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Ideal Foods to Eat When Recovering from Surgery

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Ideal Foods to Eat When Recovering from Surgery

Surgery can be serious, minor or one of the latest trends, but it’s always important to feed your body with the right nutritional foods and drink for the speedy and safe recovery. It’s important to ask for information from your doctor, but if you’ve just got home after surgery, there are some recommended ideal foods to consider.

No matter whether you’re having your plastic surgery Manchester based, a knee operation in London or surgery anywhere else in the world, looking after yourself after surgery is so important. Here are the essentials your body needs to help the recovery process:


Found in meat, fish, dairy, nuts, soy, beans and so many more, protein is essential following surgery to allow your bones and muscles to rebuild and to stay strong. Protein is also responsible for building white blood cells that are necessary for immune system function, which is important for fighting off infection. It has been recommended that you avoid red meat due to the high levels of saturated fat and focus on more lean proteins such as chicken, turke, and pork. Of course, always discuss this with your doctor as every recovery will be different. 

Garlic and Onions

These cooking staples are naturally good at fighting off bacteria, viruses, and infections, which of course you want to avoid after surgery. It is easy to fit these things into your diet, so stock up the cupboard! To maximise the antibiotic properties of garlic specifically, it should be eaten raw, so try this in a salad, soup or even a smoothie. If you’re planning on meeting friends after one of these meals, remember to brush your teeth!

Plenty of Fibre 

High fibre foods are so important after surgery, as they help to prevent constipation, which is common after surgery. It can increase pain and sometimes even mean you have to go back to the hospital. Add high fibre foods to your diet in a natural way, rather than through supplements. For example, try a high fibre cereal for breakfast, a sandwich on whole-grain bread for lunch and then a whole grain salad for dinner with plenty of fruit and vegetables. You don’t want to have to worry about anything other than recovering after surgery, so eat a lot of offiber! 

Fruit and Veg

Eating fruits such as strawberries, blackberries, cherries, and pomegranates after surgery contains compounds that enhance the effects of vitamin C, as well as containing a range of antioxidants that will help you to recover. Orange fruits and vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots, mango, and dried apricots all contain pro-vitamin A, which can be converted into vitamin A to repair and maintain soft tissue and the skin. So, trying to fill up on these following surgery certainly makes sense. These exotic fruits not only taste great, but they contain enzymes called papain and bromelain which are great at reducing swelling and inflammation. Unfortunately, in pineapple, bromelain is found in the center of the pineapple which isn’t especially pleasant to eat, so perhaps try putting this into a smoothie and once blended, you won’t be able to tell the difference. Just make sure that the pineapple is nice and ripe. 

Things to Avoid!

Even if you are consuming lots of the good stuff, the effects can easily be canceled out if you are eating the wrong foods. Avoid excess sugar, alcohol, and caffeine where possible. Also, unless advised by your doctor, it is usually better to get your nutrients from foods rather than supplements to ensure the body is absorbing what it needs to. You don’t want to reverse all the hard work you’ve put in or risk any unnecessary complications, so be sure to stick to a strict diet to get back to your normal self as soon as possible! It’s also worth considering non-surgical procedures if your operation is cosmetic, 2019 if offering plenty of alternatives to invasive procedures.