Foods to Promote Healing

After an injury or surgery, healing is of the utmost importance. But sometimes healing isn’t as quick and efficient as you’d like it to be. We’ve previously talked about foods that can help boost circulation, but did you know that certain foods can help accelerate the healing process? Check them out!

Berries

Berries like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and other fruits such as grapes or pomegranates contain high amounts of antioxidants. These antioxidants are great for repairing damaged tissue. 

Vegetables

We’ve always been told that vegetables are good for us but we most likely didn’t realize just how good. Certain vegetables can even promote healing, such as:

  • Broccoli: This superfood helps your body in so many ways. It’s a great source of vitamin K, C, and Folate, all of which are essential for wound healing and the maintenance of new cells.
  • Carrots: These crunchy sticks are packed with beta carotene, which is converted into vitamin A during digestion. Vitamin A is essential for growth and development.
  • Brussels sprouts: These little green goodies contain vitamin K, which is essential for blood clotting, and vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps repair tissue.

Other veggies that are important for our bodies are dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and Swiss chard. They contain a range of vitamins that aid in healing the body, improving blood health, and even contain anti-inflammatory properties.

Meat, Poultry, & Dairy – Healing Foods with Amino Acids

After a surgery or an injury, your body is going to need extra protein to help repair damaged muscles. When the body begins to digest protein, it converts it into single amino acids. There are 20 amino acids that the body needs, nine must be consumed and the other eleven are produced naturally by the body, so long as it’s healthy. The nine essential amino acids that your body cannot produce are:

  • Histidine 
  • Isoleucine 
  • Leucine
  • Lysine 
  • Methionine
  • Phenylalanine
  • Threonine
  • Tryptophan
  • Valine

Of these nine essential amino acids, there are three branched-chain amino acids or BCAAs. These amino acids are important for building up your muscles, whether it be after a workout or post-surgery. They are leucine, isoleucine, and valine.

Leucine is responsible for creating new muscle tissue and repairing damaged muscles, along with promoting wound healing. Isoleucine is even more important when it comes to healing muscles after an injury. It’s also known to leave you feeling energized after consuming it. Lastly, valine actually helps prevent muscle damage, so if you know you’re going in for surgery, be sure to up your intake. 

The best foods to consume if you’re looking to boost your intake of BCAAs are meats, poultry, and fish. Other options, especially for vegetarians, include eggs, milk, cheese, and certain nuts and seeds. If you find that you still aren’t getting enough, there are supplements you can add to drinks. 

Gladiator Therapeutics

The far infrared technology within our device can help decrease inflammation, increase circulation, and promote healing. 

NOTE: Content included here is not medical advice, and only is intended as information for adults. Always consult with your health care professional before making changes to diet, exercise, medication, or before use of any product or device.

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