Was there a time when you accidentally cut yourself while slicing something? Or you were running fast or riding a bike. Then suddenly you stepped on something. Causing you to trip or get thrown out of the bike. And then after that, you noticed you ended up with a wound? While oftentimes we just ignore incidents like these. But have you ever paid a little bit of attention to how fast your body heals a wound? How fast was it? Or how slow? Was there a chance where you think your wound take a little bit longer to heal?
Well. There are so many factors that can affect wound healing. But not just would healing, but also recovery from illness and/ or surgery.
And one of them is nutrition. Many foods like vegetables, fruits, and meats are rich in protein. Because they provide fuel and essential nutrients that your body needs to repair itself. Like reduce inflammation and boost the immune system.
So, if you want to give that extra healing boost to your body. Here are some foods that you may want to try.
1. Eat Your Veggies
- preferably the green and leafy ones. This leafy goodness contains essential nutrients like Vitamin C and Vitamin A. These vitamins are vital for making collagen and the formation of blood vessels.
2. Indulge in some meat.
Or at least those rich in protein. - Your body needs protein, and one of the proteins that are needed in wound healing is collagen. It’s a key component of the extracellular matrix, produced by the body’s fibroblasts. The complex processes eventually lead to the filling up of the wound area. So, consuming red meats like beef and pork can be a great source of collagen.
3. Fruits like berries -
Just like vegetables, berries are not just rich in vitamins. But also, they are a great source of antioxidants. Which helps reduce inflammation and stimulate immune-related actions in the body. berries
4. Healthy Fats -
Besides the typical antioxidants, vitamins, and essential trace minerals like copper, manganese, and magnesium that are essential for wound healing. Essential facts that are found in nuts and seeds, fish and fruits like avocado. Almost contains fats (mono and polyunsaturated fats). They act as energy support so that your body doesn’t consume protein too much. In addition to providing the necessary raw materials for cell membrane production (lipid components). and wound healing.
5. Poultry and Eggs -
if you don’t like eating red meat. Then consuming eggs, which are rich not just in protein. But also, nutrients such as selenium, zinc, and iron. Which also plays a vital role in wound healing. Including antioxidant, membrane repair, and reduction of inflammation.
Many factors can influence how fast the wound heals. It also depends on how deep or superficial the wound, and where is it located. In terms of factors that can affect wound healing, nutrition can be one of the key factors. There is also the person’s overall health, underlying diseases, and lifestyle. So, it's best to at least visit your board-certified physician or healthcare provider for some medical advice, that is appropriate for your condition.
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