From Healing to Healthy
Food is fuel. It is very important to eat the right food after your orthopedic surgery for healing of your wound and faster recovery. What do we mean by the “right food”? By right food we mean proper nutrient rich food that act as building blocks and aid quick and healthy recovery.
There are plenty of foods that you can incorporate in our diet but below is the list of some foods which have some specific nutrients that will help you get back to your functional selves as quickly as possible.
Fresh fruits and vegetables: Include in your diet, fruits that are high in vitamin C as it will help fight inflammation in the body. Fruits such as guava, papaya, oranges, strawberries, grapefruit, and cantaloupe have the highest concentration of vitamin C. Eat approximately two to four servings of these fruits daily for a faster recovery. Vitamin C is also found in the green leafy vegetables like spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts and cabbage. It is very essential to build up your immune system that is weakened by the surgery.
Whole Grains: Be sure to include whole grain foods like whole wheat breads, brown rice rich in Vitamin B which will help stimulate your digestive system and keep the system normal. Medicines often contribute to constipation in patients, so consuming good grains counters that effect and makes you feel comfortable. Warm oatmeal not only provides essential fiber but also acts as a filling food.
Water: Stay Hydrated is the Key! It is absolutely essential to stay fully hydrated post-surgery. After the surgery your immune system is extremely weak, hence chances of getting an infection is higher. Water helps keep these infections away and acts as a catalyst to your recovery. Furthermore, water helps your body get rid of toxins. To avoid constipation, drink at least six to eight glasses of fluid a day.
Milk and Probiotics: Its very important to know that our body doesn’t make calcium on its own, so the best way to get more calcium is to include calcium in your diet. The best sources of calcium is dairy products such as low-fat and no-fat milk, yogurt and cheese, fortified foods for example seeds, tofu or rice milk. Calcium acts in synergy with protein for bone formation and therefore is an essential mineral post-surgery. Even our heart, muscles and nerves need good amount of calcium to function normally. Probiotics are great for gut health. Antibiotics kill bad bacteria, but they can also kill the good bacteria that live in our guts and aid in digestion. So include probiotics in your diet and keep your gut healthy.
Nuts, seeds, beans, fax: These foods contain Zinc, which is necessary for the functioning of our immune system and wound healing. The body requires zinc to develop and activate cells that are involved in immunity. It is necessary for protein synthesis and cell growth.
Legumes and soy food: Soy is a lean source of plant protein with numerous health benefits. It reduces cholesterol, boost lean muscle mass, supply fiber, and provide essential vitamins and minerals including folate, calcium, magnesium, zinc and vitamin K. It contains all nine amino acids required by the human body to support health and well-being. It not only heals the wound but also aids tissue regeneration.
Lean meat, skinless poultry, fish and eggs: This food contains abundant proteins which plays an important role in knitting tissue back together. If you have incisions to repair, this is a must have food
Eating balanced diet rich in essential nutrients will help you get back to your normal active life. Use the tips mentioned above to stay healthy and it is equally important to
Stay Active and Positive!!