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Are There Foods Good for a Concussion?

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Linda Ray is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years reporting experience. She's covered business for newspapers and magazines, including the "Greenville News," "Success Magazine" and "American City Business Journals." Ray holds a journalism degree and teaches writing, career development and an FDIC course called "Money Smart."
Are There Foods Good for a Concussion?
Eat small meals to avoid nausea after a head injury. Photo Credit Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images

A concussion usually occurs when you hit your head and develop an altered state of awareness or a headache. You also may lose consciousness. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, more than a million people in the United States get a concussion each year. In order to prevent brain damage, you should undergo a medical examination whenever you hit your head before you try any home remedies for treatment.


Most concussions don't result in complications, although you may continue to have a headache or feel dizzy for a few days. Rest is one of the primary treatments for a concussion, according to Seattle Children's Hospital. Young adults and children should refrain from playing sports for about three months. Eating a healthy, balanced diet of whole grains, proteins, fruits and vegetables is important because the brain needs the nutrients to heal.


While maintaining a healthy diet is important for healing, you may feel nauseous for a few days after hitting your head. Eat small meals that won't upset your stomach, such as oatmeal and whole grain wheat toast. Chew your food thoroughly to help with digestion. If you have a headache and can't chew easily, puree food or try softer sources of fruits and vegetables such as applesauce and fruit cocktail. Scrambled eggs are an effective source of protein following a head injury. You may need to stick to fluids and can use protein shakes or other nutrient-rich drinks for nourishment, according to Alternate Pulmonary Medical Associates.

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A blow to the head results in a drastic disruption of the brain's chemical metabolism according to an April 2011 article in "The Globe and Mail." Providing the brain with food for energy quickly after the injury occurs may mitigate the level of consequences you undergo as a result of the concussion. Speedy delivery of a high-protein snack bar, nuts or protein shake immediately after the injury and followed up with a high-protein diet for a couple of weeks may alleviate future problems and help you recover quicker. Meat is an effective source of protein to include in your diet because it also contains sufficient amounts of creatine, which provides your brain with substantial amounts of quick energy.


Swelling and inflammation can lead to extended problems following a head injury and may cause bleeding in the brain. Eat foods with no salt or reduced sodium to prevent water retention and edema. Foods that can effectively reduce inflammation include red grapes, which contain resveratrol. Instead of salt, use seasonings such as turmeric that also have inflammation-reducing properties.

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