How can Naturopathic Medicine help you?

By Athlete's Care on September 25, 2013

Preventing Athletic Injuries, Improving Performance and Improving Recovery with Naturopathic Medicine

Teresa Tsui, MSc, ND individualizes evidence-based treatments to help patients prevent athletic injuries, improve performance, and improve their rate of recovery after exercise. Here are some examples of how naturopathic medicine can help you:

Preventing athletic injuries:

• Taking nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D helps prevent stress fractures in athletes (Tenforde, 2010).

• Athletes who take antioxidant vitamins and enzymes have been found to prevent exercise-induced muscle damage (Dekkers, 1996).

Improving athletic performance:

• Taking proper fluids and hydration are important for improving exercise endurance. Natural electrolytes such as coconut water offer a good rehydration beverage (Kalman, 2012).

• Some herbal medicines either taken orally or topically have been used to improve athletic performance (Chen, 2012 and Meamarbashi 2013).

• Nutritional supplements / natural health products can have beneficial effects on athletic performance (Volek, 2013).

Improving rate of recovery:

• Taking antioxidant nutrients help to reduce the oxidative stress on your body after exercise (McAnulty 2013).

• Acupuncture treatment can enhance your rate of recovery after exercise (Urroz, 2013).

About naturopathic medicine

Naturopathic medicine is a complementary and integrative approach to primary health care aiming to address the cause of disease while supporting your body’s ability to heal itself. Naturopathic medicine is covered by most extended healthcare plans.

Teresa Tsui, MSc, ND practices at Athlete’s Care Empress Walk, improving the quality of life and performance of athletes. Call 416-479-8684416-479-8684 to learn how naturopathic medicine can help you.



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