People that are very active are suspectible to injuries of a wide variety of soft tissue, skeletal and joint related abrasions. These are injuries such as sprains, dislocation, lacerations, abrasions, cuts, fractures, inflammation and pain.
A person is more susceptible to injuries when the body is depleted in micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and the diet consists of refined and processed flour, high sugar food, commercial fats, low quality protein, and is lacking in green chlorophyll vegetables. The body is also depleted in enzymes due to a diet high in cooked food and processed food with enzyme inhibitors. A diet high in processed food without greens becomes acidic. An acidic environment leads to inflammation.
Unfortunately you can’t build a body with functional ligaments, strong tendons and healthy cartilage on white flour, salt and sugar. The refined carbohydrates increase the urinary loss of selenium, chromium and magnesium. The body needs to be built on a mineral dense food, the right kind of protein, omega-3, and water and fat soluble antioxidants. It also needs pure and filtered water, preferable distilled.
The risk of getting injured in aerobic and anaerobic exercise is higher on refined food. This is especially important to keep in mind for the older athletes, since teenagers and children are more resilient to injuries due to their greater organ reserves of micronutrients, more enzymes and they posses better flexibility.
When most people are injured they turn to their medicine cabinet or run to the store or to the doctor, and they pick up some painkillers or anti-inflammatory medications. The overuse of these chemicals can lead to joint erosion, immune suppression and even addiction. There are alternatives to choose from but it is important to remember the guidelines for diet and whole food nutrition. So first step is the RICE therapy.
Well, prevention and education are two key words in holistic health that I think are important. First of all, it is important to live the way so you can prevent the injuries from occurring. That means educate your self and read up on products that may assist you and help build a strong body. So along with a good whole food diet I would suggest the following.
To start with dry brushing with a dry bristle brush before taking a shower to remove dead cells and stimulate blood and lymph flow to the skin. This will assist the body in eliminating toxins and increase the circulation, which is a great way to minimize the risk of injuries.
It is important to correct the ph balance for structural health, because an over acid condition causes problems for the structural system. When the body is too acidic it will rob the structural system for vital minerals like magnesium, calcium and potassium.
Silica is an element necessary for healthy skin, bones, joints and nerves and is often overlooked in dealing with the structural system. Silica helps to impart flexible strength to all the tissues in the body and is found mostly in the seed coats, skins, and peelings of plants. Most Americans don’t get enough silica in their diet. Silica also helps to fix the calcium in the bones and imparts a resilient strength to the bones and the joints. Without the silica bones become more brittle.
Horsetail and HSN-W are rich sources of silica.
Silica is not the only mineral necessary for healthy bones, muscles and skin. One of the most recognized is calcium, but calcium acts in conjunction with a whole series of other minerals and nutrients. Magnesium is just as essential to the body as calcium. These minerals act with phosphorus, boron, silica and manganese and others to strengthen the structural system. I prefer to take Skeletal Strength with Herbal Ca everyday, and the whole family is taking it. For growing active children it is very important to receive enough nutrients for the growing bones.
When the structural components of the body are weak and bones break easily, it may be a sign that some of those minerals are missing. Some herbs act like mineralizers. They will supply minerals to strengthen the structural system of the body. These herbs are also valuable for injuries such as broken bones, sprains, torn ligaments, bruises and other injuries. They have also historically been used for disorders of the muscles and joints such as arthritis. Some good herbal sources of minerals are Herbal CA, Combination Potassium, HSN-W, Bone Skin Poultice and PLS II. These formulas promote general structural health as well as provide support in healing of injuries. Feel free to contact me if you need assistant for specific injuries.
MethylSylphonylMethane, is another nutrient I highly recommend for people. MSM is an organic compound found in vegetables, fruit, meat and dairy, and is one of hundreds of naturally occurring sulfur compounds found in food. Sulfur is crucial in the process of maintaining a vital healthy body and mind. It is part of the cellular structure and necessary for effecting repairs in the body and promotes the health of the skin, hair,nails and joints. MSM is also part of our immune system and it has natural disinfectant properties. It also has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties and is a valuable supplement for an active lifestyle.
Essential Fatty Acids
The long-chain fatty acids derived from flax (linoleic & linolenic acid), salmon (eicosapentanoic acid, EPA and decosahexanoic acid, DHA), borage and black currant (gamma-linolenic acid, GLA) function as natural anti-inflammatory agents. DHA, Omega EPA, Black Currant Oil and Super GLA are some good products to consider. There are also bottles of Flax Seed Oil that you can pick up at the grocery store to add to the daily protein shake or your oatmeal.
When muscles are broken down and rebuilt, an inflammatory response will be created.
IF Relief is recommended, it will ease the pain, reduce the oxidation and aids in cellulair repair.
Protein such as Whey Protein used with Ultimate Green Zone will help restore muscle tissue torn down in exercise. Whey peptide contains arachidonic acid, which elevates the prostaglandin PGE2, which are anti-inflammatory. Ultimate Green Zone will also reduce the acid build up in the muscles. Cholorphyll will increase the oxygenation and also reduce the acid waste in the muscles. Another products is EverFlex which combines the benefits of glucosamine, MSM and Chondroitin in one tablet.
Things to think about
Add antioxidants to your daily diet to neutralize the free radicals from exercising. Alpha Lipoic Acid is one of the most powerful antioxidant found today. It neutralizes the free radical damage by enhancing Vitamin C, Vitamine E and glutathione. Normally a once a antioxidant has eliminated a free radical it is lost forever. Alpha Lipoic Acid is the only antioxidant with the unique ability to regenerate itself, and other antioxidants such as Vitamin C and A, so they can continue destroying free radicals. It is also one of the few antioxidants that can cross the blood brain barrier.
There are tons of more things to say about sport and injuries, and I have only covered a small part of it. The most important thing is to prevent them from happening in the first place.
Eat food that aid the structural system, which is alkalizing food like dark leafy green vegetables. Add a Whey Protein Isolate Shake to the daily regime. It has lots of healing properties and helps you to keep your ph balance regular. Don’t forget to add vitamins, minerals, Omegas, amino acids, and antioxidants to your diet. Don’t forget that regular milk is acidic, and you only absorb about 20% of the calcium in each glass. So don’t forget to add the extra minerals to your diet! Remember they work synergistically.
Don’t forget, this information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose or treat conditions.
About Johanna Pedranti
Johanna Pedranti is a an Aromatherapist. She makes her own products especially designed for sport. As an Aromatherapist she designs products specializing in maintaining the wellbeing of the body which is pushed by the sports to the limits of endurance, stamina and skill.