Proper nutrition plays a role in many aspects of your health throughout your lifetime. Optimal nutrition is especially important during times of healing. Recovering from surgery is a prime example of a situation that requires extra attention to dietary choices.
Surgery can increase your body’s need for certain nutrients, such as zinc, antioxidants, protein, and vitamins A and C. Although some nutrients are important during all phases of your life, others are even more essential following surgery. This is true whether you are recovering from a major emergency surgery or a scheduled cosmetic procedure, such as eyelid lift surgery.
Many nutritious foods that help support the healing process may already be a part of your normal diet, while others may seem a little unusual. Foods that help promote healing after surgery do so by fulfilling various roles.
Vegetables and Fruit: These edible plants play a fundamental role in the healing process. Vegetables and fruit generally contain a wealth of antioxidants and vitamins, as well as generous amounts of fiber, a nutrient that helps promote the health of your digestive tract. This helps to support your body’s ability to absorb nutrients from your diet. Consider tasty plant-based foods, such as kale, bell peppers, strawberries, raspberries, cauliflower, and broccoli.
Meat: Red meats, such as beef and veal, supply an abundance of zinc and protein. Dietary protein helps support the repair of connective tissues. Some types of meat, such as calf’s liver, also provides a rich source of vitamin A, while seafood helps to supply your body with a nutritious dose of zinc.
Seeds: Nuts, grains, and seeds provide a wealth of healing nutrients. Plants in their embryonic stage include legumes, such as beans and peas. Keep your diet interesting by choosing a variety items like navy beans, barley, peanuts, almonds, split peas and pumpkin seeds.
Chocolate: Some healing foods can serve to satisfy your sweet tooth, as well as help to heal your body following surgery. Dark chocolate contains procyanidins and epicatechins, two antioxidants that may support your post-surgery health by reducing the risk of blood clots and increasing the blood flow to your arteries and heart.
Consuming a diet that provides optimal healing support can increase the likelihood of a quick recovery. As with any surgical procedure, it is important to discuss all aspects of the recovery phase, including your diet plans, with your doctor. You may learn more regarding specific diet restrictions during an appointment with Dr. Kimberly Henry.
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