Summer is arriving in just a couple of short weeks. When you think of summer, does playing volley ball at the beach come to mind? Do you crave night time walks on those cool breezy days? Or do you enjoy a bike ride along the shore?
No matter what your favorite activity is, you can agree it will be severely inhibited if you are in pain, discomfort, or are healing from a surgery. How can you heal as quickly as possible? Don’t know where to look for the cure to pain?
Look no further! Not only will a physical therapist guide you to optimal healing, but regular exercises prescribed by the therapist (and practicing these exercises at home) will ultimately speed the recovery process.
“Your therapist will guide you through safe exercises as you heal from surgery but if you are not eating good food, not drinking enough water, and participating in activities such as smoking your rate of healing will be slow.”
Does this mean you have to say good bye to your favorite foods? Of course not! However, overall health, wellness, and nutrition do play a significant role in the healing process, along with regular and continued physical therapy visits.
Here are Three Nutrition Tips that can aid in your recovery:
- Choose high protein foods. Protein helps our muscles grow, recuperate, and strengthen. Try to aim for 30 grams of protein at each meal to not only ensure that you are consuming enough protein, but to also help with the healing process. Choose lean protein sources, such as chicken without the skin, lean beef (such as sirloin), lean pork (pork loin), fish, egg whites, and fat free/low fat (1%) dairy. Choosing lean sources of protein will decrease saturated fat intake, which is shown to cause inflammation in the body.
- Aim for 25-35 grams of fiber each day. Not having enough fiber in our daily diet can inhibit the digestion process, which can lead to uncomfortable gas, bloating, and stomach pains. This can prevent you from wanting to do your daily exercises. Choose whole wheat carbohydrates, fresh fruits/vegetables, and other sources high in fiber. Fresh fruits and vegetables will also aid in decreasing inflammation in the body, aiding in recovery.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Do you have health goals you want to achieve by the summer? Schedule a session a Registered Dietitian to help design a plan that will help you achieve the goals you want!
Start preparing for the activities you would love to do this summer. Call us at 609-738-3144 to learn how, today!
Michele Wroblewski, RDN
Caruso Physical Therapy and Nutrition, LLC
1278 Yardville Allentown Rd. Suite 3
Allentown, NJ 08501