If you are considering plastic surgery, it makes sense to do everything you can to maximize your chances of a good outcome. Whether you’re picking a surgeon, learning about your procedure, or planning your recovery, you should always do research so you can be prepared for anything and give yourself the best chance for success.
One aspect of plastic surgery that is often overlooked is the food you should be eating before and after surgery. While the quick advice is to eat healthy foods and stay away from greasy, sugary, and artificial fare, there are more specific ways to eat smart and help your body recover from the stress of surgery.
Here are some important foods you should include as part of your pre-op diet.
Nuts, such as walnuts and Brazil nuts, offer protein and many other benefits. These nuts are great sources of minerals like zinc, iron, and selenium, which help the body function. They also help regulate cholesterol and provide many nutrients. Walnuts are also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids (good for brain function).
Brightly Colored Fruits & Vegetables
Most brightly colored fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants, which help support the immune system. Antioxidants fight free radicals, which compromise the immune system, and in turn your body’s ability to keep you healthy and bounce back from surgery.
Antioxidant-rich foods include pomegranates, apples (with the skins left on), grapes, berries, carrots, and broccoli.
Poultry & Fish
Lean protein helps your body recover and rebuild cells after the stress of surgery, especially any surgery which involves muscle tissue. Because avoiding red meat and other saturated fat before surgery is a good idea, chicken and fish are good alternative sources of protein. Eggs are also good sources of protein, vitamins, and minerals.
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When in doubt, use common sense regarding pre-surgery nutrition. Do your own research, and ask your surgeon for advice. Be sure to avoid any food and supplements your doctor advises against.
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*The information on this page is not intended to be used as medical advice in any way. Always consult with your doctor for any health related concerns and before starting a new diet or exercise program.