Surgical procedures, big or small, will have an impact on the body. An incision is made to correct an anomaly and this can be traumatic to some more than others.
Post surgery, other than the recommended rest, proper nutrition is vital to enable the body to heal well and to heal swiftly.
Post surgery nourishment is a key component of your surgery recovery. The reasons are obvious and compelling.
Food nourishes you and helps your body heal from the stresses of surgery. There are many areas to consider with nutrition such as protein needs, inflammation, vitamins and minerals, and constipation.
Rejuvenate and Reinvigorate
As the health food specialist, Rejuven prepares and delivers meals to nourish consumers at the comfort of their homes or offices. With wide ranging menus inspired by age old Chinese recipes, many meals provide targeted health benefits ~ including those who require post surgery nourishment.
At Rejuven, we believe that eating the right foods after surgery can decrease risk of infection, speed healing of the incision and increase strength and energy.
The best post-surgery foods to eat are packed full of vitamins and minerals. Recovering patients can recuperate at home with the peace of mind and let Rejuven rejuvenate you back to peak health.
Post Surgery Nourishment Guidelines
With the green light by the doctor to allow you to consume solid foods following surgery, here are a few basic guidelines to note.
Protein is especially important after surgery. It helps repair damaged body tissues, form antibodies to fight infections, and synthesise collagen which is necessary for scar formation.
Good protein sources include lean poultry, fish and seafood, nuts legumes and seeds. Red meats may trigger inflammation and is not recommended.
Consider nuts, tofu, beans and vegetarian foods, such as tempeh and textured vegetable protein to supplement your protein needs. Dairy products are also a source of protein, but they can cause constipation, so they should be used in moderation.
There are several foods that may help to reduce your pain and inflammation after surgery.
- Fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, trout, sardines, halibut, flounder or sole
- Walnuts, almonds, peanuts
- Canola, extra virgin olive oil, soybean oils
- Flaxseed meal or flaxseed oil
- Soy products (soy milk, tofu, tempeh, edamame, whole soy beans)
- Onion, garlic, and green leafy vegetables
- Dark fruits (blueberries, cranberries, red apples, eggplant, red grapes)
- Green and black tea
Vitamins and Minerals
Many vitamins and minerals can also help reduce inflammation, as well as accelerate wound healing after surgery.
Vitamin A stimulates the immune response and helps form normal outer and inner skin. Good sources of Vitamin A include carrots, leafy greens, red bell pepper, sweet potato, and cantaloupe.
Vitamin C is needed for the speed and strength associated with wound healing. It forms collagen in bones, cartilage, muscle, and blood vessels. Good sources include kiwi, oranges, tomatoes, strawberries, broccoli, bell peppers, and potatoes.
Vitamin D is an essential nutrient in the formation, maintenance, and repair of bones. Good sources include fortified milk, egg yolk, salmon, tuna, and direct exposure of skin to sunlight (10 minutes, two times per week).
Calcium is an essential mineral for bone repair/soft tissue healing, proper blood clotting, muscle contraction (especially normal heartbeat rhythm). Milk and milk products, as well as dark green leafy vegetables are also good sources.
Zinc can accelerate wound healing in patients following surgery. Primary sources include oysters, lean meats, fish, poultry, legumes, whole grain breads and cereals.
Copper is necessary for collagen formation, as well as bone and joint integrity and can be found in oysters and other shellfish, whole grains, legumes, nuts, potatoes and dark leafy greens.
It is important to drink plenty of water and eat fiber after surgery to prevent constipation.
Try to eat whole foods that are higher in fiber (an orange instead of orange juice), and limit those that are refined or include additives like salt, fat, and sugar.
Choose whole grain breads, cereals, fruits and vegetables (fresh or frozen) that are darker in color to increase your insoluble fiber intake. If you are able, try to exercise or be active in your daily routine. Exercise can stimulate the bowel.
Lack of Appetite
Sometimes it is difficult to eat after surgery because of a lack of appetite. This typically passes a few days after surgery, but it is important to continue eating nutritious foods during this part of your recovery.
Failing to eat enough after surgery can delay the healing process.
Recover, Fuss Free At Home
Whilst it is good to be more knowledgeable about the importance of post surgery nourishment now, the proof is in the eating.
One should just rest and not fret over the preparation of meals.
Rejuven, a brand of established RichFood, pioneers the delivery of freshly prepared healthy and tasty Chinese meals to meet consumers needs. Whether post surgery, boosting body or organ health, promoting vitality, better complexion or general well being, Rejuven has the meals for you.
If you, or a loved one, require special nourishment after a medical procedure, drop us a note.
We will be pleased to help you rejuvenate and get back on your feet again.