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Nutrition and Wound Healing

Healing a wound maybe compared to growing a garden. Plants require sunshine and rain in order to receive the necessary nutrients for flowers to grow. Wounds, on the other hand, require nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and proteins in order to build new tissue to heal the wound.

These vitamins, minerals and proteins must be supplied to the body through the foods we eat. It is very important to eat a well balanced diet, which includes the required amounts of fruits, vegetables, meats dairy products, fats and breads or grains. It is important for you to understand the proper amounts to eat each day. This will ensure that your body is right amount of nutrients to heal your wound.

It is also important to try to drink 6-8 glasses of water each day and to limit alcohol intake. Avoid adding extra salt to your food, and limit canned or processed foods such as fast foods. Also limit foods such as candy, cakes, cookies, fruit juices or regular sodas, and avoid fried foods.

Eat three meals each day, choosing a variety of foods from each group, keeping in mind that fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly those high in fiber, often contain the most nutrients. If your doctor has recommended a special diet for diabetes, weight control or another medical reason, it is important to discuss this with your nurse at the Wound Center.