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Sprained Knee? Try Putting *This* Food on It, Like Olympic Skier Lindsey Vonn

As an Olympic skier, Lindsey Vonn has had her fair share of injuries. Just three days ago, in fact, the 33-year-old was forced to pull out of a race in St. Moritz after she injured her back. If her Instagram stories are any indicator, Vonn also appeared to have beat her legs up quite a bit, but she’s got a secret weapon to help herself heal… cheese?


That’s right! As the athlete showed off via her posts, she’s taken to smearing cheese (no word on what varietal) all over her knee, writing, “Some cheese therapy. My favorite.”

Health magazine investigated the treatment, speaking to several experts about the benefits cheese might have when used on an injury, with John Lucey, PhD, and the director of the Center for Dairy research explaining, “I believe what they are trying to do is create a poultice (a soft, moist, heated and medicated mass) which has been practiced in traditional medicine…. [Poultices] have been used to help drain abscesses, reduce swelling, etc. The poultice is packed around the infected areas and then wrapped in bandages.”

So should you slather cheese on yourself the next time you have a boo-boo? Well, it all depends on your outlook. Though Vonn’s team seems to be going with a formula of “Cheese on the bottom, @hyperice on top,” with the skier adding she’s “getting better,” others remain skeptical.

Lucey notes that ingredients in cheese that may have some anti-inflammatory benefits, but he, along with two other experts, including Carla Fisher, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital, and Michele Olson, PhD, professor of exercise physiology at Auburn University in Alabama, all concur that these anti-inflammatory properties only work when cheese is ingested.

There’s “nothing magical about applying it superficially,” Olson quipped, with Fisher saying, “As far as placing things externally to help affect inflammation around the soft tissue… I haven’t heard of cheese or any sort of dairy product [that does that].” Instead, Fisher recommends the tried and true RICE method of rest, ice, compression, and elevation. But hey, to each their own!

What do you think of Lindsey’s cheese therapy treatments? Share with us over @BritandCo.

(Photos via @lindseyvonn, Alain Grosclaude, Clive Mason/Getty)

Nicole Briese
Nicole is the weekend editor for Brit + Co who loves bringing you all the latest buzz. When she's not busy typing away into the wee hours, you can usually find her canoodling with her fur babies, rooting around in a bookstore, or rocking out at a concert of some sort (Guns N' Roses forever!). Check out all her latest musings and past work at nicolebjean.com.

Ahhh, fall. There are so many things to love about this time of year (give us ALL the sweaters and pumpkin-flavored eats). But, high on the list comes autumn decor candles, throws, textiles — you name it. Of course, buying items and actually adding them to your room are two different things. So we're turning to Instagram for the best styling advice and inspo for the season. Scroll on to see everything you need to get those wheels turning!

@sbkliving: Sometimes, it only takes a chic doormat to transition your front steps for the season. Hello, fall!

@rachelpuccetti: Excuse us while we spend an entire lazy Sunday relaxing in this fall-infused space.

@farmhousetofrills: A monochrome mantel never looked so chic. (That fireplace pumpkin setup is seriously *genius*.)

@faith_hope_home: Greet guests with a fall-themed entrance to set the tone for a day of pumpkin carving or scary movie marathoning.

@simplysoutherncottage: Don't forget about those nooks and crannies! This entryway/mudroom situation is capturing our little harvest-loving hearts.

@6thirtydecor: Speaking of pumpkins, pick up a few extra gourds to pave the way into your cozy autumn abode.

@farmsteadonfirst: That guest bedroom you weren't sure what to do with it? Transform it into a rustic retreat with some fall signage and mustard-yellow and green accents.

@fiddleleafinteriors: We're going to take a second to *swoon* over this adorable kitchen setup. Those farmhouse accents and simple centerpiece setup? We're in love.

@ohmydearblog: Contrary to what you think, florals *aren't* just for spring. Bring them into your abode by selecting buds in moody tones to pay homage to the season.

@simply.mrs.z: Drawn to modern style? Play up the Halloween vibes by picking black, orange and brass accents to rock on places like your bookshelf. (Bonus points for carrying the theme over to your textiles.)

@drivewaytodreams_crystal: We're going to go ahead and give two thumbs up to all of these orange-hued accents. Backdropped with a neutral furnishings and they truly *pop*!

@cripcollectiveig: For those who don't want to go overboard with the "fall stuff" this one will speak to you. Compile a couple of cute throws and a minimalist pumpkin print on your mantle and you're set

@cavcottage: Who said fun pillows were limited to furnishings only? We're ALL about this entry display.

@houseon77th: This daybed setup is a *dream*. But actually, this would be the perfect space to doze off in come the colder days.

@kristenforgione: For a more festive Halloween look, overhaul your living space with a spooky handmade addition like this one. *Googles paper bat DIYs.*