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I was in the kitchen preparing breakfasts and listening to the radio. As the announcer went to a break, he said that next he would be talking to the writer of an article about foods that prevent sports injuries.
It caught my interest because I exercise a lot, and while I haven't been prone to injury, if there's something I could do to avoid a strain or a tear in muscles or tendons, I would do it. I was also curious to see if there was conflict with the Blood Type Diet.
I had intended to put up a link to the article, but I must have written the name of the Magazine down wrong, because it's not where I thought it would be. I will share with you the notes I scribbled down as I listened. The writer recommended five foods and supplements.
1. Water. He said muscles were 75% water (I didn't know that). If your muscles are dehydrated, they are more likely to get hurt.
2. Omega 3 fatty acids. He said that omega 3s prevent muscle inflammation. He recommended walnuts and salmon as sources.
3. Greens. He said all greens boost blood alkaline levels and help injuries to heal faster. He was especially complimentary of spinach, but gave high marks to all greens.
4. Vitamin C and Calcium. Both supplements he said would cut your risk of muscle injury. He said that most people get 25 - 40% less calcium than they need (from my experience, I believe that).
5. Caffeine. He said that caffeine prevents muscle soreness and helps with performance.
The five recommendations would work for all four blood types. Many high caffeine foods are avoids for Type Os (coffee, tea, Cokes), though Green Tea would be a beneficial source. Because caffeine gives me ear noise, I think I will stay with my decaffeinated green tea. But the other four recommendations are practical, and I'll keep them in mind. I'll mention this article to my husband and son the next time they shun unfamiliar cooked greens.
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