Foods to Eat During your Recovery from an Injury

Friday, December 1, 2017

Foods to Eat During your Recovery from an Injury 

When you are recovering from an injury, it is important that you follow a nutritionally optimized diet for recovery. There are two reasons for this. One is that while you are recovering, you will be doing less exercise. This will put you in a position where it is easy to gain weight, which can impede your recovery and put additional pressure on your bones and joints. The other is that certain foods can make your inflammation and pain worse. Avoid these foods and instead, choose foods that reduce your inflammation to give yourself an easy, healthy recovery. It can be very helpful to talk with your doctor about the dietary changes to make that will aid your recovery. There are several remedies known to help injured patients, such as the addition of turmeric to their diets. 

Above all, remember to stay properly hydrated while you recover. Replace sodas and alcoholic beverages with water to keep yourself hydrated at all times. Water is essential to joint and muscle health. 


Turmeric is a very effective anti-inflammatory supplement. Consider adding it to dishes like stir fries and salads or creating dishes around the ingredient, like curry.

In addition to turmeric, consider adding more ginger and garlic to your diet. These foods can also reduce your inflammation to ease your pain.

Lean Meats

Avoid fatty and processed meats like cold cuts, hot dogs, and certain cuts of steak. Instead, opt for lean meats like fish and poultry. Fish like salmon and mackerel contain anti-inflammatory properties that can aid in your recovery.


Tea contains flavonoids, which provide antioxidant actions to reduce inflammation. Blueberries can also have this effect, making both ideal choices for when you are recovering from an injury. Skip the bottled, sweetened iced teas because these are full of sugar and artificial flavoring. To get the health benefits of tea, you need to brew up a pot of actual tea leaves or green tea extract.

Foods with High Iron Contents

Iron aids in the creation of red blood cells, which your body needs to fight infections and promote a healthy recovery. Although your mind might go right to steak when you hear the word “iron,” remember that there are healthier ways to take in this essential nutrient, like kale and spinach. Load up your grocery cart with leafy green vegetables to ensure that you receive enough iron.

While you Focus on your Physical Recovery, Draper Law Office Can Handle your Financial Recovery

Recovering from an injury requires lifestyle changes. Remember to always speak with your doctor before making any dietary or other changes. While you make changes to how you move, work, eat, and handle daily tasks, let our team of personal injury lawyers at Draper Law Office handle seeking the compensation you need to recover financially from your accident. Visit our firm online or call us today at (866) 767-4711 to set up your free, no-obligation consultation in one of our three office locations: St. Cloud, Kissimmee, and Orlando.


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