The Best Supplements to Take When Recovering From Surgery

The Best Supplements to Take When Recovering From Surgery

Surgery can be a scary experience and it always places a lot of stress on the human body. It is vital that you take care of your body after surgery by following instructions given to you by your doctor, surgeon, and care team. It is also important to note that in your recovery period, you may be stuck in bed for a few days or even a few weeks and this can take a toll on your body. You can ease the effect on your body by taking care of yourself, staying hydrated and taking supplements to help yourself recover well!

 

Vitamin D

After surgery you will often be spending a lot more time inside. It is a good idea to take Vitamin D supplements 1-2 weeks before your surgery and  at least 2 weeks after your life has gone back to normal. Vitamin D is often called ‘‘the sunshine vitamin” and it is best given to us by the sun.

Why is it so important:

Without adequate Vitamin D you can experience bone pain, anxiety, low energy levels and a lack of Vitamin D can impair wound healing!

 

Vitamin K

Before you being taking Vitamin-K supplements you need to discuss the risks with your surgeon as for certain surgeries you cannot take it before or for a time after as it can cause blood clots. This is one of the reasons why it is recommended for minor surgery however, as it helps with post-surgery bleeding and ensures wounds heal faster than usual!

Why is it so important:

Vitamin-K helps the body with the blood clotting process and the vitamin also helps with calcium production which helps strengthen bones. It also helps to lower blood pressure.

 

Fish Oil/Omega-3

Fish oil is perhaps the most common supplement in Western World. It is known for its good cholesterol, ability to help us remain heart healthy and its ability to help regulate weight loss.

It is also a fantastic option after surgery, and it is a low-risk supplement that allows you to reap many benefits.

Why is it so important:

Fish oil and Omega-3 help the body lower and regulate inflammation levels which is important when your body is in recovery. It also helps with liver function so it is something that should be taken after any form of digestive surgery such as gallbladder removal, where excess pressure is placed on the liver.  

 

Iron

Iron helps produce oxygen in the blood and helps with blood flow. Humans used to get a lot of iron in their diet but an estimated 4.5% of all Australian adults are at risk of an iron deficiency, or anaemia. Iron is an important nutrient that the body needs to function well and without it the body often reacts badly, with fatigue, sores and the shrinking of red blood cells being common symptoms of an iron deficiency.  

Why is it so important?

Anaemia puts people at a high risk of excess bleeding and lack of iron can cause complications if a blood transfusion is required.



Images:
1) Mika Baumeister on Unsplash
2) Daily Nouri on Unsplash

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.