Which Foods Speed Up Recovery After Surgery?

Surgery is a common event as we age. In your lifetime, you will most likely go in for surgery or take care of someone recovering from surgery. There are over 48 million surgical procedures done every year and 72% of all surgeries are experienced by those over the age of 45.

It could be a fall, a car accident, a new health condition or a chronic health condition that leads to a trip to the operating room. Recovering from hip replacements, cataract surgery, fracture repair, cancer operations, biopsies, heart surgery and back operations are the most common.

Every type of surgery, even planned and elective surgeries, are a source of trauma to one’s body. After surgery, you or a loved one may experience a higher risk of:

  • Infection
  • Pneumonia
  • Falls
  • Decreased mobility
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Loss of energy and motivation

But don’t get scared! Your surgery is meant to improve your quality of life. There are a few key things you can do to have a smooth transition from the hospital to your home. One of the most important things to focus on while healing from surgery is nutrition.

assortment of healing foods

The 10 Best Foods to Eat After Surgery to Promote Healing

By Home care assistance

There are 10 foods that will provide your body with the energy and nutrition it needs to fight off infections, accelerate healing, increase your strength and energy and maintain your nutrient stores. The best part is these top 10 foods are delicious! They are also much more enjoyable when shared with a friend or family member to help you stay engaged and happy during recovery.

  1. Berries

Antioxidants are a powerhouse of nutrition that help the body repair damage. Perfect for after surgery!

Fruits with antioxidants include:

  • Grapes
  • Pomegranates
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Goji berries
  • Blackberries

Berries are also an excellent source of vitamin C. Research shows that vitamin C is helpful in rebuilding collagen and soft tissue, meaning your incision site will heal quicker.

  1. Vegetables

The vitamins and minerals you will find in vegetables are some of the most important nutrients in your healing diet.

Eat these vegetables as a snack or part of a meal:

  • Carrots
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Potatoes

Including these veggies in your daily diet adds a healthy source of carbohydrates, which will help you battle the fatigue that is commonly felt after coming home from the hospital. Carbohydrates provide your brain with energy and stop muscle from breaking down. Your body will also get a boost of vitamin A and C. Another great benefit is that the fiber in a diet high in vegetables reduces constipation, which is a common side effect of pain medication and decreased mobility. Read more https://homecareassistance.com/blog/top-10-healing-foods-eat-surgery

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