Four Food Groups to Help You Recover from Cosmetic Surgery

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Four Food Groups to Help You Recover from Cosmetic Surgery

Deciding to have cosmetic surgery is a very personal process that people go through for a number of reasons. Improving the physical appearance of your body can help boost confidence and make you feel better about yourself.  However, having cosmetic or plastic surgery can be taxing on the body. Like any operation, it is important to do everything you can to help your body recover and heal quickly. Something as simple as your diet can aid with your surgery recovery.

Inflammation and swelling is the body’s natural way of protecting itself. A normal response after an event such as surgery. The body increases the blood supply to the affected area to help deliver all the nutrients that are needed for healing. However, too much swelling can be detrimental and can actually slow down the healing process. You can help control inflammation in the body by following a few simple dietary suggestions.

Eating health food after surgery is vital. Giving your body the nutrients it needs to adapt, remain infection free, and maximise the effectiveness of the surgery. That is why we have put together this handy short guide of the four best group foods to help you recover from cosmetic surgery, quickly.

PROTEINS

After surgery you should eat a light meal, commencing with clear liquids, and introduce heavier foods again when you can tolerate them. Proteins are a vital part of your post-surgery diet because they are made up of amino acids, which are needed to build new cells. This is a vital part of the healing process. Your immune system uses proteins to balance inflammatory responses in the body, and collagen, the key component in skin repair is also a protein. Having adequate collagen in your body will help reduce the appearance of scars. You don’t need to limit yourself to only lean proteins. Forget your calorie counter for a couple of weeks after surgery, as fatty foods help incisions heal more quickly. Healthy fats come from foods like nuts, seeds, avocados, fatty fish and fattier cuts of meat.

ANTIOXIDANT RICH FOODS

Naturally, your body will be inflamed post-surgery due to the intrusive process, and will temporarily produce a larger number of free radicals. Eating more antioxidant-rich foods will help combat these free radicals and will allow your body to reach an oxidative balance. Foods rich in anti-oxidants include green leafy vegetables like kale and spinach, as well as fruits such as strawberries, blackberries and blueberries.

VITAMIN A RICH FOODS

Foods that are rich in vitamin A are very important for skin growth in the body. When there is a tear in your epidermis (skin), you need to consume foods that are going to help your skin cells grow and reproduce. Vitamin A will also help boost your immune system and reduce the risk of inflammation and infection. Many vegetables including kale, spinach and other leafy greens, as well as carrots and squash, are very rich in vitamin A.

VITAMIN C RICH FOODS

Vitamin C is a magic ingredient in the process of collagen production in the body and is one of the core components of healing wounds. It is also crucial to your immune system. That is why when you were a child and you were sick, you may have been encouraged to take orange vitamin C tablets. However, you can easily get all the vitamin C you need from food. Vegetables like capsicums, tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, parsley, kale, cauliflower, carrots, and brussel-sprouts are very rich in vitamin C. So are citrus fruits like oranges, mandarins, and lemons.

Of course, eating well post-surgery can be a little bit difficult, especially when you are feeling a little exhausted and want to reach for those comfort foods. However, it is important to remember that a little bit of discipline and forethought now will help you achieve the results that you hoped for when going to get cosmetic surgery in the first place a lot faster. Eating a balanced and healthy post-surgery diet that contains these recommended foods will speed up your recovery and have you looking and feeling great in less time.

Richie Singh

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