After suffering from inflamed joints after tough games, soccer star Hector Bellerin decided to experiment with the removal of animal products as a way to detox his body. The defender felt so much healthier at the start of the season that he maintained his new healthy habit.
According to what he told reporters at The Players Tribune, veganism has been hugely beneficial for him when it comes to fast recovery.
“For me, the most important thing is the inflammation in my body after games and the speed that my body recovers compared to before. I’ve always had little problems in my ankles when I played very hard games, they would get inflamed and very stiff. Now I don’t even have to strap them to play anymore,” Bellerin said. “It doesn’t just make a difference in your body but I strongly believe that what we’re doing to the earth we get paid back.”
The talented athlete is yet another vegan athlete reaping the benefits of a plant-based life. He also explained how it has boosted his energy levels and now wakes up in the mornings, no matter how early, with a tremendous about of it.
Eating a balanced plant-based diet has ample benefits for the environment and for your body. As more and more vegan athletes emerge, the more it’s obvious that it also heightens endurance and energy levels.
Recipes like this Healthy Quinoa Salad is perfect to take on-the-go. Quinoa is packed with healthy carbs and 39 grams of protein and can be prepped far in advance. The best part about quinoa is that it can be used in a variety of ways. Spice things up with a Quinoa Chili or get all your greens in with a Quinoa Vegetable Soup. Either way, you’ll get all the protein and nutrients you need.
Leafy greens are vital for every vegan athlete. Kale, spinach and collard greens are packed with nutrients that ward off inflammation. These greens contain antioxidants, carotenoids, and Vitamin C which will all help ward off cellular damage and tissue injury. Use them in a delicious Kale and Roasted Corn Stir Fry or have it for breakfast in a Cheesy Tofu and Spinach Scramble. If you’re not too keen on leafy greens, there are 20 Ways You Can Add More Greens to Your Diet.
The biggest anti-inflammatory benefits come from the antioxidants in sweet potatoes. Loaded with beta-carotene and manganese, these antioxidants help fight against inflammatory diseases and particularly gout and arthritis. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of fiber and complex carbohydrates, providing athletes much-needed nourishment. Steamed Sweet Potatoes With Wild Rice and Tomato Chili Sauce is a great way to incorporate them. Make them for a group with a Sweet Potato Bite recipe or have it in the morning as a Breakfast Bowl.
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