5 Foods to Eat During Any Wound Care Regimen

5 Foods to Eat During Any Wound Care Regimen

Innovative OutcomesThe proper nutrients, like those found in mushrooms, are essential for an effective wound care regimen. In the past, we have touched on the importance of nutrition during a wound care regimen. For instance, several smaller meals throughout the day can give your body the energy needed to heal effectively. Or, vitamins like A and C can boost your body's immune system. But there is so much more to proper nutrition and effective wound healing. To ensure your body is getting all the nutrients it needs, consider adding these five foods to your diet during a wound care regimen:

1. Garlic

Not only does garlic have benefits for Alzheimer's and cancer, but it's long been associated with proper wound care. In fact, some older civilizations used garlic cloves as an early antiseptic, according the University of Maryland Medical Center. Those people were onto something, as garlic contains a number of powerful antioxidants that can fight off infection.

2. Cauliflower

Garlic isn't the only food rich in antioxidants. Cauliflower contains loads of immune-boosting antioxidant chemicals, making it one of the best sources alongside Brussels sprouts and broccoli. Plus, cauliflower has loads of other chemical compounds that aid in wound care. These include glutathione, which combats bacteria, and choline for rebuilding tissue structures.

3. Salty foods

As a rule, people avoid foods with a lot of salt because it can raise blood pressure and put the heart at risk. However, as several studies have shown in recent years, salt can actually be a huge booster for wound healing. One such study, published in the journal Cell Metabolism in spring 2015, found that salt can boost your body's immune system and fight off infection more effectively. That's led to subsequent research into salt-centered diets and how to develop some form of salt therapy.

4. Mushrooms

Much like garlic, mushrooms' medicinal qualities have been used for hundreds of years. These mushrooms increase the body's immune function; specifically, they streamline the creation and activity of white blood cells, which are often seen as the first line of defense against invading viruses and bacteria. For the most beneficial mushrooms possible, opt for shiitake, reishi, or maitake.

5. Spinach

There is a reason Popeye the Sailor Man relied so heavily on spinach. It might not give you super strength, but these leafy green vegetables do have loads of other health benefits. Spinach contains both vitamin A and C and calcium, and these combat infection, aid in the movement of cells, help epithelial cells grow and improve overall immunity, among other essential steps for wound healing. Plus, you can cook spinach in a number of different ways, including a simple salad or with other foods like eggs or pasta. Before making any adjustment to your nutrition plan consult your physician. Your clinician will be able to guide you on what foods and vitamins are needed to meet your health needs. You can have your clinician contact Innovative Outcomes to learn more about our range of specialized wound care supplies.
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