If you have been injured or will be having surgery, it is important to help your body undergo the healing process by making sure that you are getting adequate nutrition. Your body needs carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, and minerals, as well as water to heal.
- Your body needs CALORIES. In order to heal, your body needs more nutrients than it does regularly. In fact, you need to consume 15-20 calories per pound of your current body weight to maximize healing. Recovering from injury is NOT the time to start or continue a diet!!
- To calculate how many calories you should be consuming each day multiply your body weight in pounds by 15-20. That means that a 150 pound person needs to consume 2,250-3,000 calories per day!!
- Your body also needs HYDRATION. You should drink a minimum of 8 cups of water or non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic fluid each day. You may need more fluid depending on the types of medication you are taking. Adequate hydration not only helps with healing, it also helps prevent constipation caused by some of the medications you may have been prescribed.
- You need to eat WELL-BALANCED MEALS. Your body needs all types of nutrition including carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. You should try to take in 6-12 ounces of protein each day.
- Your body needs VITAMINS. Dr. Taylor recommends taking an over-the-counter multivitamin. Vitamin D is important for bone healing. Vitamin C, zinc, and vitamin A are important for preventing infection.
- You may consider adding a nutritional supplement such as Carnation Instant Breakfast, Muscle Milk, Ensure, or Boost if your appetite is decreased to ensure that you are getting adequate nutrition.