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10 best food to eat for post-surgery recovery

So you are back from a surgery recently and worried about how to get back in the pink of health soon? Surgeries are very demanding on the body. They put the body in stress at not only a physical level but also nutritional level. So, your diet makes for a very important part of your healing process and a healthy, balanced diet is must for active recovery. Some superfoods provide key nutrients and vitamins that help the body heal faster and must be incorporated in the post-surgery diet. The right food packed with essential vitamins and minerals can help with faster wound healing, better immunity and faster recovery.

Let’s look at the top ten foods that you should eat for a speedy recovery post-surgery.

  1. Protein-rich food

Proteins, especially collagen, are important in holding tissues together and healing wounds. Include lean proteins in the form of eggs, fish, legumes, sprouts, meat etc. in your food to boost the collagen levels in your body.

  1. Citrus fruits and veggies

Citrus fruits are excellent sources of Vitamin C, which again are very important for collagen production and function. So grab on to those oranges, mosambi, lemons, guava and capsicums and make sure you have atleast one of these every day. These also make up for the dehydration caused to the body due to surgery stress and anaesthesia.

  1. Fiber

All of those antibiotics and heavy medications kill the normal functioning of the body, especially digestion, and cause gastric troubles. Include a lot of high fiber foods or fruits to get your digestion back on track. Foods rich in fiber include apples, pears, oatmeal, flaxseed meal, corn flakes and beans and carrots. Eat lots of fresh salads and fresh fruits in between meals.

  1. Nuts and seeds

Dry fruits and nuts provide some of the essential, trace nutrients and minerals that are not generally provided by normal food. Important minerals like Zinc, which is very important for active immunity and wound healing, are present richly in dry fruits. Red meats like lamb, liver, seafood and eggs too have very high contents of Zinc and are power foods useful post-surgery.

  1. Immune boosters

Whether you like it or you don’t, there’s no denying the nutritional goodness of cabbages, cauliflowers and Brussels sprouts in maintaining immune health! These vegetables carry phytonutrients and indoles in abundance that help in boosting immunity. Include them in any form in your diet and see their magic unfold!

  1. Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes have emerged as a superfood lately and are found to be excellent sources of beta carotene, Vitamin A in simpler words. Vitamin A boost the skin healing and maintenance process and help immensely with post-surgery healing!

  1. Iron packed foods

Recharge the iron content in your body to account for the blood loss during surgery with iron-rich food. It also adds for more energy and faster wound healing post-surgery. Include a lot of dark green leafy vegetables, carrots, beetroot, whole grains, apricots etc. in your diet for a boost in the iron content and better haemoglobin count.

  1. Fermented dairy products

Although you may be advised to avoid consuming dairy immediately post-surgery, yogurt or curds and low-fat cheese may be excellent dairy products that can help speedy recovery. These help to replenish the probiotics of your system that you may have lost due to heavy medications and antibiotics. They will definitely help ease gastric problems and constipation.

  1. Berries or cherries

Antioxidants and their benefits to fight off bodily stress are endless. Again, these fruits facilitate in nullifying the effects of physical stress of surgery and medications. Eat plenty of cherries and berries and pomegranates to flush your system with rich antioxidants!

  1. Water

Although it is not exactly food, the importance of water consumption in post-surgery diet is underrated. Drinking plenty of water helps flushing the system of all the toxins and reduces side-effects like nausea and stomach upsets due to medications. It also helps rehydration of the body after surgery and in general, helps with gaining maximum benefits of the foods mentioned above!

Discuss all your concerns regarding your diet with the doctor and dietician beforehand and prepare well before surgery to make sure that recovery is easy! With all these power-packed superfoods in hand, post-surgery period will be a cakewalk!

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