by Olamide Alakija, M.D. (Deji)

Have you ever injured yourself? Were you looking for the safest, quickest way to return on your fitness journey? We have some nutrition tips to help you to get back on track!

Deji1Whether you broke your bone, tore a ligament or tendon, or suffered some other type of injury, calories, proteins and vitamins are very crucial to enhanced wound healing. Calories are the fuel for the human body and are needed to keep the body functioning and they are also needed to help with healing tissues in the body. Protein is a macronutrient that is essential for the building, maintenance and repairing of tissues. You can get a healthy amount of protein from lean meats like ground beef, poultry, fish, beans, soy and dairy. Vitamins and nutrients including Vitamin C and zinc are crucial for the repairing of ligaments and tendons. Vitamin C is essential for the production of the protein collagen which helps maintain the integrity of connective tissues in your body (bone, skin, gums, etc.). Vitamin D intake is also very important for broken bones.

Check out this great article on nutrition and injury recovery!