The natural tendency when you’re injured is to cut back on calories. Train less, eat less, right? Not exactly. Food provides the building blocks your body needs to recover, so while you might need to cut overall consumption, it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough of the right stuff. “You need foods that are high in immune antioxidants, anti-inflammatory factors, and amino acids to help your body get stronger, rebuild collagen and muscle, and heal,” says dietitian Kelli Jennings of Golden, Colorado–based Apex Nutrition. “By feeding your body the nutrients it needs, you can recover faster.” Here are Jennings’s suggestions for kick-starting your recovery.
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