I recently had the privilege of moderating a Google Plus Hangout on the topic of Essential Nutrition for Wound Care. The guest for the interview was Registered Dietician and Nutrition Professor at UNC Chapel Hill, Amanda Holliday. It was such an informative interview that I wanted to share some of the nutrition tips Amanda gave our panel. I began with the question, Does what you eat matter when you’re trying to heal from a wound? To which she responded,
A better question is when does eating NOT matter?…..Never!
The first nutrition tip is that we need to break a part our food into the major areas we obtain nutrients and calories are a good place to start. When we are dealing with a physical trauma like a wound, our bodies are slightly metabolic and have increased needs. We need to make sure we are eating regularly. Eating only one meal during your day is not a good strategy for healing a wound. The best nutrition tip is to get back to eating 3 meals a day or several small meals throughout the day to get plenty of calories.
Fruits and Vegetables
What you eat before a surgery can help and even more importantly you need to establish a nutritional eating pattern. Choosing fruits and vegetables with Vitamin A and Vitamin C are good, but instead of worrying where all the vitamins are in your food; try to get your five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Our nutrition levels need to increase when we are healing from a wound so getting into a routine of eating fruits and vegetables prior to a surgery is a great nutrition tip.
Protein is key for immune response and healing your wound. For most of us the recommendation for non-wound health is .8 grams of protein per kilo. To find this out you simply take your weight in pounds and divide it by 2.2, then multiply by 8. When you’re dealing with a wound, your need for protein increases from .8 grams to 1.2-1.5 grams per kilo. That translates into needing protein at every meal. If you watch the attached video, Amanda gives some great recommendations for high protein meals and more nutrition tips for vegetarians and vegans.
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