A healthy diet is very important for good wound healing. Unhealthy food is counterproductive and disrupts healing. With a wound you use extra energy (calories), protein and sometimes extra vitamins and minerals. The body uses these substances to heal the wound. You also sometimes lose a lot of fluid through the exudate (fluid a wound can produce). To stimulate healing, you can compensate for these losses through your diet.
Which nutrients are important in wound healing?
When you have a wound it is important to get enough proteins. Proteins ensure the development of new tissue. High-protein foods include meat, chicken, egg, and dairy products.
Several vitamins (A, B, C and E) are important in wound healing. A lack of a single vitamin can delay healing. Therefore, eat healthy and varied and stick to the daily recommended amounts, with alternating meat, fish and chicken and lots of vegetables and fruit.
Zinc and iron, among others, are essential minerals for wound healing. Zinc plays a role in wound healing. Iron is important for, among other things, the oxygen supply to the wound. Zinc is obtained from protein-rich foods. Iron can be found in spinach, whole-wheat bread and whole-wheat pasta.
Healing a wound requires a lot of energy. Energy that you must replenish with a well-balanced diet.
A good fluid intake and balance is good for wound healing. Drink at least 1.5 liters of fluids to keep your body in good shape (unless your doctor prescribes otherwise).