Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor (although my father is.) I am not a biomedical scientist (although my mother is.) I am just your everyday Jane Doe mountain biker, sharing my opinion and my personal experience on this topic- which I am allowed to do, considering that I have freedom of speech according to the First Amendment of the US Constitution. This article should not be viewed as medical advice. If you are in need of medical advice, please consult your physician.
My husband Mike is a pretty hard-core mountain biker; he rides aggressively, which means that he is prone to falling off his bike and getting injured. He is constantly pushing the limits, trying to go faster, jump higher, and catch more air. Sometimes he is successful, and sometimes he crashes hard. As far as I know, he holds the record among his friends for the most broken bikes.
Iֳ have been there to help nurse him back to health after many crashes. He has recovered quickly from some of them. Others, the healing process has dragged on and on and on and we thought he would never heal. At first, we just attributed this to ֳaging, getting old. We are not all that old; we are in our mid 30’s But, suffice it to say that it was taking Mike a lot longer to heal than, say, when he was a teenager. It was even taking him longer to heal than when weֳ¢ג‚ג„¢d first met, which was when we were in our mid 20’s.
What we didn’t stop to consider at the time, was how badly our diet had deteriorated. It didn’t even occur to us, and it should have, that there is a correlation between healing time, and the food you eat. There was a time when our diet consisted of
- Lots of fast food
- Lots of beer and booze
- Lots of candy, cookies and ice cream
Well, guess what? When we were eating junk food, it was taking Mike a lot longer to heal after a mountain bike crash than it should have.
Within the past couple of years, we have made an effort to eat healthier food. These are just a few of the things we have made a conscious effort to change about our diet:
- Eating more fresh, raw foods, especially fruits and vegetables
- Choosing organic food whenever possible to avoid ingesting pesticides and genetically modified organisms
- Avoiding consuming foods and beverages with preservatives or chemical ingredients (particularly avoiding high fructose corn syrup.)
- Drinking less alcohol
- Avoiding fast food restaurants
- Boosting our immune systems with echinacea
By now maybe you arerolling your eyes saying ֳthat is impossible- I could never do that. Well, sorry, I never promised you an easy solution. But, no, it isn’t impossible. We did it. If we did it, you can do it too.
Actually when we made these dietary changes, we had no idea how much it would improve Mike’s healing time after a crash. That was a pleasant surprise. He is feeling better now in his mid- 40’s than he was in his early-30’s. He wouldn’t trade this healthy condition for all the chocolate in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. All I can say is, if you want to heal faster after crashing, give this approach a try and see if it would work for you too.
Posted by: Amy S.
Update to this wonderful article written by Amy. We have become even more hardcore, and taken our health to amazing new levels. If you are interested in getting there yourself, I recently created several new bicycle healing articles on the subject.
Addendum Posted by Mike S.
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