OC Sports & Rehab

Nutrition can be extremely important when improving your overall health. The human body receives most of its nutrients from the food that we eat, and this is especially important when trying to recover. There are actually foods that we can eat to reduce inflammation, and there are tons of fun ways to work them into your diet!

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  • Leafy Green Vegetables – Leafy greens, such as spinach, kale, bok choy, and swiss chard, all do great things for your body. They contain a surprising amount of protein and vitamins that all help to detox the body.
  • Coconut Oil – This anti-inflammatory oil can be used for almost anything. It has a high heat resistance, so it is perfect for cooking. You can replace it for vegetable oil or olive oil in recipes, and it even tastes great in coffee. It also has anti-bacterial properties and works as an effective moisturizer for skin and hair.
  • Berries – Blueberries, raspberries, and acai all have tons of antioxidants to help fight off inflammation. Adding these into a smoothie or just eating them as a snack throughout the day helps to keep your body healthy.
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids – Yes, fats can be good for you! These fatty acids can be found in salmon, almonds or almond butter, chia seeds, and walnuts. There are so many ways to incorporate these into your diet! Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce inflammation and support brain health.
  • Steel Cut Oats – This is a tasty way to reduce inflammation in the body. Steel cut oats are a whole grain that digests slowly in the body, which helps you to feel full longer and doesn’t cause a spike in blood sugar levels. Avoid adding sugar to this for breakfast, and instead add a little almond milk and a handful of berries and almonds to start your day off right!