Here’s how to support your body to help it recover quickly.
Being sick or injured is never fun and can be pretty disruptive to our lives; however, as much as we know you want to get back to your routine, it’s essential that you are getting everything you need to heal properly. While it’s always important to turn to your general practitioner when you are sick or injured to find out what’s going on and how to best treat it, here are some helpful tips to improve your recovery.
Get Enough Sleep
When it comes to healing, whether from an injury or illness, your top priority should be sleep. Sleep is the best way for the body to repair itself. Practice good sleep hygiene, such as avoiding caffeine after 2 pm and powering down electronics a few hours before bed. Make sure to block out any light in your room and keep your bedroom cool enough for sleep (an optimal temperature is between 60-67 degrees).
Eat a Healthy Diet
Your diet can also significantly impact your health; what you eat can either aid in the healing process or lead to inflammation and other problems. It’s a good idea to eat a diet rich in whole, unprocessed foods and avoid junk food, packaged foods, sugary treats and sodas. Your nutrition is always important but essential when you are injured or sick. Ensure you are also getting enough protein, which is crucial for healing.
Ease Back In
Once we start to feel even a bit better, our natural inclination is to go back to our routine full force, but it’s vital that you ease into it. Slowly build back up to your old workload or workout routine, don’t just go full force. Setting realistic goals with yourself and being patient as you approach the end of your recovery is essential.
Up the Fluids
Hydration is always important, but it’s essential when you are sick. You want to ensure that you get enough liquids, including water or herbal teas. Avoid caffeine, which can dehydrate and stay away from alcohol, which can cause poor sleep and weaken your immune system (the last thing you want to do when you are sick).
If you have questions or concerns about your recovery, or if your symptoms aren’t improving, your general doctor should always be the first person you turn to.