Unfortunately, people around the world get hurt every day. Human beings are not indestructible. They are fragile, and they get injured often. People get hurt in all kinds of situations, in all imaginable places.
On-the-job injuries are particularly common, especially for those who work in labor-intensive careers. Typically when someone gets hurt at work, they have to be out for an extended period of time, depending on how severe the injury is. This usually means that they are no longer bringing income home. And unfortunately, many Americans struggle with this. In fact, fewer than one in four Americans have enough money saved in their account to get them through six months of expenses when an emergency occurs.
Most of these Americans want to get back to work as soon as possible, especially if you have a family to provide for. Livestrong provides us with a list of four specific vitamins and nutrients that help heal muscle after an injury.
Protein Rich Foods
“Amino acids are the building blocks for muscle protein in your body,” says Livestrong. They are amazing at regenerating tissue and giving strength back to the injured areas. Beef, pork, chicken, turkey, seafood, eggs, milk, yogurt, and cheese are all excellent food choices that are high in protein to help your muscles heal fast.
Livestrong states that “vitamin C is an antioxidant vitamin that helps reduce inflammation after an injury.” It also helps with the generation of protein metabolism and the formation of collagen, which is an important connective tissue in the body. Foods like bell peppers, citrus fruits, strawberries, potatoes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, cantaloupe, cabbage, and spinach are all great sources of vitamin C.
Vitamin A helps combat swelling in the injured muscles. It also is needed for cell formation and differentiation, which help the muscles heal. Livestrong lists “yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, cantaloupe, mangoes and apricots; dark green leafy vegetables, such as kale, chard, and spinach; fortified breakfast cereals; dairy products; salmon; tuna; and eggs” all as stellar options for vitamin A.
According to an Alternative Medicine Review journal entry in 2003, zinc is required for roughly 300 enzymes reactions in your body. Some of these reactions include DNA formation, cell division, and protein synthesis. High protein foods are a great place to find sources of zinc. Seafood such as oysters, crab and lobster, beef, pork, chicken, beans, dairy products, nuts and fortified breakfast cereals are the best sources of zinc, according to Livestrong.
They say, “you are what you eat,” and if you want to be healthy, you have to eat healthy. This is especially true after an injury or illness. To heal your body and get back to work as soon as possible, make sure to include the four vitamins and nutrients listed above into your daily diet.