When you’ve gone through surgery, time and rest will do much to help you heal, but did you know that what you eat can also do much to contribute to a speedy recovery? These 10 delicious and healthy foods will give your body the increased strength, nutrition and energy it requires for faster healing.
1. Fermented Foods
Probiotics correct imbalances in gut bacteria that can cause illness. Kefir, tempeh, and kombucha can all be enjoyed from your hospital over the bed table. You may also opt for a probiotic supplement if this has been permitted by your doctor.
Antioxidant-containing berries repair damage to cells and tissue. Blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries are all wonderful foods to enjoy after surgery. You can find them together in the frozen food section.
Five daily servings of whole grains like quinoa, rye bread, cereal, and brown rice will provide your body with beneficial carbohydrates. Carbs will keep your brain and body energized, and the fiber content of these foods will help reduce constipation—a common post-surgery complaint.
4. Fresh Fruits
Along with berries, adding a rainbow of fresh fruit to your hospital bedside table with drawers will ensure you receive the vitamins and minerals you need. Apples, grapefruit, melons, and peaches are all wonderful foods to speed healing.
5. Healthy Fats
Healthy fats assist with absorbing other vitamins and nutrients, and they also strengthen your immune system, help with wound healing, and give you lots of energy. Nuts and seeds, along with avocados and olive oil, are all healthy fat sources.
6. Anti-Inflammatory Foods
Anti-inflammatory foods can help reduce pain caused by inflammation. Pineapple contains bromelain, which reduces pain and swelling. The spice turmeric is another powerful anti-inflammatory. However, it must be mixed with black pepper to activate it.
Hydration flushes toxins from the body is a critical component of healthy cells and provides quickly absorbed liquid nutrition. Having water, bone broth, or decaffeinated coffee and tea delivered to your hospital overbed table will help you to heal.
8. Lean Protein
Fish, turkey, and chicken are all great examples of the lean protein needed for faster healing. Meat protein from other sources like eggs, beans, and tofu are great for those who prefer not to eat meat.
9. Fresh Vegetables
Fresh veggies are a must after surgery because of their vitamins and minerals. Think leafy greens like kale and spinach. Add red, yellow, green, and orange peppers in with tomatoes for a colorful meal.
Mushrooms are packed with bone-strengthening Vitamin D. This superfood is also ideal to add to your diet because of the immunity-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties of some varieties.
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