Healing Process your
There are many elements that will affect your healing process. In order to maximise your body’s ability to rest, recover and heal, a proper diet is essential.
Eat the Rainbow
Consuming fresh and organic (if possible) fruit and vegetables and maintaining a balanced diet before and after your surgery will help to ensure your body is receiving the nutrients it needs to fully recover.
Almonds, fruit, lean meats, whole grains, yoghurt and seafood are all high in vitamins E, D, C and A, iron, protein, fibre and zinc. Foods containing these nutrients assist in wound healing and repair, increasing immunity, as well as promoting growth of new blood cells.
Protein is essential for the maintenance and repair of delicate body tissue. Depleted protein levels will cause a decrease in collagen development, slowing the wound healing process. Great sources of protein include red and white meats, fish, eggs, dairy products (milk, cheese, yoghurt), soy beans, legumes, seeds, nuts and grains.
Vitamin C plays an important role in collagen production as well as the formation of new blood vessels and wound healing. Vitamin C also has important antioxidant properties that help the immune system and increase the absorption of iron. You can easily find plenty of Vitamin C in fresh fruit and vegetables, especially, oranges, grapefruit, tomatoes, and leafy vegetables.
Vitamin A stimulates collagen production and wound healing. Low Vitamin A levels can result in slower wound healing and susceptibility to infection. Vitamin A is found in milk, cheese, eggs, fish and dark green vegetables.
Iron helps to deliver oxygen to the site of the wound and increase wound healing. By ensuring your iron levels are topped up, your body will produce adequate collagen and strengthen the wound. The best sources of iron in your diet are red meat, offal, fish, eggs, whole meal bread, dark green leafy vegetables, dried fruits, nuts and yeast extracts.