Eating healthy is important for a number of reasons. How else are we supposed to improve our immune system, maintain a healthy weight, and keep organs and tissues functioning at optimal levels?
Nutritious and well-balanced foods have the power to nourish and heal. Bottom line: it’s important to eat right especially after cosmetic surgery.
Eating Healthy After Surgery – Why Is It Important?
It helps support our body’s healing system. Other physiological functions are also positively affected including nutrient absorption, digestion, cell repair, and others. Eating healthy and well-balanced meals is equally important, not just for plastic and cosmetic surgery, but other surgical procedures as well.
For instance, foods like dark leafy greens and fatty fish help fight inflammation. Certain foods high and saturated fat can increase inflammation. Similarly good blood circulation is encouraged by oranges, ginger root, and garlic.
Foods to Eat After Cosmetic Surgery
The most important food groups you must have after cosmetic surgery are:
Constipation is a common complaint after surgery. Qualified nutritionists at International Patient Facilitators instruct patients to eat plenty of fiber-laden foods. Prevent this complication by avoiding dehydrated or dried foods, processed foods, cheese and dairy products, red meats and sweets.
Amino acids found in protein helps with tissue regeneration and wound healing. Consuming lean protein such as chicken, seafood, and turkey following surgery can also aid in increasing strength and energy
You can also get your daily protein intake from eggs, nuts, beans and tofu. Add protein powder to drinks and fruit smoothies if having trouble getting enough from your diet.
Vitamins C & E
While all vitamins are important, vitamin C and E are especially helpful after surgery. Vitamin C aids in tissue repair and collagen re-growth, which speeds up healing and recovery time.
Excessive scarring and incision site complications are also minimized. An antioxidant, vitamin E defends the body against additional damage. Food sources are best at providing the necessary vitamins and minerals; try adding vitamin C dense citrus fruits, berries, bell peppers, and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli) to your diet. Get your daily dose of vitamin E from seeds, eggs, nuts, and some plant derived oils.
Healthy and Simple Recipe for Great Skin – Avocado & Egg Pizza
This is an amazingly simple recipe that can be made for lunch or breakfast. Not only will you eat healthy but you get to eat pizza!
- Pocket-less pita bread
- Lemon juice
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
Pop the pita bread into the toaster, while you fry an egg. Take out the bread when nicely toasted. Mash avocado into a bowl, drizzle some lemon juice and olive oil. Spread this mixture on the toast and place fried egg on top. Sprinkle salt and pepper according to taste and enjoy!
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