Sunday, January 8, 2012

Healthy Foods to Eat When Recovering from Surgery or Injury

It's commonly understood that healthy eating leads to a healthier body. More specifically, though, certain foods have been found to possess specific properties that contribute to healing, which can be incredibly beneficial when recovering from injury or surgery.

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Here are some foods that can help fight infection and contribute to bone strength:


Honey - antibacterial and antiviral properties have been known to help heal wounds.

Blueberries - rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

Pomegranate - features high levels of antioxidants.

Watercress - contains nutrients that build the immune system and support bone health.

Spinach - possesses Vitamin C and beta carotene which have anti-inflammatory qualities.

Carrots - contain antioxidants called carotenoids that help to stimulate the immune system.

Kale - contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Milk - calcium helps bone strength and healing.

Canned Salmon - Salmon bones are high in calcium (important for bone strength), and in canned salmon, soft enough to eat.

Sources: 
"Let Food Be Thy Medicine: Top 10 Healing Foods of the Decade," Huffington Post

"12 Foods with Super-Healing Powers," Care2Make a Difference

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