By MH Staff - Posted on 16th September 2013
Already injured? Use these smart DIY remedies to stay in the game
1 Achy joints
Go blue Antioxidant-rich foods can help everything from sore muscles to tennis elbow. “They seem to inhibit inflammation, the cause of many athletic aches,” says Metzl. Your move Be sure to include blueberries and other antioxidant-rich foods in your daily diet. “Fish oil can work too,” Metzl says.
2 Muscle cramp
Eat more salt Although cramps are commonly believed to result from dehydration, a low concentration of sodium in the blood (a.k.a. hyponatremia) is often to blame, says Metzl Your move Eat salty foods (like crackers) before and during prolonged exercise, especially if it’s a humid day.
3 Ankle Sprain
Mobilise It “Your ankle muscles atrophy quickly, so start moving them when the pain becomes tolerable,” says Dr Jordan Metzl, author of The Athlete’s Book of Home Remedies (R274, kalahari.com). Your Move The first week, flex yoru foot several times a day. Then add rotations the second week. Begin walking as soon as the pain is tolerable.