Welcome, everyone, to the deep rabbit hole that is ‘nutrition’s role in injury status’.
Many of us think that when we have joints or muscles that ache, or have new injuries arise that we must have “done something” to hurt ourselves. This isn’t necessarily true.
Under-eating, consuming large amounts of saturated fat, sodium, or sugar, drinking an abundance of alcohol, sleeping or recovering poorly, and even being under-hydrated can all be factors that influence injury.
Have you ever woken up one morning and thought to yourself, “wow, my knee is so tight today” or “man, my back is so achy, I wonder what I did yesterday that caused this?” Chances are, in some variation, you have.
BUT have you ever thought about what you either did or didn’t consume the day before and how THAT affected your ache or injury?
I would like to challenge you to reflect and to be observant in the upcoming days regarding this topic.
If you go out for a few drinks over the weekend, what are your joints saying to you the next day?
If you fail to consume enough protein or water one day, how do you feel the next day?
If you notice your muscles aren’t recovery well or your sleep is poor, reflect on the foods you’ve consumed over the past few days.
We will cover this topic is much more detail in the weeks to come, stay tuned!
fuel for performance, fuel for life.
Your C5 Nutrition Coach,