Nutrition after surgery: how to fuel your recovery
Every year, thousands of Canadians undergo surgery.
And the process, including the effects of anesthesia,
can take a toll on your body in many ways says registered dietitian Lori Halton.
Some of the general side effects of surgery are constipation,
fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting.
To combat constipation, get plenty of fluids and
reach for fibre rich foods, like fresh fruits, vegetables and
whole grains. Halton says adding protein to every meal and snack
with things like meat, eggs and beans, will help heal wounds, build energy
and keep you immune system strong.
For nausea and vomiting, Halton recommends bland foods and small frequent meals
instead of three big ones. Peppermint and ginger in forms of candies
and teas may also help alleviate symptoms. Depending
on what type of surgery you’ve had, your doctor may recommend easing
back to eating progressively, starting with clear fluids and moving
back towards your regular diet over time. People who don’t have
an appetite or their appetite has been reduced for a while, a dietitian
may suggest a nutritional supplement such
as Boost or Ensure that would have the protein and calories
that would help alleviate fatigue and help the body
with healing and give you energy. Eating well can also contribute
to the healing process after surgery. Choose whole grains,
lean meat and fish such as salmon for omega threes and oils, and avocado.
Choosing healthy whole foods, and less sugar, alcohol
and processed foods is key says Halton. But if you’re really
craving some comfort foods, a pot of chicken soup
is also a safe bet. With Sunnyview, I’m Monica Matys.