Run your best race ever at The London Marathon 2018

How would you feel if you stood on the start line of the London Marathon 2018 later this month knowing that you were in your best shape ever?

Wouldn’t it feel great if you knew you had done everything you could to ensure you ran the race of your life?

Looking after the inside of your body is just as important as looking after the outside.

Using foods and supplements to help your body recover from training, avoid inflammation and support the recovery from any injuries.

Let’s look at a few simple changes you can make to ensure 2018 is the year you run your best race ever!

Inflammatory foods:

It’s not just fast foods and sugar which can cause inflammation in your body. Everyday foods like bacon, eggs, coffee and dairy products are linked to inflammation. That might not sound like a big deal, but consider the fact that most chronic conditions like cancer, arthritis and diabetes, have been linked to inflammation.Low grade inflammation is a factor in most health issues.  And if you suffer a pain disorder, you better believe that inflammatory foods will aggravate the condition.

Anti-inflammatory foods, when included in your daily diet will help eliminate the tendency for many health conditions and help the body reduce/avoid pain.

Blueberries, Cayenne Pepper and Celery all reduce the body’s pain levels.  Tart cherries have been found to be 10 times more effective than aspirin for reducing pain.  My favourite is Purium’s Tart Cherry juice.  Turmeric and ginger can both be used in teas to help reduce pain, whether it’s chronic or acute.  If you have a sweet tooth, berries such as raspberries are a must for anti-inflammatory support.

How about some supplements and remedies too.

Devils Claw is readily available in tablet and liquid form and has been found to relieve muscle and joint aches and pains.  It’s also great for sciatic pain and rheumatism.   Well worth having on standby for taking after longer runs or to support injury recovery.

Homeopathic remedies are becoming increasingly popular and with remedies such as Arnica, Ruta and Rhus Tox supporting the body to recover from overworked and strained muscles, ligaments and tendons, seeing a Homeopath to get an individualised prescription of remedies is worth considering.

I’ve put aside a few appointments for those getting ready to race in a few weeks’ time.

Using bioresonance, we can look at what foods you should eliminate for a few weeks and what supplements you would benefit from adding to make sure you’re in peak condition on race day.  Moving on, to making sure you have all bases covered, we can look at what support you’ll need for the days following the race, to make the recovery as speedy and pain free as possible!

Have a great race!

Homeopathic Remedies for Sports Injuries

As a ‘retired’ athlete and gym fan, I know only too well how big an impact injuries can have on those in training for a race/event, or even those of us who just enjoy going to the gym or exercising on a regular basis to keep us physically and emotionally well.

Some injuries are short lived, such as DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) which many people feel as an aching, bruised sensation a day or two after working out.  Muscle cramps can affect people on a regular basis after exercise, keeping them awake at night and forcing them out of bed to stretch the offending muscle. For others, more serious conditions, such as shin splints and stress fractures can halt training for many weeks.

Whatever the injury, remedies are a good place to start, followed by nutrition, which I’ll get to at the end!

Arnica:  Well known for its anti-inflammatory properties, Arnica will help with the post workout aching of muscles and limit the inflammation process.

Bellis Perennis: Deep muscular soreness and injuries to deeper tissues

Symphytum:  Also known as Knit Bone, this remedy speeds up the healing of fractures and shin splints.

Rhus Tox: Associated with injuries to ligaments, tendons, joints, strains and sprains of any kind.

Ruta: Injuries to cartilage, tendons, flexor muscles and bruising to bones.

New Era Tissue Salts contain a combination of nutrients to support the body

Calc Fluor for healthy connective tissue

Calc Phos to support healing fractures

Ferrum Phos to improve red blood cell production

Mag Phos to avoid muscle cramps and spasms

Silica to support health connective tissue and bone growth.

Diet is also important for athletes, not just for performance, but for repair too. Studies show that sour cherry juice can be as effective as Ibuprofen to ease pain.  My favourite is Apothecary from Platinum, for its antioxidant properties which dull pain.

Magnesium is important for bone health and good muscle metabolism and is a mineral lacking in many peoples diets.  Leafy green veg, nuts, whole grain bread and brown rice all contain magnesium.  Salt baths are another way to ensure your meeting your magnesium requirements as the body can absorb it through the skin.  Alternatively, something like Ionic elements, a combination of all the body’s mineral requirements can be added to a daily smoothie or shake.

If you’d like more advice on how Homeopathy can help improve your training goals and help you bounce back from training injuries, or advice on where to buy any of the products I’ve mentioned, then do get in touch.