Foods That Promote Healing After Surgery

A healthy diet can help your body heal faster … 

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(AUGUST MCLAUGHLIN, LIVESTRONG) Whether you undergo a simple procedure, such as dental surgery, or a more complex procedure, such as heart surgery, a healthy diet can help your body heal properly.

Protein-Rich Foods

Protein provides amino acids — the building blocks of lean tissue. Post-surgery recovery requires amino acids to repair and rebuild your body, and those found in fish, egg whites and chicken can help your body heal faster.

Many animal sources of protein also contain vitamin B12, which helps your body produce new blood cells. Protein-rich foods also enhance your body’s ability to defend itself from infections and diseases that can hinder your recovery.

Additional sources of amino acids include turkey, lean meats, low-fat dairy products and beans, peas and lentils.

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Vitamin C-Rich Foods

Vitamin C provides potent disease-fighting benefits and helps promote wound healing.

Incorporate a variety of vitamin C-rich foods, such as red bell peppers, citrus fruits and juices, berries, kiwi, mangos, papaya, cantaloupe, leafy greens, broccoli, brussels sprouts, tomatoes, sweet potatoes and baked potatoes, regularly.

Whole Grains

Carbohydrates provide glucose, your body’s primary energy source. Complex carbohydrates also support your body’s immune system.

Nutritious whole grain foods include 100 percent whole grain breads, long-grain brown rice, wild rice, barley soup, old fashioned oatmeal and air-popped popcorn.

Iron-Rich Foods

Consuming iron-rich foods such as liver, clams and beef is important for optimizing your hemoglobin content and increasing your iron stores before your surgery to account for the blood loss during the procedure. READ THE FULL STORY AT LIVESTRONG.COM. Also of interest: 5 Foods You Didn’t Know Are Good for Your Eyes