Recently, I had a beautiful woman reach out to me for advice for her daughter who will be undergoing surgery soon.

I love when people ask what they can do to prepare their skin and help wound healing as sometimes food is overlooked with all the technicalities and medications surrounding surgical intervention.

Here are a few quick and delicious tips that can dramatically improve reactions to anesthesia, x-rays, ultrasound, pain medication and reduce stress related to surgery.

Topical Remedies

Prepping the skin with cold pressed coconut oil twice per day 2-4 weeks out from surgery can help to decrease damage from free radical oxidization, reduce nerve damage during surgery, help with skin elasticity and accelerate post-surgery healing. Pure vitamin E oil combined with a drop of lavender essential oil once per day can also help avoid scarring. Dabbing the wound post-surgery with fresh aloe vera can help repair collagen and tissues. It can also be a gentle relief for swelling too (doesn’t need to be post-surgery for that!). Honey can also help in some instances to reduce or counteract infection.

Inside Out

  • Nutritionally it is just as important to get the good oils inside as it is to apply them topically. So increasing clean fish oils, coconut oil and ground flaxseed to help with healing (also supports a happy nervous system and hormones prior to, during and post surgery).

  • In addition, boosting the body with vitamins C, E and A, Selenium, Zinc to repair and aid T cell replacement, help reduce infection, support collagen and liver and boost the immune system. Some of these foods include: citrus fruits, capsicum, brussell sprouts, broccoli, other dark leafy greens like kale, bok choi, cherries, strawberries, kiwi, pineapple, paw paw and rock melon – canteloupe, spinach (cooked), brazil nuts (2-3 per day), almonds, pistachios, sunflower seeds, avocados, fish, extra virgin olive oil, shellfish, yellow squash, and pumpkin, carrots, dark leafy greens, squash, romaine lettuce, dried apricots, cantaloupe, sweet red peppers, mango, tuna, pumpkin seeds, quinoa and almonds.

  • Bromelain in pineapple also helps with healing so either including pineapple in the diet pre and post op or adding a natural bromelain supplement may be good support also.

  • Ginger and peppermint teas are also great to settle the stomach after surgery.

  • Protein also plays a vital role in healing, and making sure you have ample stores of the right proteins prior to surgery can aid recovery. Choosing clean organic sources of fish, chicken, turkey or eggs or lentils, almonds, quinoa, walnuts and fresh nut butters prior to surgery are great ways of ensuring you aren’t protein deficient when you go into surgery.

Supplements

Personally I always opt for whole food supplements wherever possible, even when the levels are a little low as absorption always plays a key factor. Glutamine and Arginine (amino acids) supplements can be an excellent support in preventing nerve damage and boosting sleep and mood before and after surgery. 3 or more strain refrigerated probiotics, fermented veggies, kefir or kombucha tea may also aid absorption and support a healthy gut which supports happy nerves and boosts the immune system! If you are feeling particularly stressed in the lead up to surgery, you may like to try a Bach remedy such as this rescue remedy from Amazon – http://amzn.to/2o1MEbG

Of course, before trying any new foods or adding supplements into your intake its always important to speak to your treating physician and/or natural doctor to ensure there are no contraindications. In saying this, most of these tips are just at-home healthy practices that you can add into your daily intake without any side effects.

Always in healthy love!

Marissa xo