Eating an Immunity-boosting Diet Prior to Cosmetic Surgery
Any cosmetic surgery carries some level of risk for complications. As a result, you should take plastic surgery just as seriously as any other medical procedure, and take necessary precautions to keep the risk level as low as possible.
One way to do this is by changing up your diet to boost your immunity prior to surgery. In this blog post, Dr. Mark Deuber provides tips for changing your diet before surgery, as well as which foods you should add to your diet for a better recovery after surgery.
Why Should You Boost Your Immunity before Surgery?
Your immune system is designed to protect your body against any foreign agent. If your skin is cut open, such as for a surgical incision, your body’s immune system will go into overdrive to protect you from any pathogens that may enter through that incision.
The stronger your immune system, the better it will be able to protect you following your surgery, reducing your chances of infection and promoting faster healing times. You will also end up with superior results from your procedure, with better suture closure and less scarring.
Foods to Help Boost Your Immunity
The key to eating to boost your immunity is to focus on whole foods, including on fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy items. Some specifics to include are listed below.
Vitamin A: Vitamin A can help reduce your risk of infection following surgery. While you can take a vitamin supplement, you can also get it from your diet by focusing on the following foods:
- Sweet potatoes
- Beef liver
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and can also help you fight off colds. Furthermore, it may be one of the easiest vitamins to obtain through natural food sources. Good examples of food sources include:
- Citrus fruits such as oranges, tangerines, or grapefruit
- Bell peppers
- Brussels sprouts
Iron: Any surgery will involve a certain amount of blood loss. Because iron is so essential in terms of helping your blood carry oxygen, it is vital to improve your iron levels prior to surgery to avoid the possibility of needing a blood transfusion. You can either take iron supplements or stock up on foods rich in iron, including:
- Lean meat, preferably chicken or fish
- Peanut butter
Foods to Avoid
The more processed the food is, the better off you will be by avoiding it. This includes any fast food, as well as anything that is fried or heavy on salt or sugar. You should also cut back on baked goods, such as cookies, as well as snacks such as chips or crackers.
Also cut out sugary drinks, such as sodas, in favor of plain water that is not carbonated. Aim for 64 ounces, or eight 8-ounce glasses, of water per day.
Dr. Deuber understands that you are eager to see the final results from your cosmetic surgery. Nevertheless, you will get the best results by preparing your body prior to surgery, including boosting your immune system. In the end, it will be worth all the effort.
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