There are 5 foods that will give your body the energy and nutrition it needs to stave off infections, speed up healing, increase strength and energy, and maintain your stores of nutrients. These foods are also much more enjoyable when shared with loved ones and they help you stay engaged and happy during recovery. Below, you’ll find the top 5 foods to eat after surgery.
Antioxidants are a powerhouse of nutrition that assist in healing the damage which is great for the healing process.
Some examples of fruits packed with antioxidants include:
- Goji berries
The nutrients found in vegetables like vitamins and minerals are essential as part of your healing diet.
Feel free to eat these vegetables as a snack or part of a meal:
- Sweet potatoes
- Brussel sprouts
- Sweet bell peppers
Carbohydrates are found in these vegetables and they are a great source of energy to help fight fatigue, which is common after a surgery. Carbohydrates also stop the muscle from deteriorating while giving your body that boost of vitamin A and C that is so sorely needed. Fiber is also found in vegetables which is useful for those suffering from constipation. Constipation is a common side effect of pain medication.
Although we’re told fat is the enemy, keep in mind that healthy fat is your friend. Healthy fat helps your body absorb the necessary nutrients for the post-surgery healing process. Fat strengthens one’s immune system and decreases your chance of getting an infection.
Healthy fats include:
- Coconut oil
A source of long-lasting source of energy, many types of fats and nuts are high in vitamin E, particularly almonds. Some vitamins, like Vitamin E, helps to heal wounds more quickly and reduce the appearance of scars.
Dark Leafy Greens
Leafy greens may not taste the best, but we strongly believe it is all in the seasoning. Leafy greens are an essential part of a healthy diet! Leafy greens are a great source of vitamin A, C, and E, as well as vitamin K, which is important for the blood clotting process.
Include these vitamin-rich, dark leafy greens in your diet:
- Romaine lettuce
- Bok choy
- Swiss chard
Meat or Other Alternatives
Protein is needed to build muscle. After surgery, your body will be quite weak and will need time to heal. A high amount of protein and iron is needed for the healing process. It is unavoidable that your surgical process left muscles and bone untouched: they have been potentially damaged, moved, and manipulated during the surgical procedure and now need to be repaired.
Stock up on iron and protein through foods like:
- Beans and lentils
At Aston Gardens At Sun City, we do our best to provide such foods to you on our menu and encourage our members to consume healthy foods that are beneficial to the immune system. We lead many independent living programs to improve overall health and fitness for our members. Contact us or schedule a tour to learn more!