Have you or a family member ever gone through an operation? Were you concerned about the recovery process, meeting the demands of returning to work, or caring for your family?
I have. Going into surgery, whether for something major or minor can be scary. I have experienced both and my greatest concerns were how quickly I would return to my normal routine.
There are many reasons why one would need surgery. It could be as the result of a car accident, injury due to a fall, or for a natural cause that occurs as we age, such as cataracts.
For whatever the reasons may be, minor or small our bodies will need to recover
Today I have a better understanding of how nutrition fortifies and sustains health, and keeps us well. No one plans to be in a situation where they’re undergoing surgery but it happens.
It is natural to experience mixed emotions when it is time to go into surgery. There may be concerned for the recovery process and excitement about the opportunity that lies ahead of being able to return to normal activities, which should be the focus. Preparing for the post-op is just as important as preparing for the surgery itself.
What is nutrition’s role in wound healing?
Foods that promote wound healing are vital to recovery because they can boost your immune system to fight off infections, accelerate healing, provide strength and energy, minimizing bruising and inflammation.
While recovering in the hospital we’re less concerned about what we’re eating. We know its good for us. It’s always a balanced meal and it’s something we should consider when we have to prepare our meals ourselves.
Preparation for surgery should also include your post-op diet. Recovery is a process, and It is for that reason we need to consider what foods to include in our diet that boast wound healing after surgery. Here are a few tips that will assist you during your recovery
Keep In Mind
- Energy is important so, keep your intake of calories during the healing process.
- Don’t skip meals for reasons that you may gain a few pounds while you’re recovering.
- Your body needs extra fuel from nutritious food to fuel the healing process as proteins are needed to maintain healthy muscle and ligaments.
Water is essential for regulating the body’s processes. It is the source of all our body fluids and secretions and helps make it possible for the body to regulate its own temperature.
Staying hydrated allows your body to flush out all the organs keeping them clear of bacteria. It is important to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, excluding caffeinated or alcoholic beverages.
It is essential to stay hydrated during the recovery process, as you may need more fluids depending on factors such as the amount of medication you are taking and the extent of your injury.
Do not wait until you are thirsty. Waiting until you’re thirsty is a sign that you are already dehydrated. Try to keep a bottle of water close to you at all times, for an adequate amount of hydration is vital to the healing process.
- Use lemon or lime to flavor your water
- Drink coconut water (great for hydration)
- Eat high water content foods like soup
- Drink herbal teas
What Types of Foods Should I eat?
Getting the right foods into your diet is important to boasting wound healing after surgery. During the healing process, it is important to remember to eat a variety of foods to get all the calories, vitamins, minerals, and proteins your body needs.
Eating certain foods can also help to minimize upset stomach caused by antibiotics as well as constipation caused by pain medication.
Essential Nutrients Your Body Will Need After Surgery
Proteins It helps your body with healing, tissue repair, and regrow. Proteins can be found in these common foods fish, poultry, milk, egg, cheese, dried beans, kidney, lentils, chickpeas, soy products, nuts, and seeds
Carbohydrates help your body with energy for healing and preventing protein and muscle breakdown. Carbohydrates are found in fruit, vegetables, beans, bread, cereals, rice pasta, grains.
Fats help your body with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, immune response, and energy. Fats are found in oils, nuts, seeds, avocado, salad dressings, butter, and margarine.
Iron helps your body with forming hemoglobin and carrying oxygen (best eaten with foods rich in vitamin C). Iron is found in liver, lean red meat, poultry, fish, dark leafy greens, and dried fruit.
Zinc help in wound healing component of enzymes and can be found in meat, eggs, liver, oysters, and other seafood.
Vitamin A help in wound healing and growth, maintenance of skin. Vitamin A can be found in carrots, sweet potatoes, dark yellow, green and leafy vegetables, milk, cheese, liver, and egg yolk.
Vitamin D helps with bone healing and absorption of calcium and can be found in fortified milk, butter, margarine, fortified cereals, liver, fatty fish (salmon) egg yolk.
Vitamin E helps the body with antioxidant/disease-fighting properties and can be found in vegetable oils, liver, beef, egg, milk, green leafy vegetables, and fortified cereal.
Vitamin K assists with wound healing response and blood clotting and can be found in green leafy vegetables fatty fish, liver, and vegetable oils.
Vitamin C builds connective tissue and is an essential nutrient for healing and can be found in citrus fruit, strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, greens, raw cabbage, and melon.
Giving yourself or loved one the best chance for a smooth speedy recovery starts with preparation. Stocking up on nutritional foods will decrease your risk for infection, speed up the healing process, increase your energy and strength
Remember eating nutritionally balanced meals allows your body to function at its peak performance as it promotes antibodies necessary to complete the recovery process. Foods that are nutritionally balanced provide all the nutrients you will need to support the repair process.
I hope the information provided here will assist you on your journey to recovery. Feel free to leave your comments and questions below.
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The views and nutritional advice expressed by Wellness In Healthy Living are not intended to be substituted for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern please see your physician.