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What You Eat Affects Inflammation and Healing

Written by Meghan Russo, PTA
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RS1966 shutterstock 189234521 Did you know that many foods can decrease or increase inflammation and help to decrease pain?  It is important to try and maintain a healthy diet, especially while healing after an injury or surgery.  Most people think they should cut back on calories since they are less active or are tempted to eat more unhealthy comfort foods while being stuck at home recovering, but this will not help speed up the recovery process.

      fridge      RS2059waterintroAfter a surgery, your metabolism can speed up, burning more calories.  This is why is it important to still take in the right amount of calories that contain nutritional value.  If you are not consuming enough calories, your body will start burning muscle mass, decreasing more energy.  Also, consuming protein-rich foods such as lean chicken, fish-including salmon and cod, will help give you more energy and help the healing process.  Other foods that will help decrease swelling after surgeries include: nuts, seeds, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits.  It is also important to cook with healthier oils such as: canola and extra virgin olive oil.  Water is also essential to help decrease inflammation.  Try and at least drink some with every meal.  Remember, the more colorful your plate the more nutrients you are consuming!

            Some food can increase inflammation and delay healing.  Foods to consider cutting out, or reducing from your diet while healing after an injury include: red meat, processed foods, white bread/pasta, and pop.  These foods contain a lot of unnecessary sugars. pasta

It is important to consider what you are eating during the healing process to help get you feeling back to yourself sooner. A good variety of unprocessed foods will give you more energy as well as decrease inflammation and pain. 

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