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Have you ever paid attention to the time it takes to heal your wounds? If not, then it’s high time you should, because it’ll help you find out how robust your immunity is. And just in case, if your wounds take longer than usual to heal, don’t worry. You can add some foods to your diet to accelerate wound healing.
Many foods such as vegetables, fruits, protein-rich sources, and healthy fats help in healing your wounds. That’s because they reduce inflammation, promote the production of white blood cells, improve the immune system, and provide the essential fuel for your body to recover.
Turmeric has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, which help in faster healing of wounds. It also helps to relieve wound pain. You can have it with milk or can even apply it on your wound for better results.
Milk is rich in calcium, which is why it can accelerate the process of wound healing.
Almonds, walnuts, hemp seeds, pecans and sunflower seeds help in the faster healing of wounds. Nuts and seeds provide plant-based proteins, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats that support healing. They are also rich in zinc, manganese, magnesium and vitamin E. They act as antioxidants and provide protection against cellular damage in the body.
“Chicken broth is rich in several minerals like magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, etc. It is also rich in collagen, which is excellent for joint health. It helps in faster healing of wounds and makes our immune system strong,” suggests celebrity nutritionist, Manisha Chopra.
Berries are filled with nutrients and compounds that help the body to heal wounds faster than usual. They are rich in vitamin C, which aids in wound healing by stimulating the production of collagen. They also contain antioxidants and possess anti-inflammatory, antiviral and immune- supporting properties.
Veggies provide a range of vitamins and minerals, which are essential to heal the body. They also contain carbohydrates, which give energy and prevent the muscles from breaking down. They are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and fibre, which helps to prevent constipation, which is a common side-effect of pain medication and reduced mobility. One can include veggies like cauliflower, carrots, broccoli, bell peppers, potatoes, cabbage and brussels sprouts to their diet for better healing of wounds.
Not all fats are bad. Healthy fats are essential for your body, as they provide energy as well as vitamin E that helps in reducing the appearance of scars on your body. These fats also strengthen the immune system and decrease the chances of catching infection. Coconut oil, olive oil, seeds, nuts, and avocados are some examples of healthy fats.
Your doctor must have advised you to eat more eggs, after suffering from an injury. This is because eggs are high in protein, vitamin A, E, B-complex, folic acid, calcium, riboflavin, iron and zinc. Just one egg can provide you with a bundle of nutrients. This is why eggs are most commonly eaten, when one is in the recovery stage.
Probiotics are essential for our body. They are healthy bacteria that help us digest food, maintain our mental health and fight infections and all kinds of germs. When we get injured, sometimes the equilibrium between good and bad bacteria gets disturbed, resulting in complications like nausea and constipation. Hence, probiotics help our bodies to keep bad bacteria at bay. You can include kimchi, yogurt and pickles to your diet.
“We’ve all been wounded, quite a few times in our lives. Some heal quickly and some take time, but do you know healing of your wounds is also dependent on the food you eat? Have you ever noticed that most wounds suffered by fit and healthy people heal much faster than the wounds on unhealthy people? That is because of the type of food they eat. So, add all these delicious foods to your diet and see a significant difference in wound healing,” concludes Manisha.