Undergoing surgery places a huge stress on the body and it’s not until you’re out of the surgery room that healing can begin. As to how well your body heals depends on many things including genetics, wound management, diet and lifestyle. One of the most important things you can do to improve the wound healing process and ensure a speedy recovery is to increase your consumption of certain nutrients known for their positive effect on wound healing and skin function. These include:
- Vitamin C- bursting with antioxidant goodness, improving skin integrity and elasticity, reduces inflammation, improves immune function and boosts collagen production (1)(2).
- Vitamin A- increases collagen production (1)(2).
- Zinc- increases collagen production, promotes tissue growth and skin healing (3).
- Magnesium- is a wonder mineral and involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body. It helps to improve circulation, assists DNA repair and reduces inflammation (4).
- Hydration- is another important factor and is often overlooked. Dehydrated skin loses elasticity and can become fragile and more prone to breakdown. Dehydration will also reduce the body’s capacity to circulate blood efficiently, impairing the supply of nutrients and blood to the wound (3).