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Do You Know Nutrition: Dietary changes benefit recovery after accident

By By Phylis Canion
May 21, 2013 at 12:21 a.m.


Are there certain foods and supplements that benefit the body after an accident? If so, a list would be most appreciated.

If you need to follow a dietary guideline, simple and nourishing foods may help aid in your recovery. Here are some suggestions.

Pureed vegetables and soups are a simple way of getting a variety of nutrients without the hassle of preparing so many different dishes.

Bioflavonoid rich foods such as blueberries and rose hips have capillary strengthening abilities. Unsweetened applesauce is high in pectin, which helps normalize bowel function. Miso soup and yogurt help replenish your system with friendly intestinal flora. Congee, very popular in Asia, is a watery, nourishing porridge that is easy to digest and can be prepared by cooking one part rice with seven parts water.

As far as supplements you might consider; Vitamin A, works as an antioxidant and promotes repair of the epithelial tissue. Vitamin C helps promote wound healing; Zinc promotes tissue repair and immune function; Bromelain can help reduce post trauma swelling, inflammation and pain as well as Arnica Montana.

Are there certain foods that inhibit thyroid function?

Iodine deficiency is probably one of the most common nutritional deficiencies, and in fact, it was estimated as far back as 1990 by the World Health Organization, that 28 percent of the population was iodine deficient. There are several foods that can inhibit iodine metabolism, resulting in impaired thyroid function, known as goitrogens, such as millet, peanuts and soy-based foods. Excessive intake of strawberries and peaches are also considered goitrogens.

Also, eating uncooked foods in larger portions, in the Brassicaceae family - such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, rutabaga, turnips, mustard greens, radishes, spinach and Brussels sprouts - inhibit the uptake of iodine, a necessary nutrient for the normal functioning of the thyroid gland.

Though some research indicates that cooking the foods listed above rather than eating them raw may destroy the goitrogenic activity, I still recommend proceeding cautiously if you have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism.

The thyroid gland can also be damaged by excessive consumption of caffeine, sugar, fluoridated water and refined carbohydrates.

Stress is frequently overlooked as a cause of thyroid damage and can be a cause of sub-optimal thyroid function.

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Phylis B. Canion is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and is a certified nutritional consultant, e-mail her at doc.phyl@yahoo.com. This column is for nutritional information only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure.

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