An injury or surgery can seriously hinder your workout flow. And while it might be frustrating to pause your routine, it's also important to help your body heal. In most cases, this involves lots of rest and a well-rounded diet.
While you're at it, check in with your collagen-supporting nutrients. Results from a lab study suggest that vitamin-C-rich gelatin could support tissue repair (along with injury prevention).* And according to Liz Wyosnick, M.S., RDN, foods or supplements containing collagen—along with collagen-boosting nutrients like vitamin C—can be beneficial when you're healing from a surgery or injury of the bone, skin, or ligament.*
During the healing process, "the body is in a high metabolic state and protein needs increase," explains Wyosnick. Enter collagen-containing foods, which can help you meet these protein requirements. Just remember, collagen by itself isn't a complete protein, so supplements shouldn't replace your post-workout protein source, says Wyosnick.