Did you know that diet plays a major role in wound healing? During the healing process, our body needs good nutrition and an increased amounts of certain nutrients. Incorporating additional protein, vitamin C and Zinc into your diet can significantly accelerate wound healing.
Protein is such an important component that is needed to help build and repair body tissue. According to Danielle Stahl R.N. and Certified Wound Specialist with Home Assist, “not only does the body require increased protein to rebuild damaged tissue, but protein can also be lost through wound drainage, causing a greater deficiency. Proper nutritional intake plays a paramount role in how quickly your tissue will recover. A 150 pound individual requires at least 85 grams of protein a day to support optimal healing.”
Jennifer Lumpkin, R.N., Administrator and Director of Nursing with Home Assist often recommends her Speedy Wound Healing Protein Shake to patients. “It’s a great way for patients to pack in at least an extra 28 grams of protein. It also tastes great and provides many essential vitamins and minerals.”
There are several other nutrients that aid in wound healing. Vitamin C is another and it is required for the synthesis of collagen, a protein found in the skin and connective tissue. Studies have shown that vitamin C can help speed the healing process of wounds. Zinc is another important nutrient that assists the body in producing new tissue and strengthens the immune system to fight against infection.
Mandy Ratz, RN and Assistant Director of Nursing for Home Assist states eggs can be a great source of protein for those in need of wound healing. “High protein foods can often be expensive and eggs provide an excellent low cost option for high protein. Zinc and protein are two key nutrients present in eggs that help play a role in wound heal!”
Although, egg lovers beware. According to Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, from Mayo Clinic, most healthy people can eat up to seven eggs a week with no increase in their risk of heart disease.
Do you have a non healing wound? Home Assist has a Wound Care Program that could be right for you.
If you experience or need any of the following, you may be a candidate for wound care home health. These services are covered by insurance and they can help you become more independent and improve your quality of life.
- Non-healing wound
- Wounds that have not improved in 2 weeks
- Wounds that are in need of a new treatment plan
- Complex wound care needs
- New pressure ulcer
- Wound Prevention