I’m an avid road cyclist, but this year I did a mountain biking clinic, I realized I loved the thrill of the challenging terrain. So I’ve joined a mountain bike club, and have been learning how to navigate the obstacles on our clubs trails. This week I decided to try a “rock garden”.
Let’s just say it didn’t go so well, and I went right over my handle bars, with the added insult of my bike landing on top of me. Aside from a lot of bruising on my legs, I’m also dealing with some painful ribs.
I’m taking the week off from teaching my fitness classes, but am itching to get back to it, and to get back on my bike.
As a nutritionist, I know that certain nutrients help with tissue healing. This week I am concentrating on giving my body those nutrients (and rest) to heal up as fast as possible.
Here is my “heal up quickly plan”
Traumeel cream – This is a homeopathic cream for inflammation. It’s main ingredient is Arnica, a medicinal flower. Can be found at any health food store.
Volataren – think of this like Ibuprofin in a cream. Put it right on the spot of pain. Keep in mind, if you use this cream, you can’t take another NSAID pill, as the effect is the same. The advantage to the cream is localized relief, and bypassing the digestive tract. Found at any pharmacy.
Vitmain C supplement – Vitamin C enhances neutrophil and lymphocyte activity during phase 1 of acute injury. It also plays an important role in collagen synthesis, (collagen is our main structural protein in our connective tissue). Research suggests that vitamin C can help people recovering from surgery, injury, and ulcers. Supplement with 1g- 2 g/day during periods of injury repair. High vitamin C foods are red peppers, oranges and broccoli. Drinks such as Emergen C are a tasty way to supplement with Vitamin C during times of injury or illness.
Pineapple – This tropical fruit contains the enzyme bromelain, which can help treat muscle injuries like sprains and strains.
Omega 3s – Foods such as walnuts, flax seeds and salmon are high in Omega 3. This healthy fat has anti-inflammatory properties.
And to toot my own horn, once I realized nothing was broken, I got back on my bike, walked back up to the top of the rock garden, and successfully rode over it. Adrenalin is a wonderful thing sometimes!