Did you know that choosing the right food after your physical therapy can help with muscle soreness and pain? Choose smart – suffer less. Tart cherry juice – can minimize muscle pain and help to regenerate sore muscles as you sleep.

  • Turmeric – helps reduce the pain associated with delayed onset of muscle soreness, reduce injury, and improve recovery of muscle performance.
  • Salmon – loaded with anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats, antioxidants, and muscle-building protein, salmon is a close-to-perfect post-workout food.
  • Watermelon – boosts important amino acids that can help sore muscles.
  • Eggs – a source of leucine, which is linked to muscle recovery.
  • Bananas – a great source of electrolyte potassium, which may help reduce muscle soreness post-gym.
  • Green tea – rich in anti-inflammatory antioxidants is the perfect pre-or post-workout drink to prevent muscle and cell damage related to exercise.
  • Nuts and seeds – provide essential Omega-3 fatty acids to fight inflammation and proteins for muscle synthesis and growth.

 

Additional resources for our patients:

  1. What Are the Best Foods to Eat After an Intense Workout?, Healthline
  2. What to Eat Before, During, and After Exercise, WebMed
  3. The best foods to fuel a workout, Mayo Clinic
  4. Tips to Recover from a Workout, American Physical Therapy Association
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