting bruises, aches, and other injuries is a painful experience, and an enzyme that reduces bruising and pain is something to take notice.

Bromelain comes in a supplemental form that you can purchase over the counter. Bromelain functions as a digestive aid. So, if you take it on an empty stomach, it won't hurt your stomach. The supplement works as an anti-inflammatory. Shackelton recommends taking 500 milligrams four times a day.

When I have an injury, I eat pineapple and take omega-3 enriched foods. iI I also take a bromelain supplement called NOW Supplements. I chew on the supplements and notice my body feeling better.
Gave bromelain a try and see how it helps your bruising, aches, and pains.

Hear from a Doctor

Pineapple Before and After Surgery

Eating pineapple before and after surgery is beneficial to the healing process of the body. More than a hundred years ago, healers used pineapple for dressings to treat deep wounds. They encouraged their patients to drink pineapple juice as well. Even skin injuries healed in the same way.

Today, researchers investigated the success of using the enzyme of the pineapple for medical purposes. Sure enough, the bromeliad reduced swelling, pain, bruising, and inflammation after surgery. The fruit even relieves pain and discomfort from cancer treatments.

© 2015 Kenna McHugh

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)