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Eating for Healing

eating healing from surgery

If you undergo any type of surgery, then this can take a serious toll on your body, and getting back to 100% health should always be your priority. Similarly, if you are recovering from an illness, then focusing all of your energy on recovery can help to avoid potential complications and further illness. In both of these situations, your diet plays a huge role in how your body heals. Therefore, opting for optimum nutrition is one of the best things you can do.

Eating for Healing

There are several foods that are fantastic for healing the body. Including these foods in your meals regularly will give your system the much needed help that it requires.


Zinc is essential for a healthy immune system and it is also useful in helping your body to heal wounds.

There are several delicious plant-based sources of zinc, such as mung beans, mushrooms, spinach and cashew nuts. It is not difficult to include these foods in your daily diet. For example, you can keep a stash of cashew nuts with you to snack on throughout the day and opt for a spinach based salad for your lunch.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is another vitamin that is great for helping your body to heal faster after surgery. Fortunately, this isn’t a vitamin that many people are deficient in and you should already have ample supply in your body.

However, it is true that you can never have too much of a good thing! Opting for certain foods, such as broccoli, kiwi, tomatoes, and leafy green vegetables, will give you the extra boost that you might need. Upping your vitamin C intake a few weeks before surgery and for a few weeks afterwards is a great idea and also incredibly simple.

Vitamin B

There is limited research to suggest that vitamin B is effective during the healing process. It is thought that as well as speeding up the rate at which wounds heal, vitamin B can also increase the rate of protein synthesis. Additionally, it is known to help reduce inflammation, which is of course commonly associated with injuries.

Foods that are high in B vitamins include whole grains, beans, legumes, green leafy vegetables and a wide variety of fruits.

Your Health

Sometimes it’s hard to predict when surgery will have to occur and of course it’s impossible to predict when an accident might take place which could lead to injury. However, when you do know that such an incident is going to take place, it’s completely within your power to look after yourself by improving your diet.

Going one step further and living well all of the time will bring your body many more benefits!

This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. thanks so much for the advice, comes just at the right time for me after a bout of illness, nice to know I am on the right track and how to get strong again.

  2. I had an unexpected operation in April and am still recovering, as something went wrong and now there are nerves trapped in my tissue. Sadly enough there is nothing food can do in this case, but when it comes to regaining a healthy and functioning system and cleansing the body from all the toxins, these foods are surely amazing 🙂 thanks for the post!

  3. Julie, I really appreciate this! I had a couple of surgeries (one emergency) at the end of 2012 that I am still recovering from. I’ve printed this out for additional help. Thanks!

  4. Reblogged this on cmercedes38 and commented:
    Stress and Anxiety leads to deficiency in essential vitamins and minerals.
    A nutritious and well balanced diet is imperative to restore balance to our bodies
    Headaches, insomnia, lethargy, depression, and sadness can be the result of excessive stress.
    Nutrition and healing go hand in hand

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