What to eat to speed up recovery after surgery

The recovery period can often be one of the biggest parts of a cosmetic surgery. During this period you need to ensure you relax and avoid strenuous activities which could injure the incision site. This period may make you wish time would speed up so you can see the results and get back to your usual daily routine quicker. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to speed up the recovery period. These steps also involve eating the correct foods.

So what should you eat to speed up recovery after surgery?

1. Vegetables

Vegetables are packed full of vitamins and minerals which will help you to speed up your recovery. They’re also a great source of fibre and will help you fight off any fatigue.

It’s best to try and eat fresh and cooked vegetables, however, frozen and canned are also good if fresh is not an option. Try to avoid processed vegetables.

Vegetables which you should eat during your recovery include broccoli, sweet potato, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower and leafy greens such as spinach and kale.

2. Fresh fruits

fresh fruit

Much like vegetables, fresh fruits have all the vitamins and minerals you need to help feel better while you recover.

Berries not only contain vitamin C but are also high in antioxidants which will help rebuild collagen and will keep your immune system strong. Make sure to eat strawberries, blueberries, pomegranates and raspberries. To help reduce inflammation you can also eat pineapple and papaya.

3. Fibre

Along with plenty of water, high fibre foods will help to ensure you have regular bowel movements and avoid constipation.

Foods high in fibre include fruit, vegetables, whole grains, cereals, beans and legumes.

Make sure you avoid foods that can cause constipation, such as cheese, dairy, red meat, processed foods, dehydrated foods or sugary foods.

4. Whole grains

After surgery, you’ll feel tired and need to consume carbohydrates. This will not only help your muscles but help you get some extra energy.

Whole wheat and rye sour bread, whole grain cereal, brown rice or oats.

5. Protein

Protein is essential to consume during your recovery. However, you’ll want to be cautious about where you are sourcing your protein from. Try and avoid red meat. Instead, try chicken, pork or fish.

If you are vegetarian or vegan make sure to consume beans, tofu and lentils. You may also wish to have protein supplements to ensure you’re getting enough protein.

6. Healthy fats

healthy fat

Strengthen your immune system, fight off infections and keep your energy levels high with healthy fats.

Make sure to consume almonds, avocados, oily fish, olive oil and seeds.

7. Water

This technically isn’t food, but it’s an important one. You will need to remember to keep hydrated after your procedure. Many patients feel dehydrated following their surgical procedure.

Make sure that you’re drinking water – avoid caffeinated drinks, alcohol or sugary drinks.

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