Updated: Apr 26
Recovery after surgery takes a lot of energy. You need to be fueling your recovery but oftentimes people have a hard time getting back into eating right after a procedure. Your appetite can be affected as well as your mobility to prepare wholesome meals several times a day. Regardless it is very difficult to get all the nutrients you need only from a traditional diet.
Supplementation is a great way to guarantee the intake of vital nutrients to promote faster healing.
Here are a few great items to consider adding to your routine a week or so before your procedure and 2-4 weeks after or until your wound heals.
1. Protein. The body can require up to 120 grams of protein to fully heal after a procedure, especially if you have open wound areas that are draining excessively. Premiere protein is one the more cost-effective options will 30 grams of protein and 1 gram of sugar. Buy here. A plant-based alternative that I personally like is OWYN brand which contains 20 grams of protein from peas, pumpkin and chia also containing branched chain amino acids and added greens.
2. Wound Vitamins. One of the most commons out there is Wound Vite which comprehensive formula for surgery recovery, scar and wound healing support. Contains 21 high quality, pharma-grade ingredients like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Zinc, Organic Turmeric, L-Arginine, L-Glutamine and Bromelain. This proprietary blend of vegan, non-GMO and gluten-free ingredients are safe to use without prescription. Contains vital nutrients that support wound care and healing. Get Here Code ZEN5OFFNOW This still costs $37.
In a quick amazon search and comparison, I found Wound-Aide. Which has the same basic ingredients and costs $29. That wins in my book as you may require 2-3 bottles to get through this healing journey and will likely also be ordering some other wound dressings and treatments.
3. Juven is a mix-in supplement for arginine and glutamine that adds the building blocks of healing skin. It helps to promote good blood flow and support collagen products. It can be quite expensive and doesn't taste great. It's something that is often given at the hospital for people with complicated or non-healing wounds.
There are other options that will give you the mix of nutrients to boost circulation and healing. Many workout product lines also include minerals that can support good blood flow, recovery, healing, and easily mixes with water. These are also slightly more cost-effective because they are intended to be taken a lot over a long period of time.
One that I've been recommending recently is easy to grab off amazon. It's a beautiful red color which makes it more appealing and does not have much of a flavor although have also mixed it with a bit of a water flavor mix in like mio to perk it up a bit.
4. Collagen is a main component of skin and human tissues. Adding collagen into your recovery plan is a great addition especially if you have concerns about skin laxity, dryness, or are over 40 years of age. Supplemental collagen can be found in so many forms powders, coffee creamers, and fun little gummies are my preferred method. Check out a recent post about collagen and recommended products here.
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