Your health should always be your number one priority. It’s very fragile, and once you get sick or hurt, it can take a lot of time, effort, and patience to get healthy again. Surgery is one of the ways to get better, but it’s particularly stressful because your body goes through a lot: incisions, stitches, and a long healing process. If, however, you decide to change your diet before the surgery and stick to it for a while afterwards, you will ensure that you heal faster and significantly reduce your recovery time.
When should you start preparing?
If you’re aware that you current diet isn’t particularly healthy, you should start with small and gradual changes approximately three weeks before your surgery, but ideally a month before. You should increase your daily intake of vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients, but first and foremost you should start by drinking more water. Even if you start dieting two weeks before surgery it doesn’t mean that you’re too late or that your diet should be stricter.
Deep fried foods are bad for your heart even if you don’t have a scheduled surgery, but you should eliminate it completely at least two weeks before. Limit your unhealthy fat intake – eliminate margarine from your diet completely and use butter instead (remember, even the lowest-quality butter is ten times better than any margarine). Foods with saturated and trans-fat should not be anywhere near your fridge and plate. Instead, you should increase your intake of healthy fats and monounsaturated oils. Use flaxseed oils as well as extra virgin olive oil for salad dressings, and start preparing your meats on coconut oil.
Limit intake of sugar and caffeine
As your surgery approaches, you should eliminate caffeine as well as sugar. There are certain foods which may have a bad effect on your immunity, as well as interfere with anesthesia, so it’s best you avoid them completely at least a week before surgery. First and foremost, limit your intake of caffeine. This means no green tea, as it contains as much caffeine as coffee does, and if you can’t imagine your life without coffee, you could try decaf. Foods which are high in refined sugar can suppress your immune function, so it’s best if you avoid sweets for a while. If you have a sweet tooth, start eating fresh food dipped in raw honey or dark chocolate, because as sweet as these are, they are also healthy.
If you’re preparing for a surgery, it doesn’t matter whether cosmetic or corrective, your surgeon will often give you antibiotics. They kill bacteria and are great for preventing and treating different infections. Sadly, they will also wipe out some of the good bacteria in your gut. You should start taking probiotics along with your antibiotics, because these will ensure that you keep enough good bacteria in the gut, which means less nausea, bloating, and discomfort which usually occur as a side effect of taking antibiotics.
If you’re a smoker, you should quit smoking for at least a couple of weeks prior and after the surgery, because nicotine slows down the healing process. Start using e-cigarettes and nicotine patches if you have a hard time, but in general you should avoid cigarettes for a while. You should also limit your intake of alcohol, as it can thin your blood. A glass of wine a day is good for your heart, but anything more than that will be bad for your blood and it will slow down the healing process.
How long should you diet?
Depending on how invasive your procedure is, your diet should last at least as long as your recovery time. It can be anything between a couple of days to several weeks. Generally, facelift is the procedure with the longest post-op time of about three weeks (and it takes up to a year for changes in skin sensation to resolve). It takes about two weeks for you to go back to your habits after a liposuction, but there are different kinds of liposuction today. Power assisted liposuction in Perth is less invasive and has a faster recovery time. Still, if you notice that this new diet makes you feel good, you could try sticking to it a bit longer.
One of the ways to make sure you stay healthy is to have a proper diet, full of fresh fruit, and vegetables which will provide enough vitamins and nutrients needed to ensure normal functioning of your body. It might seem like a far-fetched theory, but proper nutrition can actually boost both your metabolism and your immunity and help you heal faster after a surgery. Talk to your doctor and a nutritionist, and help yourself recover faster after a surgery by changing your diet.