The Number One Vegan Food To Eat If You’re Getting Injured In The Gym

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Thanks to the diet advice of many good-intentioned fitness trainers and doctors, it is a common mistake to eat high amounts of animal products, such as meat, poultry, fish and dairy while training. Sure, you’ll lose weight -- the first time-- but eventually, you'll begin to crave carbs, and slowly, eating this way will cause you to gain weight.

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Dealing With Weight Gain You Can't Control

Being on a high protein, high carbohydrate diet over an extended period of time will cause you to continually gain weight. This is because diets that are high in protein and fat, can cause the liver to become sluggish. When the liver becomes sluggish, it can start to reject and bounce back glucose, causing you to store fat. This is dangerous because contributes to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and more.

What is more, high protein, low carbohydrate diets are highly acidic, enabling your body to drain its alkaline reserves, then eventually draw calcium from the bones to maintain its alkalinity.

Dairy Deteriorates Bone Health

In the same way, dairy can cause bone weakening, contrary to clever marketing pitches about milk, according to T. Colin Campbell, NY Times Best Selling author of The China Study: "most Chinese consume little if any dairy and ingest low amounts of calcium in general. As a result they appear to be at a much lower risk for Hip fractures, since hip fractures are only about one-fifth of what they are in the West – a striking difference."

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Increasing Glucose In The Diet Helps With Avoiding Injury

Does this mean you have to go vegan to avoid injuries at the gym? Perhaps, but if you can’t commit to the lifestyle, there is one food you should be eating much more of, and that’s fruit! Fruit contains the glucose that your muscles need to strengthen and grow. Without glucose, recovery from a workout takes twice the time (typically 48 hours) instead of half the time (24 hours). Another beneficial perk of eating more fruit is the glucose from fruit also fuels both your nervous system and brain.

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Silica Is Your Friend

Another common misconception is that calcium is needed for strengthening the bones. While calcium certainly is an important mineral, as well as vitamin D from sun exposure for bone strength, silica is the mineral that's the most effective for securing your long-term bone health. Silica is superior nutrition for the hair, teeth, skin, nails, joints, tendons and ligaments. If you've been injured or have broken or fractured a bone, or pulled a hamstring, silica is crucial for repair and recovery.

The Number One Vegan Food That Is High In Silica Is The Cucumber

The cucumber is an amazing fruit that is loaded with silica. This versatile fruit is available everywhere and can be eaten daily in salads, used to scoop up hummus or even juiced. Aside from adding more silica-rich foods such as cucumbers into your life, other fruits that are good sources of silica include melons and cucumbers. Incidentally, leafy greens are high in silica, as well as asparagus and artichokes.

Fruit Has Important Electrolytes

Another reason to eat more fruit, such as cucumbers, and also melon and citrus, is not only to strengthen your bones, it's because these are high in mineral salts –the electrolytes your body sweats out during training that must be replenished. Minerals salts are also essential for brain and nervous system health.

Fruit Is Not Fattening

There is a huge misconception about fruit's sugar content. While some fruits are higher in natural sugar than others, this is the correct sugar your body requires to run optimally. This is the glucose supply made by nature for your muscles to repair and grow and for your brain and nervous system to run smoothly.

Another misconception is that fruit makes you gain weight. Fruit is extremely low in fat and therefore, does not cause you to gain weight, unless you eating too much of another high fat food. In this case, animal products. You will gain weight if you’re eating high fat foods with fruit. So if you’re eating a high protein diet and adding the fruit – there’s a good chance you’ll pack on the pounds. Conversely, eating more fruit and cutting out the fat from animal products, as well as lowering plant-based fats such as nuts and even, avocado, will result in weight loss. Ultimately, by working more fruit into your day (5-7 fruits), and avoiding high fat animal protein, you will catapult your strength, muscle-building and recovery abilities and decrease your incidences of common injuries at the gym.

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