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February 24, 2016

When you are recovering from an injury after an accident, you probably want to do all that you can to make your recovery faster and easier. The efforts you make to do this might include attending physical therapy sessions, avoiding certain tasks at work and around the house, and in general, taking it easy. What you might not realize is that you can also change your diet to make recovering from an injury easier on yourself.

 

If you have filed a personal injury claim, it is your responsibility to do all that you can to help yourself make a full recovery. Consider incorporating the following foods into your diet if they are not part of it already to make the recovery process easier for you.

 

Turmeric

Turmeric is a spice that can most commonly be found in curry. It also fights inflammation, which can make your injury feel better. Inflammation is the warm, swollen feeling in a body part that accompanies an injury, causing you to feel pain. Consider making curries and adding small amounts of turmeric to dishes like rice, pasta, and salad.

 

Lean Proteins

When you are recovering from an injury, your body needs protein to recover. Protein is the body's building material. Seek lean proteins like fish and poultry as well as non-animal sources like hummus, beans, and soy-based proteins like tofu and tempeh. Other foods to add to your diet include skim milk, low-fat cheeses, and low-fat yogurt.

 

Foods High in Iron

Iron oxygenates your blood, meaning that it makes it easier for the blood to create red blood cells. Your body needs red blood cells for all recovery and infection-fighting processes, such as healing your injury. Foods that contain high amounts of iron include leafy vegetables like spinach and kale, nuts, liver, and tofu. Even if you are not recovering from an injury, it is a good idea to make a conscious effort to add more iron to your diet – iron deficiency is one of the most common mineral deficiencies among Americans, especially for women. Although beef is also a popular choice for adding iron to one's diet, consume it in moderation – red meats can make inflammation worse.

 

Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits, like oranges and grapefruit, are high in Vitamin C. Vitamin C aids in collagen and soft tissue repair, which you will need as you recover from your injury. Consider making yourself a fruit salad, pulverizing these fruits into a smoothie, or even simply eating them raw.

 

Work with a La Crosse Personal Injury Attorney

Recovering from an injury can be hard work. Without financial compensation for the expenses associated with your injury, it can become even more difficult or impossible to make a full recovery. For the support and legal guidance you need as you pursue compensation through a personal injury claim, contact our team of personal injury attorneys at Moen Sheehan Meyer, Ltd. to schedule your initial legal consultation with us and begin working on your claim.

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