One of the best ways to embrace a successful post-surgery recovery is through good diet and nutrition. Especially when it comes to breast augmentation surgery and enabling your skin restore its natural feel, elasticity, and color (all while minimizing the visibility of scars,) flooding your system with foods rich in nutrients, minerals, quality fats, and proteins will promote a more desirable outcome.
When it comes to optimizing your diet for post-surgery recovery, there are few key foods (or types of foods) that you may want to consider. Below we discuss a few of those foods and how to use the for optimal post-op recovery.
Get Enough Protein
While protein has become a nutritional celebrity in the general food marketing industry, it’s very important for the post-operative recovery process. It’s suggested by surgeons and other medical professionals to consume of 2:1 ratio of total body weight (in pounds) to grams of protein. So if you weigh 130 lbs, strive to consume around 60-70 grams of protein in a day.
For some women, this may seem like a lot of protein, especially for those who eat a more plant-based or vegetarian/vegan diet. If you don’t eat meat during at least one meal per day, you may want to supplement with a protein powder. Plant-based, vegan protein powders have been shown to be the best sources of protein, due to their high absorption rate. If you’re not sure where to start, check out some of these vegan protein powder product reviews to find a plant-based protein supplement that suits your needs.
Don’t Fear Fats
Fats are also very important for surgical recovery, not only in helping to repair tissues, but also for proper brain functioning. Sometimes surgery can put us into a slump and our brains will often feel just as fatigued as our bodies. Eating a diet that’s high in fat will help provide immediate energy for many bodily functions.
The best sources fats for both recovery and human functioning include: omega 3 fatty acids (common in fish oils), coconut oil, nuts, seeds, and avocados. These fats are some of the most common and easily-accessible at most food markets.
Dose-up On Anti-Inflammatories
There are many great foods that have high-potency anti-inflammatory properties which further enable the body to heal. Among the best sources include:
- Turmeric (or curcumin)
- Fatty fish (such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines)
- Fruit and berries (especially strawberries, blueberries, and cherries)
- Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collards
For more, check out this great Harvard write-up of Foods that fight inflammation. Natural sources of anti-inflammatories can dramatically accelerate the body’s ability heal and buffer scar tissue that can collect around incision points. When consuming supplements like curcumin and turmeric, which two very powerful sources, take them with fats like fish oil or other fatty foods to ensure proper absorption. This will enable the body to fully utilize the anti-inflammatory properties of these supplements.
Do you have any great nutritional tips or tricks for breast augmentation recovery? Let us know in the comments below.