Healing from an injury can take weeks or even months (healing time can vary from person to person), but you can dramatically accelerate the healing process by getting adequate nutrition and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Healing is largely dependent on blood supply, and the stronger the blood supply, the faster you can heal because blood supplies the injured area with important oxygen and nutrients which help the injury heal.
Certain foods can promote inflammation within the body, while others have an anti-inflammatory effect.
Avoid inflammation-promoting foods such as fried foods, processed white flour, eggplant, cayenne, tomatoes,potatoes, and hot peppers, and eat more foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids.
Be sure to drink plenty of fresh juices made from fresh, organic, raw veggies, because raw veggies are high in important enzymes and vitamins that can speed up the healing process.
Garlic, radishes, and beets are especially helpful. You can also mix in a bit of fresh ginger; ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and helps reduce pain and soreness.
To create an optimal healing environment and get back on your feet quicker, be sure to eat 8-10 servings of fruit and vegetables daily.
Important nutrients that aid recovery:
- Multivitamin: Very important. Helps prevent vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Aids tissue repair.
- Zinc: Important in tissue repair.
- Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids: An important antioxidant which helps tissue repair and growth.
- Manganese: Strengthens wounded tendons and ligaments.
- BCAA’s: Help promote the healing of muscle tissue, bones, and skin.
- EFA’s (essential fatty acids): Speed up recovery and promotes cellular health.
- Vitamin B Complex: Helps reduce injury related stress.
- Glucosamine Sulfate: Helps strengthen and form tendons, cartilage, ligaments, and joint fluid.
- Calcium: Helps repair connective tissue.
- Silica: Important for calcium absorption and connective tissue repair.
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While in the kitchen with some friends, I witnessed her get burned. She immediately went into the refrigerator and slathered mustard on the burned area of her arm. Her son immediately testified to healing power of mustard in his life to experiencing burns while working in a kitchen.
Aloe Cover the burned area with aloe vera gel.
Honey has antibacterial properties and will promote healing. After applying honey cover the area with some gauze.
Milk For a minor (first degree) burn, soak the burned area in whole milk for 15 minutes or so. You may also apply a cloth soaked in milk to the area. Repeat every few hours to relieve pain. Be sure to wash out the cloth after use, as it will smell badly.
Mustard For minor burns rub some mustard (hot dog style) on the burned area. It may sting a little, but it takes away the pain and reduces blisters and scarring. This remedy was provided by James R., CA.
- Another variation of this remedy was provided by Joe Brinkley: Apply a thick coating of table mustard (preferably cool) to the burn and wrap loosely with a bandage. Do not remove for several hours (12 hours seems to work the best), then gently wash away the excess mustard. Don’t worry about your yellowed skin! For the next few days treat as you would typically treat a burn. Using this remedy immediately after getting burned will minimize discomfort. This method should also prevent scarring.
Vitamin E Puncture a capsule and squeeze onto the burn. This will promote quick healing and prevent scarring.
Willard water This modified water can be found in health food stores. Anecdotes tell of its ability to promote healing and prevent scars.