What Role Will Food and Drink Play in Your Recovery?
You’ve been in an accident and suffered a significant bump or blow to the head. You know that you need to avoid any strenuous activities, such as lifting significant weight. You also know that television, computer screens and smartphones/tablets can be detrimental to your recovery. But what about the foods you eat and the beverages you consume? Can they make a difference? If so, what should you avoid and what should you consume?
Your Diet Can Contribute to or Interfere with Recovery from a Brain Injury
While there’s no “superfood” that will accelerate recovery from a TBI, there are many foods that have been scientifically proven to improve both brain and overall health:
- Whole grains—Instead of white rice, add brown or black rice, barley or quinoa to your diet. Whole grains tend to release energy at a slower rate, helping you maintain a more consistent level of energy throughout the day.
- Foods rich in omega-3—Seeds, nuts, cold-water fish and plant oils have all been show to minimize cognitive decline
- Fruits and vegetables that are dark-colored—These foods have higher levels of nutrients that affect cognition
- Extra-virgin olive oil—For your brain, it’s been shown to improve memory function and retention. For your whole body, it’s a healthy source of fat (and flavor).
The Foods and Beverages to Avoid
The following items have been found to impede recovery from a brain injury:
- Anything with excessive amounts of sugar
- Processed or fatty foods
- Caffeinated drinks
- Excessive levels of salt
Be advised as well that some dietary supplements may negatively affect any prescription medications you are taking for your TBI.
Contact Us to Set Up an Appointment
At Advantage Healthcare Systems, we have extensive experience working successfully with individuals who suffer any type of concussion, TBI or traumatic brain injury. Call us toll-free at 1-877-487-8289 or fill out the form provided below to schedule an assessment. We offer locations across Texas, including Fort Worth, Dallas and San Antonio.