Hello, there, and welcome back to our blog! We’ve spent some time in our last blog series looking at how practicing healthy habits every day can enhance your injury recovery after being involved in a car accident. Click the links to read parts one and two of this recent blog series to learn more about these benefits. One aspect we briefly touched on is the importance of maintaining a healthy diet during your auto injury treatment with us here at Arne Wellness Center. What you eat and drink during your recovery can affect inflammation, pain and discomfort, and your body’s natural ability to heal itself. In our recent posts, we recommended eating plenty of colorful fruits and green leafy vegetables, protein in every meal, and getting enough antioxidants to support a healthy immune system that will be working in overdrive during your recovery. Here are some of the most common inflammatory foods to avoid eating during the healing phase.

Carbohydrates

You’ve probably heard this before: there are good carbs and then there are bad carbs. But how do you know which ones to consume and which ones to avoid when you’re injured? The problem with carbs is that they all break down into sugars when digested; simple carbs found in processed foods like refined sugar, white bread, pasta, and chips can cause your blood sugar to spike, which contributes to inflammation. Whereas complex carbohydrates like whole grains, nuts, and seeds break down at a much slower rate, and are less likely to cause your blood sugar to spike. Therefore, it’s best to eat carbs in moderation and make smart choices when choosing which carbs to eat. Avoid simple carbs found in processed foods and instead, opt for complex carbs found in whole grains and nuts.

Sweet Beverages

Guzzling down an ice cold Coca-Cola is incredibly refreshing and delicious, but when you think about how much high-fructose corn syrup is in just one can of cola, you might reconsider drinking soda altogether. One can of Coke has 39 grams of sugar, which is essentially nine and a half teaspoons of sugar. Yikes! The problem with drinking sweet drinks, whether they contain high-fructose corn syrup, real sugar, or artificial sweeteners, is that these high amounts of sweeteners elevate insulin levels in the body, which contribute to inflammation. Instead of filling up your cup with sugar-packed sodas, juices, and sports drinks, choose beverages that will hydrate and nourish the tissues in your body. Water and tea are two excellent replacements for sweet drinks because they can restore nutrients to damaged tissues, helping your body heal quicker and more efficiently. Add some fresh fruit to your water and tea to give it a refreshing taste, which will also give you a boost of antioxidants.

Talk with Your Chiropractor

These are just a some of the foods and beverages to avoid when you’re healing from an auto injury. Join us next time as we continue looking at more inflammatory foods to avoid while healing from an injury. If you have any nutritional questions or concerns, you can always talk to Dr. Arne during your auto injury treatment. If you’d like to schedule a chiropractic appointment to treat your injury, call Arne Wellness Center today. Thanks for reading our post!