Nutrition Tips to Promote Wound Healing

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Healthful food choices might be able to help with recovery from various wounds by providing the energy, vitamin, mineral and protein requirements necessary to promote healing, according to the U.S. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

First, remember to plan healthy, balanced meals and snacks that include the right amount of foods from various food groups — protein, fruits, vegetables, dairy and grains.

Try to choose vegetables and fruits rich in vitamin C — think strawberries and spinach. For adequate zinc, choose whole grains and consume protein, such as eggs, meat, dairy or seafood. Speak with a healthcare provider, though, before starting any new supplements.

Include adequate protein throughout the day, at each meal or snack, and stay well-hydrated with water or other unsweetened beverages.

A nutritionist might be able to develop an individualized eating plan to encourage wound healing, too. Consider talking about that with a healthcare provider.

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