• Wound Healing & Nutrition

  • A well-balanced diet provides an optimum setting for healing and recovery. Eating the right foods provides your body with vitamins A and C, protein, and other nutrients that are very important when you are healing a wound. Inadequate amounts of these nutrients in your diet may lead to poor wound healing.

    Tips for Eating a Well-Balanced Diet While You Are Healing
    • Eat a variety of foods from the major food groups. These groups include:
      • Bread, cereal, rice and pasta group (6-11 servings/day)
      • Vegetable group (3-5 servings/day)
      • Fruit group (2-4 servings/day)
      • Milk, yogurt, and cheese group (2-3 servings/day)
      • Meat, poultry, fish, dried beans, eggs, and nuts group (2-3 servings/day)
    • Eat foods that are high in protein such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, cheese, beans, tofu, and peanut butter.
    • Eat foods that are high in vitamin C. Some good food sources include citrus fruits (grapefruit, oranges, tangerines), strawberries, cantaloupe, papaya, mango, bell peppers, red peppers, tomatoes, and potatoes.
    • Vitamin A is also important for wound healing. Food sources include fortified milk, cheese and margarine, eggs, spinach, dark green leafy vegetables, broccoli, apricots, cantaloupe, squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin.
    • It is best to get your nutrients through food, but if it is hard for you to eat a variety of foods, it might be helpful to take a multivitamin/mineral supplement.
    • Nutritional supplements may also be helpful in getting extra protein, vitamins, and minerals. If you decide to try these supplements, take them between meals as a snack so that it does not replace your food intake. Examples of nutritional supplements to promote wound healing include:
      • Ensure, Ensure Plus, Boost, Boost Plus and Carnation Instant Breakfast
      • Powdered milk – add 2 tablespoons to 8 ounces of liquid milk  
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