Cryotherapy and other modalities are meant to help patients recover from workouts, chronic pain, or even just the normal stress we put on our bodies daily, but there are some extra steps and things you can eat that can be taken to take your recovery to a whole new level.
While there are plenty of foods and drinks that can help you recover quicker and stronger, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorites that don’t require too much prep.
Here are some things to add to your diet to help aid in your recovery:
- Cherry juice. Cherries are full of antioxidants and can help speed muscle recovery. Runners have turned to cherries and cherry juice to help reduce soreness for years, and experts have even seen it help after strength training.
- Fish oil. Taking a fish oil pill once daily can help reduce soreness and ease inflammation. You can find fish oil pills at your local pharmacy or grocery store, and typically one 1.8-gram capsule a day can do the trick.
- Rainbow chard and collards. These can help reduce the insulin response and are packed full of nutrients that can help speed up the healing process.
- Green leafy and cruciferous veggies (like broccoli and Brussels sprouts). These can help reduce inflammation and provide low-glycemic energy without spiking blood sugar.
- Nuts. Nuts like almonds can help accelerate the repair of tissue damaged from working out.
- Cottage cheese. Cottage cheese actually contains both whey and casein protein. Whey protein is most known for replenishing muscles quickly, while casein typically takes a little longer to act. This makes cottage cheese the ideal snack to eat before working out so your muscles continue to recover even as you rest.
- Salmon. Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids, which can help fight inflammation. Plus, it’s packed with lean protein which is huge when it comes to muscle restoration.
- Chamomile tea. Drinking a cup of chamomile tea before bed can help you rest better, and rest is a key aspect of regeneration and muscle recovery.
- WATER! This may be the most important (but often the most overlooked). Drink frequently throughout the day (not just after a workout), and choose water over other drinks as often as you can.
No matter the lifestyle, everyone needs recovery — from the everyday person who works at a desk all day to the professional athlete. Adding in these various foods and drinks can help add a little more recovery and could even speed up the regeneration process.
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