What to eat to dry wounds quickly?
We’ve all had a wound: a cut, scratch or scrape that breaks the skin. Most wounds on healthy people heal quickly when kept clean and free of infection, while other types of wounds are more serious and require medical intervention.The risk of infection and complications is reduced if the wound heals quickly after a cut or surgery. The quick drying of the wound is largely dependent on our lifestyle. During this time, unhealthy food should be avoided and more nutritious food should be eaten.
Here is a list of foods to eat to dry wounds quickly:
* Eggs: The body needs more protein than the daily recommended amount for wound healing after surgery. Generally, the recommended daily protein intake is 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight. The American Society for Enhanced Recovery recommends 1.5-2 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight after surgery. That means – if a person’s body weight is 68 kg, he should eat 105-135 grams of protein per day. A large egg (50 grams) contains about 6.3 grams of protein. Some other good sources of protein are chicken, fish, milk, and cheese.
* Ocean fish: Researchers recommend eating ocean fish that are high in omega-3 fats. Studies have shown that taking omega-3 fat supplements hastened wound healing. You can also eat fish that are high in selenium. Talk to your doctor about taking supplements.
* Berries: Different types of berries are the food that must be included in the post-surgery diet. Berries rich in vitamin C nutrients help heal wounds faster. Some other foods rich in vitamin C are lemon, orange, guava, and Mosambi.
* Nuts and seeds: Nuts and seeds can also contribute to wound healing, such as almonds, walnuts, and sunflower seeds.
* Chicken meat: Glutamine and arginine are two amino acids, which are found in chicken meat. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, which play an important role in wound healing and immune function.
* Cow Liver: You can include cow liver in a post-surgery diet to provide not only high-quality protein but also plenty of vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A supplementation may reduce the risk of infection in deep and exuding wounds. Some other sources of vitamin A are milk, cheese, boiled eggs, sweet potatoes, spinach, and carrots.
* Sweet potatoes: Foods rich in healthy carbohydrates like sweet potatoes are also needed to speed up wound healing. Wound drying is delayed due to a lack of carbohydrates.
* Greens: Greens like spinach, kale, and mustard greens are rich in nutrients – which reduce inflammation, strengthen the immune system and speed up wound healing. Vitamin K in these foods reduces bleeding. As a result, the wound dries quickly.
Advice for patients with diabetes and others
If you have diabetes or special dietary needs, you may also want to schedule a time to speak with your doctor or a specialist at our wound care center about specific changes you can make to speed up wound healing and get recommendations for supplements.
Serious wounds may include decubitus ulcers, also known as pressure sores or bed sores. Decubitus ulcers develop where bones are close to the skin — such as ankles, back, elbows, heels and hips. These wounds are a risk for people who are bedridden, use a wheelchair or are unable to change their position. People with diabetes also have a higher risk of developing foot ulcers that can take weeks or months to heal.
Fortunately, healthful food choices may help with recovery by providing the calories, vitamins, minerals and protein necessary to promote healing.