Important Nutrition Facts to Know for After a Car Accident That Your Doctor Will Not Tell You
Here at Soft Touch Chiropractic, in Northridge, California we realize the importance of good nutrition and how it impacts a person after a car accident.
Injuries sustained in a car accident will cause inflammation in the body because that is part of the healing process, but too much inflammation can cause serious damage to tissues and organs such as heart, liver and lungs, so it is important to keep the body as free as possible of inflammation so it can begin its healing process.
Here is a list at foods to avoid immediately after an accident: all wheat products, dairy products, potatoes. tomatoes, corn, sugar, citrus fruits, pork, commercial (non-organic) eggs, shellfish, peanuts and peanut butter, coffee, alcohol, juice, caffeinated teas, soda, anything containing hydrogenated oils, processed foods, anything containing processed sugar and fried foods. These foods increase inflammation in the body. For example tomatoes and potatoes, which are part of the solanaceae or nightshade family of vegetables, are known to cause inflammation. Tomatoes and potatoes should definitely be avoided by anyone with arthritis of any kind.
We highly recommend that a person who has just been in a car accident consume anti-inflammatory foods such as: flax seed oil, flax seeds, cold-pressed coconut oil, dark leafy green vegetables, raw and soaked nuts, beets, turmeric, wild-caught salmon or trout, garlic and onion. These foods are not only anti-inflammatory, they contain high levels of nutrients that will nourish the body and will help it recover at a faster rate.
Foods that contain high levels of vitamins B and C are also highly beneficial in the repair of damaged tissue. The best source of vitamin B is dark green, leafy vegetables. Foods high in vitamin C should be non-citrus. Some sources are: cantaloupe, dates, red bell peppers, kale, broccoli and papaya.
The foods a person eats after a car accident will make a difference in the length of time it will take for the body to recover.
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