Consuming foods with body healing properties in them before and after a surgical procedure can help accelerate your recovery by providing your body with the nutrients it needs to minimise scarring, inflammation and swelling.
Wound Healing Diets
Before having any plastic surgery, you should keep in mind that your body will go through a significant amount of trauma and stress. The good news is that surgical incisions are extremely clean, which already gives your body an advantage to heal. That’s why most cosmetic procedures by experienced surgeons like Dr Zurek Plastic Surgery Sydney generally have a low level of complications. But besides your surgeon’s competence, there are things you can do to speed up your recovery, and it all starts with the foods that you eat before and after surgery.
Foods You Should Eat — and Avoid Before Surgery
The most important step to take when it comes to the foods you consume is to stop eating processed foods like rice, bread and cereal; as these processed foods promote inflammation. Your diet should mainly consist of natural and fresh products. Basically, don’t eat anything that comes in a container, can or box.
To start your day off, consume a bunch of fresh berries such as blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. These berries contain massive levels of nutrients and antioxidants. Through your day you should do your best to minimise carbohydrates and consume a lot of non-starchy vegetables.
Foods That Promote Healing Post-Surgery
Patients can start eating light meals, the night after their surgery. This first light meal should be something with clear liquids. Patients can move on to heavier foods as soon as their stomachs have settled. As soon as your back to eating solids, you should stick with the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory diet you were eating before your surgery but also include foods that are high in protein.
Our bodies need to build new structure and cells efficiently by eating foods that are high in protein and full of amino acids during recovery. Immune system cells consist of proteins and help by balancing the inflammatory response in the body.
Foods that promote faster healing include Vitamin A rich foods, antioxidant fruit and vegetables and Vitamin C.
Vitamin A-Rich Foods:
Vitamin A is vital for skin growth, helping in the differentiation and reproduction of cells. Vitamin A-rich foods include squash, kale, leafy greens and carrots.
Antioxidant-Rich Fruits and Vegetables:
The body temporarily creates higher levels of free radicals because of the natural consequence of inflammation that occurs during surgery. You can help fight inflammation by eating more foods that are rich in antioxidants like kale, spinach, blackberries, strawberries and blueberries.
Vitamin C-Rich Foods:
While the wound is healing, Vitamin C plays a vital role in helping to preserve collagen. It also raises your immune function, by sending in immune cells that aide while the wound is healing. Foods that are high in Vitamin C include citrus fruits, bell peppers, spinach, tomatoes, kale, broccoli, cauliflower and parsley.