I’m pretty sure I’m a morning person but I fight it everyday. For instance, whenever the alarm goes off at 5am, I’m already sort of awake but I’m also really comfortable in my bed, so I just roll over and go back to sleep. Also, on those days that I decide to wake up and get active, either doing yoga or going for a run, I feel energized and ready for the day. And then at night, since I woke up so early that day, I slip into the best, most delicious sleep ever. Obviously my body agrees with me being a morning person, but my mind seems to think differently.
However, after making a promise recently to run a half marathon with a friend of mine, I’ve been getting up in the morning to run since it’s way too hot to run at night. (You can hear all about how I was convinced with delicious vegan cinnamon rolls to run another half marathon in our latest podcast.) I was in a good groove these past couple of weeks getting up with my hubby until I took a serious dive into the sidewalk while running. I banged up my knee, scraped my left elbow and the knuckles and side of my right hand.
Unfortunately, I’ve fallen before while running and now know exactly what I need to do to heal fast. I’m sure it’s not going to come as a huge surprise from me being that I am a Certified Detox Specialist, but I always turn to natural remedies first to treat an injury or illness. There is such an abundance of herbs, spices and foods that are on this earth to heal us, that we should totally take advantage.
Here are my 5 Tips to Heal Naturally From An Injury
- Ice, Ice Baby: As soon as I got back home after my fall, I took a shower to clean up my scrapes and immediately got some ice on my knee. My kneecap was swollen to twice its size and looked pretty bad. For the next 48 hours, I knew I was going to have to be consistent about icing. Every hour, I would fill up my ice bag and leave it on my knee for at least 10-15 minutes.
- Take a Shot (of Ginger): I know that popular opinion is to take some Advil or Aleve whenever you’re injured but I always turn to ginger shots. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory and helps with circulation. There's a local, organic juice company that sells ginger shots and the most delicious acai bowls I've ever had.
Ginger shots are super strong so if it’s your first time, you may want to dilute it with water. Granted it doesn’t work like an Advil where you don’t feel any pain for a few hours but you’re supposed to feel a little discomfort after an accident or fall. Our bodies are incredible healing machines, we just have to give them time.
- Aloe Mate: If you remember from this video, we keep an aloe plant in our house for detoxing the air, but it’s also to help whenever we get injured. Each day, I cut a little piece of the plant and apply it over my scrapes. It starts to sting a little but right away it forms a protective shell over the skin. I’ve been using these funky Band-Aids we have in the house all week.
- Eat the Rainbow: Although you know that my diet is plant-based, whenever I’m injured I tend to focus on eating as clean as possible and making sure I provide my body with the most anti-inflammatory foods such as dark leafy greens and tons of fruit especially berries and papaya. I know it’s tempting to eat some comfort foods when you’re feeling down and out but they usually contain loads of sugar and salt. Keep in mind that your body is trying to heal itself and if it’s being bombarded with inflammatory foods, it’s having to work twice as hard, which means recover time will take longer.
- Sleep!: The only time your body recovers and repairs itself is when you sleep. The optimal repair time is from the hours of 10pm-2am. If you’re recovering from an injury, be sure to be in bed before 10pm each night. I know that’s super early for some, but you need to get as much rest as possible. Sitting down on a couch watching Jimmy Fallon won’t heal your body. Go to sleep!
Those are my full proof tips on how to naturally heal from an injury. For me, now it’s just a waiting game to see when my body is healed enough to start being active again. I’m limited in my yoga poses and I haven’t started to run again yet, but I’m being patient and letting nature take its course. Which in turn has me reading more and obsessing over this book.
Hopefully you won’t be wiping out as bad as me this summer, but if you happen to take a tumble or push it a little hard at the gym, use these tips to get on the road of recovery. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.