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Healing foods, such as milk, yogurt, orange and pineapple, are important in recovery after surgery because they facilitate the formation of the tissue that closes the wounds and helps to reduce the scar mark.

To improve healing, it is also important to keep the body well hydrated, as the skin is more elastic and the scar is better. A good solution can be water-rich foods like oranges, watermelons, cucumbers and soups in general. Know which foods are rich in water.

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Foods to heal faster

Check the table for examples of foods that contribute to better healing of the skin and should be consumed in the postoperative period, after a cut or getting a tattoo or piercing:

 Exemples  Benefit in the healing period  
Protein-rich foods Lean meat, egg, fish, gelatin, milk and dairy products Help in the formation of tissue that will be necessary to close the wound. 
Omega 3-rich foods Sardines, salmon, tuna or chia seeds Reduce inflammation by facilitating healing. 
Healing fruits Orange, strawberry, pineapple or kiwi Important in collagen formation, which helps the skin to become firmer. 
Foods rich in Vitamin K Broccoli, asparagus or spinach They help with coagulation by stopping bleeding and facilitating healing. 
Iron-rich foods Liver, egg yolk, chickpeas, peas or lentils Helps keep blood cells healthy, which are important for bringing nutrients to the wound site. 
Foods rich in Vaina Soy, brazil nuts, barley or eggplant Improve tissue regeneration quality. 
Foods rich in Vitamin E Sunflower, hazelnut or peanut seeds Improves the quality of formed skin. 
Foods rich in Vitamin A Carrot, tomato, mango or beetroot They are good for preventing inflammation of the skin. 

Foods that hinder healing

Certain foods, popularly known as oars, hinder healing and should not be consumed after surgery, while still having stitches, such as sweets, soft drinks, fried foods or processed meats, such as sausage and sausage.

These foods can impair healing because sugar and industrialized fat increase inflammation in the body and hinder blood circulation, which is essential for nutrients to reach the wound to heal tissue.

Therefore, it is important to exclude from the diet everything that has fat and especially sugar, such as:

Powdered sugar, honey, cane molasses

Soda, candies, chocolate, ice cream and cookies, stuffed or not

Chocolate milk, jams with sugar

Fatty meats, pork, sausage, sausage, bacon

A good strategy is to look at the label of processed foods and check if there is sugar in the product’s ingredient list. Sometimes sugar is hidden under some strange names like Maltodextrin or Corn syrup.


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