After my accident 3 weeks ago where it is suspected by various health case professionals (MRI waiting) I tore my ACL and medial meniscus. It has been quite the ride with 8 straight days of immobility due to not being able to place any sort of pressure on my right leg. Followed by more days on crutches and now a cane oh and lets not forget the monster brace to keep the joint stable.
My lifestyle focus in an instant went from “go-go-go” to “rest-recover-repair, a little challenging at times with a toddler but with a little creativity it was doable…hahaha, I really didn’t have a choice on that one.
Nutrition, rest and exercise is what’s going to get this momma back to fine working condition without the brace and cane aaaaannnnnd out of the operating room. I will heal myself naturally with the above mentioned 3 plus the help from Osteopathic and Physiotherapy treatments.
One of the biggest shifts was to evaluate my current nutritional intake and introduce more anti-inflammatory and healing foods into my routine. Foods with properties known to have this effect. Having already established a regular smoothie and hot beverage like my tea as part of my morning routine, I thought this was a good place to start.
We already buy fresh ginger on a weekly basis to put in our herbal tea as well as in my morning smoothie. Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory food that can be used for a variety of reasons. Ginger has been used for thousands of years as an anti-inflammatory in Ayurvedic medicine as this article explains:
“Dr. Srivastava also found that ginger was superior to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Tylenol or Advil because NSAIDs only work on one level: to block the formation of inflammatory compounds. Ginger, on the other hand, blocks the formation of the inflammatory compounds-prostaglandins and leukotrienes-and also has antioxidant effects that break down existing inflammation and acidity in the fluid within the joints”.
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Another shift in my daily smoothie routine was to ditch the protein powder and include Gelatin in as a nutritionally richer alternative. Gelatin is a protein made from animal products with many useful benefits.
- It is great for extra protein
- collagen health
- bone and joint health
- promote human growth hormone
- boost metabolism
- good for skin, hair and nails (bonus)
- inflammation (I got lots)
- allergies and intolerance – can help heal your gut lining
- help digestion by binding to water and help move food through
- its amino acids glycine helps liver detoxify
- Better sleep
The brand I prefer is the Great Lakes Unflavored Gelatin from Amazon. Why this brand? The quality is superb and their animals are grass fed.
So how have I incorporated these two into my daily routine. It’s been rather easy but pain and discomfort is a driving force to stay consistent. The other health benefits are all bonus’ at this point. I would suggest if you are interested in incorporating these two into your daily routine find what works best for you. This way it will most likely become a habit rather than a chore.