What to eat when recovering from a car accident

Man and women examining car after accident.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”  ~Hippocrates

Have you recently been in a motor vehicle crash, either as a driver, passenger, or pedestrian? It does not matter whether you caused the accident or not. You will still feel the after-effects of having been involved in a traumatic event.

According to WebMD.com, “approximately every 10 seconds someone in the U.S. is injured in a motor vehicle accident, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Fortunately, most accidents are not fatal, but even minor ones can cause long-term anxiety as well as fears and phobias about driving or riding in a car.”

Furthermore, there is no doubt that it is a challenge to overcome the emotional trauma of being a car accident victim as well the physical injuries resulting from the vehicle crash.

The vehicle accident and your body

 A motor vehicle accident or “traffic collision… occurs when a vehicle collides with another vehicle, pedestrian, animal, road debris, or other stationary obstruction, such as a tree or pole. Traffic collisions may result in injury, death and property damage.”

As mentioned before, both the mental and physical after-effects of a car crash are traumatic in themselves. It sometimes takes multiple surgeries and years of physical therapy to regain the proper use of your body as a result of the damage to your body from the impact of the actual crash. Some people never overcome the emotional trauma of the accident, even with years of therapy and psychiatric medication.

Providing the building blocks to heal through diet

Much is made about taking prescription medication versus natural therapies and foods to help your body heal. I am not a medical specialist so I can’t comment on whether it is correct to avoid medication when you are injured. However, I believe that you can balance prescription medication with a healthy diet in order to help your body heal faster.

In a nutshell, you need to eat nutrient-rich food as it “contains many vitamins and minerals (also called micronutrients) but not very many calories. Vitamins and minerals nourish your body and help to keep you healthy and reduce your risk for chronic diseases.

The most important step is to cut all sugar out of your diet. Avoid sugar-rich foods such as sweetened drinks, processed foods, processed meats, and cereals etc. Simultaneously, you need to eat foods that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B-12, and HDL-boosting fats. These foods form the basis of the building blocks that you need to help your mind and body recover. Make sure you get enough vitamin-D on a daily basis.

If you aren’t able to eat enough green leafy vegetables and brightly coloured vegetables, as well as spend enough time outdoors in the fresh air and sun, then you need to consider taking a vitamin and mineral supplement in order to ensure that you ingest all the elements your body needs to recover.

Final words

Apart from eating a healing diet and to minimize the traumatic after-effects of an accident, it is a good idea to contact a firm of car accident lawyers to help you deal with the legal ramifications of the accident; thereby, reducing the emotional strain of dealing with the accident.

 

 

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