.Faster Post-Op Recovery
5 Smart Tricks to Recover More Quickly!
You may have recently gone through a surgical operation. The post-operative experience can be filled with a lot of rest and enduring the pain of the procedure.
While it might be easy to sympathize with your condition and do nothing to better your situation, there are actually things you can do to speed up your recovery. Here are five tricks to help you recover and get back on your feet faster.
Just because you are recovering from an operation, this does not mean you cannot have other parts of your body massaged.
Gentle massage will help improve circulation, reduce and eliminate inflammation, relieve pain and make you rest deeper.
It is that deeper sleep that you need to engage the parasympathetic nervous system that sets about repairing your body more efficiently.
2. Reducing Refined/Processed Salt in Your Diet
During recovery, it may be useful to reduce table (processed/refined) salt in your diet to prevent additional swelling.
Although swelling is essential in the healing response of the body, salt causes you to retain water. This results in swelling. It also slows down the healing process considerably.
Although you might be used to drinking (processed, sugar-saturated) sports drinks while recovering, these drinks contain a lot of sodium and should be avoided.
3. Eating Fats and Protein
When you are on the mend, natural fats and protein are a great foundation for a healing diet.
Protein like salmon and eggs provide amino acids that can be reused to repair your flesh. Fats help you absorb vitamins D, A, and K. Along with the heme iron from meat, these fat soluble vitamins help to rebuild bones.
Saturated fats, in particular, are essential for the proper functioning of your immune system.
4. Deep Breathing
Deep breathing helps to increase the amount of oxygen in your body while reducing the amount of carbon dioxide. It can help to reduce the stress that slows down the healing process.
5. Light Exercise
When you are recovering, you will probably not want to work up a huge sweat. However, you should try to get a little light exercise.
A 30-minute walk around the neighborhood can help to reduce stress and even cause your body to release endorphins. Endorphins can make you feel better and reduce the intensity of pain.
You are now well on your way towards recovery. However, this time, you are going to recover a bit faster than you would have without applying these five recovery tricks.
Although recovery requires rest and time, this does not mean you cannot be an active participant in your own speedy recovery. As you’ve seen here, there are many things you can do to help yourself heal and recover faster.
Article by Dixie Somers
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