Whether we jarr our bodies on the concrete in our never-ending quest for physical perfection or get hurt in a serious accident– our bodies endure a world of pain, regeneration and recovery. If you become seriously injured we know that drinking plenty of water, getting plenty of rest and avoiding arduous exercise will help expedite your recovery. But here are some little known tips you may not be aware of that will help you heal faster after a serious injury:
- Take a very warm salt bath:Â Using very warm or hot water (as hot as you can stand without burning or being uncomfortable) add epsom salt or sea salt and soak in the bath. The warm water helps to increase blood circulation to the area of injury, expediting the healing process. The salt also has an added healing and disinfecting effect.
- Eat Vitamin C rich food: As one of the only vitamins your body is unable to create, its important to consume a good amount of Vitamin C daily. Vitamin C not only aids the healing process by repairing bone and tissue damage but it also helps mitigate the damage that our exercise and free radicals in the environment can cause. Oranges and kiwis are great sources of Vitamin C, but so are peppers and broccoli (which is also high in calcium!).
- Eat Omega 3 fatty acids:Â Omega 3 fatty acids are essential both to cell health and function. Omega 3 fatty acids helps to reduce inflammation and promote cell health to support the regenerative process. Foods that are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids include: salmon, sardines, flax-seed and walnuts.
- Stretch, stretch and stretch! Stretching helps the body heal after a serious injury and even from common ailments such as arthritis. Yoga in particular has shown to have impressive therapeuticÂ properties for serious injuries, such as herniated discs, that prior would have needed surgery or where surgery and medications were found ineffective. The meditative quality of yoga has also shown to be beneficial to healing and recovery.
- Avoid alcohol and smoking: Both of these stress your body and inhibit the body’s ability to heal.
- Pet a dog or cat:Â Animal therapy is a popular supplement to modern medicine. It was shown when patients interacted with animals and pet them, their pain was minimized and recovery was quickened.