Post Surgery Food Reviews: Foods to Help You Heal Faster

Going through surgery is no picnic. It’s stressful, scary and worst of all it can leave you in a lot of pain and discomfort for days, weeks, sometimes even months afterward. Of course, it is often essential for our health. So, to make that horrible post-surgery period a bit easier, here are some of the best foods to feed your body and help you heal faster after surgery:

Post Surgery Food Reviews: Foods to Help You Heal FasterLean Proteins

Whether you want to recover from a hernia operation, cesarean section or appendectomy, lean proteins, such as chicken and turkey will help. Protein contains lots of collagen and collagen plays a vital role in your tissue repairing itself, so by eating plenty of protein post-surgery, you can kick your body’s repair mechanisms into gear and start feeling better faster. Just remember to eat lean protein as red meat can be quite heavy and more calorific, which means you might not feel quite as good eating it.

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Post Surgery Food Reviews: Foods to Help You Heal FasterFiber

Many of the painkillers that are prescribed post-surgery can cause constipation, which as you will probably know, isn’t very pleasant, and can be quite painful. It’s a good idea, then to increase your fiber intake, whether by eating more beans, whole grains prunes and oats or by taking a fiber supplement.

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Fermented Dairy Products

Fermented dairy products like kefir is full of good bacteria, which is even more important for your body after surgery because antibiotics, which you are usually prescribed to keep infections at bay after surgery, kill the good bacteria in your gut along with the bad. Just one cup of kefir could repopulate your body with as many as 12 kinds of good bacteria and billions of live cultures to calm your digestion and help you heal fast.

Dark Fruits

Fruits that are dark in color, such as blueberries and cherries are not only great snacks, but they’re also packed with antioxidants that will help to counteract the free-radical producing effects of surgery so that you have more energy and so that your body is better able to heal itself.

Citrus Fruits
Post Surgery Food Reviews: Foods to Help You Heal Faster
Citrus fruits, as well as everyone's favorite - the bell pepper - are packed with vitamin C. In fact, they contain upwards of 340 mg per fruit, which makes them the perfect foods to enjoy post surgery. You see, vitamin C helps collagen to cross link, which means, if you get plenty of it, your body may well heal faster.

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Orange Colored Produce

Fruits and vegetables that are orange in hue should also be abundant in your diet post-surgery because they are rich in vitamin A, which the body needs to repair skin and other soft tissue.


Studies have shown that people who ate 4 ounces of shiitake mushrooms daily had decreased levels of inflammatory proteins in their body than those who did not. This is important because, your body is obviously more inflamed post-surgery, and if eating delicious mushrooms can help to change that, well that has to be good news.

Please remember that before you make any changes to your diet, or start taking supplements, you should seek the advice of your doctor or another qualified medical professional.

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