We all have that friend who is super flexible and can touch their thumb over their forearm or hold their heads between their knees as if it was the most normal thing in the world and although we know genetics plays a big part in our flexibility influencing joints, muscles and other connective tissues the remaining question is can our eating habits improve our flexibility?
The short answer is yes. Nutrition can indeed play its part in our mobility range although it is the combination of efforts involving proper eating habits, specialised motion programs and continuity of practice that can effectively help people increase their flexibility. Even though you will not find a supermarket aisle dedicated to “flexibility foods” there are a few types of food that have been highlighted by specialists as positive allies in the improvement of body general health.
One of the things health researchers seem to agree is that you can split the food groups into:
*Inflammatory foods such as refined carbohydrates (i.e white breads), fried food, sugar, processed food and red meat.
*Anti-inflammatory foods such as certain fruits, healthy oils and nuts, fatty fish and green vegetables
The most important thing to remember here is that the anti-inflammatory groups can help reduce inflammation but also in many cases can stimulate the circulatory system, help joints to stay healthy and muscle elasticity. All important factors to keep our flexibility at its peak (respecting each individuals body and progress off course).
Bellow we listed a few anti-inflammatory foods that can help you with your nutrition, flexibility and to keep a general healthier lifestyle.
1 – Water: Good hydration is key to keep our muscle elasticity at check;
2- Ginger: This has been on the list for a while now and most people are aware of the anti-inflammatory properties ginger has, but including this root on our diet can stimulate our circulatory system helping our blood to better reach our muscles and organs.
3- Oranges: Viatmin C can be a great ally in combating free radicals (atoms with unpaired eletrons that can cause damage to cells, protein and DNA) which we produce more during exercise;
4- Protein: whether plant-based or not protein is important to help our muscle ability to recover and avoid injury;
5- Leafy Greens: For example spinach or kale. This types of food are an incredible source of vitamin. If eaten raw they tend to retain more of their properties but just make sure you give them a good ol’ rinse.
Disclaimer: The objective of this blog is to inform and share knowledge. You should be advised to always contact your doctor before making any changes in your diet. No content on this site should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinician.