After having surgery, it’s really important that you focus on the foods you’re eating to give your body what it needs to recover. Every surgery is different, so the main thing to do is consult your surgeon on exactly what you should be eating and drinking, as someone who has had a bowel surgery and someone who’s had a breast reduction Manchester based. However, in general we have some foods that will help to fuel your body and help you to recover!
First up, you should add berries to your diet, as they are packed full of antioxidants to help protect cells from damage and also reduce inflammation. They’re also a great source of vitamin C that helps the body produce collagen, an important component in healing wounds. You can easily fit berries into your diet, whether it’s strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, currants or raspberries. Simply snack on them, have them a dessert or maybe start your day off with a smoothie to get a great portion of antioxidants early on! Before your surgery, stock your freezer up with frozen berries and then you’ll always have some handy. If you’ve had a less invasive procedure, perhaps plastic surgery in Manchester, then this could be a good opportunity to walk down to your local shop once you’ve got the all clear to get some fresh berries.
Another group of important foods you should be eating after surgery is protein. Protein plays a huge role in our body, as it is in every cell, tissue and organ in our body, so increasing protein to help the body recover is a great thing to do whilst we heal. You can find all different types of food that are high in protein, like poultry, red meat, fish, lentils, beans, tofu, yoghurt and eggs, so you should simply aim to have around a handful worth of protein with every meal and it will soon add up to help you feel nice and strong in no time!
Probiotics should be an important part of our diets anyway, as they help to create a healthy gut biome, which then has a positive impact on all other areas of our health. When we’re recovering from surgery, this is particularly important, as it can help to accelerate wound healing, help with immunity and reduce the risk of infections. The easiest way to consume probiotics is through yoghurts with live bacteria which you can find in any local supermarket, or things like sauerkraut, cottage cheese and miso contain good amounts of probiotics.
Lastly, leafy green vegetables like kale, spinach and rocket are great to eat after surgery, as they’re packed full of so many healthy nutrients that our bodies love. Again, leafy greens should be in any diet, however they’re particularly good for us when our body needs to heal. Stock your fridge with some leafy greens and this is a great way to promote recovery within your body.