In this article we will explain you what to eat after surgery. As we all know, eating healthy is important to keep our body moving everyday and to gain immunity, but when it comes to post surgery time, it’s important more then ever. Through this post we will guide you what you should eat, what kind of foods and nutrients and which food to avoid.
If you are considering surgery, you may have scheduled it, or you already had it, it’s important to know more about diet so you can speed up recovery.
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Most Important Foods To Eat After Surgery
Eating the right foods after surgery is neccesary in order to provide your body with the energy and nutritions it needs to speed up recovery, increase strength and energy and fight against infections. Also, you will find those foods very delicious so don’t worry about the taste.
Berries are full of antioxidans which help body to repair damage made by your injury and surgical operation.
Instead of antioxidans, berries are great source of Vitamin C which is helping your wound to heal quicker.
As always, vegetables are a “must eat” when it comes to diet after surgery. They are full of vitamins and minerals.
- Sweet Potatoes
- Brussel sprouts
Whenever you can, add these to your meal. Also, if you are able, prefer sweet potatos more then potatos. Vegetables are going to give your body carbohydrates, Vitamins A and C and fiber.
Dark Leafy Greens
To give your body great source of vitamins A, C, E and K it’s important to eat leafy greens. It may not be as delicious as fruits but remember that your body needs those vitamins to heal.
- Spinach (remember Popay)
- Swiss chard
- Mustard greens
- Romaine lettuce
Dark Leafy Greens are full of fiber, calcium, magnesium and iron.
One medium egg (boiled) contains: 84 calories, 8.3g protein, 5.7g fat, 1.6g sat fat.
The best thing with eggs is that you can add them to almost any meal, also, eggs are very easy to prepare and serve. It’s a 5-10 minute work. Eggs are also full with calcium, zinc, iron, riboflavin, folic acid, B xomplex vitamins, vitamins A, E and K.
Healthy fats help your body to absorb all the vitamins you are getting from fruit and vegetables. Fat will strengthen your immune system and reduce chance of infection after surgery.
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
For instance, you can eat seeds while you are resting and watching a movie with your family and friends. Trust me, you won’t be able to stop once you start eating them.
Your body needs proteins in order to heal, proteins will recovery your muscles since they contain amino-acids which are crucial for repairing muscle damage made by surgery.
Brightly colored fruits are very important because they contain vitamin A, C, carbohydrates, fiber, antioxidants. So, who does not like fruits? Making a fruit salad is a great way to get all the vitamins you need in one meal.
Probiotics are healthy bacteria that will help your body to digest food and improve your mental balance.
Since you were probably using some pain medicine, don’t forget to intake probiotics because they will help balancing your system again. Pain medicine is not healthy for our body.
Why Do I Need So Many Nutrients?
You need so many nutrients because your body has been weakened and needs to heal. Also, speak with your doctor so he can help you make your diet plan. Even when your recovery period finishes, try to implement most of these in your daily eating. Here we will write you things you need to know about every kind of nutrient your body needs:
- Antioxidants – helping body to repair and protect
- Carbohydrates – providing body and brain with energy
- Calcium – strengthening your teeths and bones, also calcium is found in blood, lymph and body fluids, where it is essential for cell membrane permeability, blood clotting, nerve-mediated transmission, muscle contraction, and the like.
- Fiber – The fibers help regulate the level of blood sugar and protect the blood vessels.
- Iron – Iron is a key element of hemoglobin, a protein that transmits oxygen to the blood, and without enough iron does not create new red blood cells.
- Magnesium – magnesium can relieve sore muscles and promote better sleep quality.
- Potassium – it is necessary for normal functioning of the cardiovascular system and kidneys, transmission of nerve impulses, bone and teeth strength, muscle work, water balance, carbohydrate and protein metabolism
- Protein – The main source of substance for building muscle, blood, skin, hair, nails and internal organs, including the heart and brain.
- Vitamins A,B,C and K – they will help your body build up new bones, tissue, skin, create red blood cells, keep brain healthy, repairing tendons, healing incision and repairs inside the body and clotting.
What Not To Eat After Surgery?
While some foods help your body recover after orthopedic surgery, their positive effects can be canceled out by other foods. Make sure to avoid caffeine, alcohol, excessive sugar, and salt as they can all slow bone healing by depleting your body of nutrients.
Also, avoid foods that causes constipation. Constipation can increase your pain level and can place additional stress on your incision, so it is important to avoid whenever possible. Try to avoid those foods: Fast food, Pizzas, Red Meat, Proccessed Food, Sweets, Cheese, Milk.
Unless advised otherwise by your physician, try to get your nutrients from food rather than supplements because food helps the body absorb them better.
Importance Of Water After Surgery
Human body is 60% made of water. Water is the most important because all the cells and organs need water to work properly. There is no universally agreed quantity you should drink daily, but drink at least 1l of water everyday. After the surgery, as we said before, your body is weakened and needs a lot of things to repair. Let water be your first choice instead of soda and other beverages.
Benefits of water:
- lubricates the joints
- forms saliva and mucus
- delivers oxygen throughout the body
- boosts skin health and beauty
- cushions the brain, spinal cord, and other sensitive tissues
- regulates body temperature
- The digestive system depends on it
- flushes body waste
- helps maintain blood pressure
- makes minerals and nutrients accessible
- prevents kidney damage
Making Shakes Is Healthy
Fruit and Vegetable shakes can help your recovery from surgery very much. Also, it is really easy and quick to make them. You just need a good blender and few kinds of fruits and vegetables and here you are: having a great shake/smoothie which will improve your body health. Smoothies are well know for healing after surgery.
When you will be making your smoothie, try to implement fruits and vegetables that we mentioned before. If you don’t have idea how to make a smoothie, click below and find some great healthy smoothie recipes.
It is important for you to have a quality blender that will dissipate the food to make it easier for your body to digest it.
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